Herb Festival, Spring Plant Sale,Tomatomania!®,
and Bromeliad Bonanza 2014
March 15 – 16
9 am – 5 pm
We are very excited to have Sharon Lovejoy as our special guest speaker at this year’s Herb Festival, Spring Plant Show and Tomatomania®, and Bromeliad Bonanza. Sharon’s passion for the natural world guided her to become an award winning nature, gardening, and children’s book author and water color illustrator.
As a graduate with Distinction in the Field of Art from San Diego State University, Sharon successfully combined her training in art with her love of botany and natural science. She worked as a docent naturalist for the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History and for the Smithsonian Institution in the lagoons of Baja, California.
During the course of her brilliant career she has founded organizations, written and appeared in countless books and publications, been a guest on many radio and television shows, and serves as a consultant to over 10 museums, gardens and garden societies.
As a recognized gardening expert, Sharon has lectured throughout the United States at conferences, educational symposia, museums, botanic gardens, arboreta, public and private educational institutions, and for professional trade associations and gardening organizations.
Sharon’s Speaking Topics
Secrets of a Good Natured Gardener (and Garden): It’s all about team work, and in this program, the “team” is a hard working host of critters, herbs, edibles, and native plants. Author Sharon Lovejoy will introduce you to some often overlooked and under-appreciated garden workers who can help transform your soil and yard into a verdant and bountiful landscape.
Contain Your Creativity (in pots, that is): Gorgeous containers brimming with plants are the quick change artists of your garden. They’ll add color, flavor, and scent to even the most boring area. Join author Sharon Lovejoy as she leads you down the pathway to create small theme gardens in bountiful containers. Harvest ideas for a mini herb garden, a hummingbird haven, a tea garden, knot garden, beneficial insects medley, gourmet’s delight, Italian dinner bowl, succulent mosaic, window boxes, and more.
In addition to Sharon’s presentations, there will be on-going speakers on garden and herb-related topics, guided tours of the Herb Garden, Herb Festival Marketplace, the A-Z or Herbs information booth, and the SDBG Spring Plant Sale with a multitude of vendors.
Back by popular demand is Tomatomania® with lectures on culture and care and plenty of tomato seedlings.
NEW: Bromeliad Bonanza
Come and shop for a wide variety of bromeliads not available in nurseries. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and give advice on growing and caring for these sub-tropical plants that are both water wise and exotic, guaranteed to give any garden a luxuriant character.
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 3 pm
Petting Zoo (small extra charge applies)
Pony Rides (small extra charge applies)
Special Craft Activity Featuring the Herb of the Year – Artemisias
Learn about this marvelous plant and its uses. The aromatic leaves of some species are used for flavoring. Such as, A. dracunculus (tarragon) which is widely used as a culinary herb, particularly important in French cuisine. However, most species have an extremely bitter taste.
For details on speakers, vendors, coupons and more, visit SDBGarden.org as we get closer to the event.
Cost: Free with admission or membership
In the Eucalyptus Grove
You're never too young to start enjoying tomatoes!
The Tomatomania crew will
be ready to answer all your tomato-related questions!
Saturday, March 15
Ecke Bldg. – Cindy Christ
Herb Garden – Peggy Bruce/Faith Meakin
Ecke Bldg – Joanne Odenthal
Larabee – Chef Elizabeth
Ecke Dr. Goscienski
Native Plants/Native People – Dennis Sharmahd
Ecke Bldg. – Sharon Lovejoy
Ecke Bldg. – Tomatomania – Scott Daigre
Sunday, March 16
Ecke Bldg. – Lisa Chaddock
Herb Garden – Anne Spindel
Ecke Bldg. Margaret Nee
Larabee – Mary Dralle
Ecke Bldg. Sharon Lovejoy
Native Plants/Native People –
Mary Roper/Sharon Clay Rose
Ecke Bldg. – Tomatomania – Stephen Baldonado
|Hosted by Bob Ballentine. Bob has invited a
group of professional guitarists who will share
their folk-style acoustical talents.
Namely: Jon Ji, Will Sumner, Bruce Grehaus,
Andy Laird and several others.
|Herbal Marketplace Vendors 2014
Lavender Dream pillows
A-Z of Herbs - Judy Dunning
Lotions, Creams, Botanicals
Coastal Sage Gardening - John Noble
Gardening classes, Botany for Kids, Garden Design, Landscaping
Following Seasons - Cindy Christ
Herbal apothecary, herbal soaps and essential oils
Cookin’ with Klibs – Mary Dralle
Aged vinegar, kitchen tools, books, cd’s and cookies
Herbs, veggies and flowers
Lotion Lady – Kristen Prinzing
Natural Skin Care
The Art of the Dog – Margarat Nee
California Rare Fruit Growers - June Anderson
Blossom Valley Protea
Double Peak Plumeria
Encinitas Garden Festival
Gardens by the Sea Nursery
Garden Glories Nursery
Gourds by Grace
One of a Kind Designs
San Diego Epiphyllum Society
San Diego Urban Homsteads
The Madd Potter
The Worm's Way
Tip Top Bio-Control
Woodturning by Doug Stark