Ecke Building

9th Annual Lung Hsiang Exhibit
& Sale

April 29 – July 13
Ecke Building
9 am – 5 pm

The 9th Annual Lung Hsiang Exhibit & Sale featuring original Chinese Brush Paintings by members of the Lung Hsiang chapter of the American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting will be held at the Ecke Building at San Diego Botanic Garden from Wednesday, April 29 to Monday, July 13, 2015. The exhibit and sale is open daily from 9 am – 5 pm. Over 40 original paintings will be on display exquisitely painted by this San Diego group that has been painting together for over 25 years in the Chinese manner using ink on rice paper and watercolors.

Cost: Free with paid admission or membership.




For further information, call Stephanie Wilson at [email protected] or call 760/ 436-3036 x201




SDBG Class  

Food and Wine Pairing with the
Opera Singing Chef

Saturday, June 13
1:30 pm – 4 pm

The Opera Singing Chef’s annual food and wine pairing class features a fabulous selection of local wines. This year’s menu features Tuscan Spiced Chicken Wings finished with a glaze of balsamic vinegar; Tamales with a Twist filled with potatoes and cilantro, topped with two tasty salsas, tomatillo and roasted vegetable; and to top it all off Mexican Brownies made with Ibarra and dark bakers chocolates, spices and pine nuts. Recipes and tastings given for each menu item will include a song or two.

Cost: Members $35, Non-members $42
Please register by May 29.

Food and Wine Pairing

SDBG Class   Mosaic Garden Jewels
Wednesday, July 1 • 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Wednesday, July 8 • 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Create a beautiful mosaic using ocean rocks and glass beads. Students will learn how to glue and grout colorful beads to create flowers, plants, or other shapes resulting in attractive garden art.
Instructor: Candy Sharda

Cost: Members $30, non-members $36, plus a $20 materials fees is paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class.
Mosaic Garden Jewels
SDBG Class  

Living Wall / Vertical Garden 
Sunday, July 12 • 9 am -12 pm

Learn the basics of planting a living wall.  We will be planting a 10” x 20” wall comprised of a variety of succulents. Living walls can be used to decorate an exterior or interior wall with multitudes of colors, textures and sizes. The possibilities of striking patterns and unique designs are endless!
Instructor: Mary Lou Morgan

Cost: Members $30, non-members $36
plus $70 per student materials paid directly to the instructor at the class.
Please register by July 3.

Living Wall/Vertical Garden

SDBG Class  

Watercolor Botanical Pour Workshop
Sunday, July 12 • 9:30am – 4pm

Watermedia pours provide harmonious glowing washes of color on paper. Paint will literally be poured on wet paper surfaces with a “let it go” attitude! Incredible fusions of color will appear with hardly any effort at all. This is a great way to build up colorful backgrounds for collage and extended layers for stenciling and stamping. Be prepared to loosen up and experiment with different resists and textures to build up the surfaces, paint translucent layers, and create extraordinary botanical shapes. Explore mark-making with gesso, watercolor crayons, and other risk-taking strokes that will break that “tight grip on the brush” approach. All levels are welcome to take this class.
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia.

Cost: Members $81, non-members $97.
Please register by July 6.

Watercolor Botanical Pour

SDBG Class   Build Your Own Hydroponic
Summer Garden

Saturday, July 18 • 9 am – 12 pm

Learn the principles of the hydroponic wick method by building your own sustainable garden to take home. Instructor: Alex Kallas of AgPALS.

Cost: Members $75, non-members $90. Fee includes materials.
Please register by July 10.
Hydroponic Garden
SDBG Class  

Solar Energy: Facts vs Fiction
Sunday, July 19 • 10 – 11am

The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation presents, “Solar Energy: Facts vs. Fiction” as part of their Green Living Workshop Series. Whether you want to lower your electric bill or go off the grid, this workshop is for you! Mike will cut through the misinformation and provide you with a clear understanding of residential solar technology, the benefits of solar - environmental and economic and the real costs. He’ll also talk about how PV solar works with the utility grid and how it affects billing, leasing vs. buying solar panels, current rebates and incentives and other things to consider - roofing, shade, etc.
Bring your questions!

Cost: Members $30, non-members $36.
Please register by July 10.

Solar Energy

SDBG Class   FREE Compost Workshop
Saturday, August 15 • 10 am – 12 pm
Presented by the Solana Center for Recycling

This 2-hour, interactive workshop, will teach the basics of backyard composting and vermicomposting (composting with worms).  Using trial-tested advice and demonstrations, our expert educators will teach you all you need to know to get started with a bin that fits your needs and lifestyle. We invite you to join us to learn more about composting and how it can benefit your garden, home, and community.

Please register online at:
SDBG Class   Care and Cooking Class – I Love Figs
Saturday, September 5 • 9 – 11 am

Fig propagation and care paired with the preparation of fig dishes. Students will learn the finer points of making Rum Raisin Cupcakes and Fig Pizza and enjoy these yummy treats for lunch. Instructor: Celia Kiewit.

Cost: Members $35, non-members $42,
plus a $10 materials fee paid directly to the instructor.
Please register by August 28.
I Love Figs
SDBG Class   Succulent Wreath Class
Tuesday, September 15 • 9 am – 2 pm

Take home a beautiful succulent wreath that you make yourself. Taught by the SDBG wreath team.

Cost: Members $60, non-members $72. Fee includes materials.
Please register by September 11.
Succulent Wreath Class
SDBG Class   Smartphone Nature Photography
Saturday, September 19 • 9 am  -  1 pm

If you own an iPhone or an Android and love nature photography then this class is for you. Today’s smartphones empower us to record the world in ever newer and more personal ways. This 4-hour (and totally fun!) photo workshop will teach you how to take an ordinary nature snapshot and turn it into a work of art using phone aps like Snapseed, Slowshutter, and Procamera. The class will end with a photo critique and discussion. Instructor: Bob Bretell

Cost: Members $59, non-members $71.
Please register by September 11.
Smartphone Nature Photography
SDBG Class  

Cooking Class with Chef Elizabeth,
the Opera Singing Chef
Autumn Themed Recipes

Saturday, September 19 • 2 – 4:30pm

Learn art of making Apple-Smoked Chicken Breasts with Cherry Balsamic Barbecue Sauce, Rustic Red Potato Mash and Gingersnap Rum-Baked Pears. Recipes and samples of each dish will be offered. Instructor: Chef Elizabeth

Cost: Members $35, non-members $42.
Please register by September 11.

Autumn Themed Recipes

SDBG Class   Creative and Colorful Succulent Landscapes
Sunday, September 20 • 10 – 11am

The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation presents, “Creative and Colorful Succulent Landscapes” as part of their Green Living Workshop Series. A drought-tolerant landscape doesn’t have to be a blah, boring xeriscape. Learn how to create a waterwise garden full of color, texture and creativity! This workshop will teach you how to use an artistic approach to design a succulent landscape that is lush, vibrant and low-water use. Melissa Teisl and Jon Hawley of Chicweed Landscape Design will cover design basics, plant selection, plant placement, care and maintenance and provide a handout.

Cost: Members $30, Non-members $36.
Please register by September 11.
Creative and Colorful Succulent Landscapes
SDBG Class  

Ongoing Youth & Adult Programs

Docent-led Guided Tours Every Saturday, 10:30 am
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Botanical Printers 1st Sunday of each month, 9:30 am

Bird Watching 1st Monday of each month, 8 am
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