Herb Festival, Spring Plant Sale,Tomatomania!®,
and Bromeliad Bonanza 2014

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Herb Festival, Spring Plant Sale, and Tomatomania®

Sharon LovejoyWe 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.


NEW: Kidzone
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.

Botanical Printers

Cost: Free with admission or membership


In the Eucalyptus Grove

You're never too young to start enjoying tomatoes!

Tomatomania®The Tomatomania crew will
be ready to answer all your tomato-related questions! 

Speakers 2014

Saturday, March 15

Herb Garden Walk • Faith Meakin
“The Pleasure of Herbs”

Faith is a SDBG Docent and Leader of the Herb Garden Beautification Team.

Ecke Building • Cindy Christand Joanne Odenthal
“How to use herbs in your daily life to improve your health”

Herbal Foods, Herbal Medicines, Herbal Cocktails
Come join Joanne and Cindy for this two hour demonstration on how to use herbs daily for your health. In hour one, learn simple spice blends and pesto recipes to zip up your cooking. They also help you digest your food and provide loads of antioxidants and phytonutrients. In hour two, learn how to prepare simple herbal medicines for common ailments like colds, flu and headache. We’ll end each hour with a recipe for a fun herbal cocktail. Take the recipes home and try these in your own kitchen! Taste samples will be shared.

Larabee House • Chef Elizabeth
“How to grow your own Sun Dried Tomatoes and use them in recipes”. How to make your own “sun-dried” tomatoes.

Featuring a zesty hot pepper sauce which employs those delicious, leathery, flavor filled jewels. A vegetarian dish with a lot of flavor and health.

Ecke Building • Dr. Phil Goscienski
“Everything you always wanted to know about Chocolate: from the Mayas to Godiva”

Native Plants/Native People Walk • Dennis Sharmahd
“Medicinal herbs and trees in the Garden”

Ecke Building • Sharon Lovejoy
"Secrets of a Good Natured Gardener (and Garden)"

Ecke Building • Scott Daigre

“How to grow the perfect Tomato”

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ecke Building • Lisa Chaddock
“Cooking with native plants — cheesy buckwheat, sage biscuits and corn chowder”

Herb Garden Walk • Anne Spindel
“Stories and ledgends about the herbs and their culinary uses”

Ecke Building • Margaret Nee
“Herbs for Aging Dogs”

Herbs are important for dogs of all ages, but our elder companions can benefit immensely from the power of plants. Learn about the herbs and mushrooms that will help your dog maintain their health and vitality, and how to offer them with ease.

Larabee House • Mary Dralle
“Tarragon and tuna salad and how the herb applies to the Longevity Diet”

Have you ever made a salad that was a meal in a bowl and the only thing it needed was a slice of good bread and a glass of wine? Come celebrate a Salad with Tarragon and Tuna as Mary ‘Klibs’ Dralle explains the herb, recipe and how it applies to the Longevity Diet.

Ecke Building • Sharon Lovejoy
"Contain Your Creativity (in pots, that is)"

Native Plants Walk • Mary Roperand Sharon Clay Rose
“A tour of the Kumeyaay home site to learn how they used the plants in their daily life”.

Join docents Sharon Clay Rose and Mary Roper for a tour of the Kumeyaay home site and Native Plants preservation area. Learn how the first peoples of the garden used native plants
for food, clothing, housing, hunting and fishing, music and medicine.

Ecke Building • Stephen Baldonadofrom “Tomatomania”
“How to grow the perfect tomato”

Music 2014
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

ABC Rags
Lavender Dream pillows

A-Z of Herbs - Judy Dunning

Aunt Be
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
Cooking Classes

Elizabeth’s Kitchen
Aged vinegar, kitchen tools, books, cd’s and cookies

Diane’s Herbs
Herbs, veggies and flowers

Lotion Lady – Kristen Prinzing
Natural Skin Care

The Art of the Dog – Margarat Nee
Dried Herbs

California Rare Fruit Growers - June Anderson