Videos to Watch
Paul @SDBGarden's Dir. of Horticulture
explains how to "Fight the Flu With Herbs". Click Here
Sam's Big Day -
Galapagos Tortoise Moves to San Diego Botanic Garden
This video "Sam's Big Day" shares how a 600 lb Galapagos tortoise was moved from a home in Fallbrook CA to the San Diego Botanic Garden. It proved to very easy as Sam the tortoise will follow you just about any where for bananas.
There is also a very interesting back story about this special tortoise and its tie to Julian Duval, President/CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden which started in 1966. It also touches on the love and special care Sam has received for over 40 years by Lois Dickson.
Sam is clearly very fond of interacting with people but it is not possible for that experience to be available to everyone visiting the Botanic Garden. So until Sam will be provided a display exhibit when the Garden expects to expand he will be available as a therapy animal for people with special needs.
Yelp's Garden Glamboree
Yelp North County San Diego hosted a big bash at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Trish Sanderson from Yelp and Botanic Garden CEO Julian Duvall talk about how Garden Glamboree helped raise funds for the North County nonprofit. May 30, 2013
Plants Grow People
The powerful partnership between the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and the San Diego Botanic Garden proves that PLANTS CAN GROW PEOPLE, all over the world. Video by Here's My Chance | Directed by David S. Kessler | Music by Gretchen Lohse
Gala in the Garden
On September 10th, 400 guests gathered at San Diego Botanic Garden for the Gala in the Garden: A Celebration of Nature, Art and James Hubbell. As our largest fundraiser, the Gala raised over $165,000 to support the Garden’s exhibits and educational programs. Video courtesy of Morgan Digital Video
Frogs and Lizards
San Diego Botanic Garden has more than plants. Our grounds host a variety of wildlife including these frogs and lizards.
Annual Insect Festival
Bees, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and Walking Sticks are just a few of the insects you'll see at our Insect Festival.
Insect Festival on San Diego Living July 9, 2010
Julian Duval and Marc Bailey, host of "San Diego Living" on San Diego Channel 6, share notes on the relationship of insects, critters and plants, in anticipation of summer's annual Insect and Garden Festival.
Between Wildfires is a 28 minute video where various experts share their knowledge on how to be better prepared for the inevitable wildfires that are part of the environment in Southern California.
Richard Louv speaks with Julian Duval about the Importance of Children and Nature; July 2007
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, speaks about the importance for children to have a hands-on experience in nature. He advocates they get their hands dirty and their feet wet! See how the San Diego Botanic Garden can inspire children of all ages to enjoy nature.
Be Water Smart
This production was funded by a grant from the San Diego County Water Authority.
Gardens of Ideas For Water Conservation
The links below are to YouTube
Gardens of Ideas For Water Conservation Part 1 of 3
Gardens of Ideas For Water Conservation Part 2 of 3
Gardens of Ideas For Water Conservation Part 3 of 3
Low Water Gardening
Click Here for Complete Low Water Plant List
Many local landscape plants are more drought tolerant than most people think. Often people water their plants and gardens
30-80% more than they need.
On the other hand, newly planted plants, and especially trees and large shrubs need more water for the first year or two. Most perennials and smaller fast growing shrubs need extra water for 6-8 months, especially in the summer.
For most plants the best time to plant is in the fall or early winter so that roots can establish over our rainy season. Of course, most winters we don’t really get too much rain so additional watering is necessary.
Generally, if you want fast growth initially, water more, but when the plants get larger cut back on the watering. This will restrict future growth and eliminate a lot of unnecessary pruning and trimming.
Download Low Water Plants Take Along List