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Awards Information

For information about NGC Awards click here. This site has the Awards List, Awards Applications and Grants.

For information about CGCI Awards click here. The CGCI Awards Manual 2015-2017 is available for download, click here.

January 2016

Plant Pathology Laboratory You can take your plant specimens to the Department of Agriculture to exam for free. Click here for more information.

Dying Red Apple Groundcover the Master Gardener Association provided this information of why the Red Apple Groundcover is dying.
"We have found a new species of downy mildew in San Diego County that is attacking red apple groundcover (Aptenia cordifolia). The disease is a downy mildew, Peronospora mesembryanthemi. It has a pest rating of Q from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, which means it is a pest of quarantine significance (for now). No action will be taken against it on private property, but plants infected with this organism may not be sold in nurseries. It was previously reported in South Africa and New Zealand, but this is the first report of it in the western hemisphere.

There are currently no known chemical controls that will assist with managing this problem. Because it is possible that this disease is more likely found in plantings that are in the shade, non-chemical options to help manage this pest include letting the area dry out, avoiding overwatering of the plants, and placing future plantings in sunny areas. If you suspect that you have this disease pest, we recommend that you bring a sample of the plant to the County of San Diego Department of Ag Weights and Measures to have it analyzed by our County Pathologist. Their address is 9325 Hazard Way, San Diego, CA 92123.

November 2013

Professional Tree Care Association of San Diego County our mission is to improve our commmunity's quality of life by making our urban forest safer and more beautiful through education and proper tree care.

Poway Nursery is offering free seeds to Poway Valley Garden Club Members. Please identify yourself as a member and your membership entitles you for free expired seed packages.
Click here for Poway Nursery's coupon.

December 2012

Cabbage Salad: served at our Holiday Party

November 2012

Spinach Quiche & Pumpkin Dessert receipes
served at November's meeting.

How Earth-friendly is your garden? Find our more click here to register as a Certified Earth-Friendly Garden and obtain your Earth-Friendly Garden yard sign.

Information you need to know about citrus.
Report citrus diseases and citrus safety tips are on this website, click here.


You can take or mail samples of your pests to the County of San Diego Agriculture Department.
To contact the Ag. Dept. 1-800-491-1899.

This website provides information about trees and forests that are threatened by foreign insects and diseases. Please do NOT mcountryside barn storeove your firewood.

Countryside Barn Store

Thank you Countryside Barn Store for donating gifts to our November program and giving our members a 20% of coupon. Many of us visited your charming store and noticed all the wonderful garden art and home decor.



Charities are calling for a nationwide campaign to help promote mental health after a survey suggested more
peopleare growing anxious. But what sort of advice might be offered?

Blame a long winter, blame media fixations with bad news, blame the credit crunch and the thought of looming global
depression - more people are suffering from anxiety, which can lead to depression. The foundation wants a "mental health promotion campaign that shows individuals how to look after their own mental health".

Number 2 on the list was: Get out in the garden

Gardening has often been cited as a hobby ripe for getting people out of depression. That's because it takes people out
of their own thoughts and helps them focus on something that needs their care and attention, claims Dr. David Harper,
a reader in clinical psychology at the University of East London.

"You're feeling close to nature by being outside and nurturing nature in some way. It connects you to a broader world out there. And if you're growing things, that's going to give you a feeling that you're sustaining things."



Spray for powdery mildew in early morning. Mix: 1 T baking soda, 1 T Hydrogen Peroxide
and a couple drops of liquid soap with 1 gallon of water


August 2010


The Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) has been found in San Diego County. This pest does not have any natural predators in Calfornia and is considered invasive. LBAM larvae feed on the leaves of fruit of more than 2000 plants including many fruit, vegetables, ornamentals and trees grown locally. The County is asking any commerical growers to take their survey (click here) to assist them in determininig priorities for the upcoming quarantine. For more information about LBAM go to: Light Brown Apple Moth Project.


April 2010

County of San Diego: Currently, several areas in San Diego County are quarantined for Diaprepes Root Weevil; Carlsbad (La Costa), Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Encinitas (Olivenhain), Fairbanks Ranch, La Jolla, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Torrey Pines, Solana Beach and University City. Please check the County website for specific locations and more information.

starts June 1, 2009
The City of San Diego Water Department: The City of San Diego has declared a Level 2 - Drought Alert. All customers now have restrictions on how they can use water. Please note the PDF files on their site and the Drought Alert page.

new store in Carmel Mountain Ranch
The Gardener's Cottage, Carmel Mountain Ranch, a magical place where nature meets inspiration and the soul is fed through the senses.

developed by the University of California

UC Verde Buffalo Grass, was developed by the University of California. It produces a dense bright green turf that is the grass of choice for Coastal California and the intense heat of the lower valley of Arizona. It grows to a height of 4 to 8 inches and shows a natural ability to inhibit weed growth.

Originally published on May 28, 2009

For your pup's safety, fence off your spring garden from the rest of your dog's stomping ground. Otherwise, your gorgeous greenery may pose serious health risks for your pooch.

Problem plants and flowers: If consumed, many garden picks can be poison to your dog, including autumn crocus, azaleas, bird-of-paradise, buttercup, Christmas rose, daffodil, day lily, iris, oleander, foxglove, morning glory, mountain mahogany, lily of the valley, rhododendron, and periwinkle.

Vegetable-patch pitfalls: Onions, chives, and garlic, which pets find quite tasty, contain compounds that can cause anemia. The leafy green parts of potato plants also can be toxic.

Frightening fruits: The seeds or pits in apples, plums, cherries, peaches, and apricots contain cyanide, which can cause seizures.

Chemical concerns: A 3- to 4-foot wire-mesh fence should keep your pooch from munching on your garden favorites. But if you think there's even a slight chance that your pup could jump over or dig under the fence, treat your plants, flowers, vegetables, and vines with products that are pet-safe.
All-natural fertilizers and organic weed killers are available at many nurseries. And along with keeping your best friend out of harm's way, you'll be protecting the environment.


Generally speaking, the term "native plants" refers to plants that are native to an area. Native" can encompass all kinds of plants from trees and shrubs to wildflowers and
grasses. It can be interpreted to be as narrow as plants that are only original to an immediate area or as broad as what is native to a state, country or continent. Anyway you spin the word, native plants provide powerful benefits to you and your environment.

All types of creatures will flock to native plants for food and shelter. Wildlife is a sign of a healthy garden, and native plants can provide a much-needed natural habitat for local

Native plants are well suited to the conditions of their original habitat, thus they remain healthy with little maintenance, while other plants need pampering.

Because natives require less special treatment, you can spare the added fertilizers and pesticides, while also cutting back on expensive and potentially wasteful watering
practices. (From an article in Fine Gardening)

From Palomar Pruner

As July approaches and the dreaded first water bill with the new formula instituted, gardeners are getting a lot more serious about changing out to drought tolerant plants in their landscape. Native perennials are one solution. Many also look very interesting mixed with grasses, cactus or succulents. An additional benefit to this type of gardening is the fact that natives don’t like fertilizers and they encourage birds and insects to set up housekeeping. Yes – insects-the insects that are natural predators of other plant eating insects. Which of these numerous, commercially available natives would thrive in your corner of paradise? Please refer to the lists below. Regular water is usually required to establish. In the wild, these plants thrive on shallow, rocky soil. Plants in the Chaparral community set deep tap roots. A mulch cover is helpful initially. Do not remove
leaf drop.
Chaparral (12” or more of rain. Inland foothills to 300’ or more)
Trees- Acacia farnesiana
Big Leaf Maple
Western Red Bud
Arizona Cypress
Arizona Velvet Ash
Catalina Ironwood
California Sycamore
Fremont Cottonwood
Western Chokecherry
Inland Scrub Oak
Mexican Elderberry
California Bay Laurel
Shrubs/small trees: Chamise
Utah Serviceberry
Western False Indigo
Vine Hill Manzanita
Little Sur Manzanita
Big Berry Manzanita
California Sage Brush
California Lilacs (Ceanothus)
Mountain Mahogany
Summer Holly (Comarostaphylis)
Redosier Dogwood
Island Bush Poppy
Bush Monkey Flower
California Brittle Bush (sunflower)
Mormon Tea
Rabbit Brush
St Catherine’s Lace
Desert Olive
Coffee Berry
California Flannel Bush
Coastal Silk Tassle
Toyon or Christmas Berry
California Pitcher Sage
Some Mahonias
Chaparral Bush Mallow
Laurel Sumac
Parry’s Bear Grass
Red Berry
Sugar Sumac
Three leafed Sumac
California Rose
White Sage
Cleveland Sage
Purple Sage
Woolly Blue Curls
Wildflowers: Yarrow Purple Nightshade (Solanum)
Crimson Columbine Some Goldenrods
Monarch Milkweed Nama or Purple Mat
Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila) Mariposa Lily
Indian Paintbrush Blue Eyed Grass
Cleome (Bee Plant) Matilija Poppy
Scarlet Larkspur Some Lupines
Padre’s Shooting Star Tidy Tips
California Fuschia (Epilobium) Cardinal Flower (Lobelia)
California Poppy Common Sunflower
Crimson/Golden Monkey Flower (Mimulus) Scarlet Bugler Penstemon
Penstmon spectabilis Penstemon clevelandii
Penstemon heterophyllus
Vines: California Pipe Vine Western Virgin’s Bower
Island Morning Glory (Calystegia) Southern Honey Suckle
Ground Covers: Maidenhair Fern California Sage Brush
Prostrate Coyote Brush Giant Rye Grass
Creeping Barberry Deer Grass
Needle Grass Bracken and Sword Ferns
Hummingbird Sage

Coastal Sage Scrub: This is a drier climate and vegetation zone situated along the coast and on inland where a rain shadow is present. Many plants are aromatic and bloom from fall to spring. To deal with drought many shed their leaves during the summer. Occasional summer sprinkling may be recommended for your garden.
Trees- California Buckeye, Inland Scrub Oak, Mexican Elderberry
Large Shrubs- Desert or Western False Indigo, Great Basin Sagebrush, Desert Broom,
Desert Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia)< Carmel Ceanothus, Island Bush
Poppy, Saint Catherine’s Lace, Desert Olive, Ocotillo, Coffeeberry, Coast
Silktassel, Toyon or Christmas Berry, Island Mallow, Mahonias
(barberries), Chaparral bush mallow, Laurel Sumac, Wax Myrtle,
Lemonade Berry
Med-Small shrubs – California Sagebrush, Bladderpod, Giant Coreopsis, Bush Monkey
Flower, California Brittle Bush, California Buckwheat, Parry’s Bear
Grass, Redberry. White Sage, Cleveland Sage, Purple Sage, Woolly Blue
Wild flowers - Yarrow, Indian Paint Brush, Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, Jimson Weed,
Scarlet Larkspur, Padre’s Shooting Star, California Fuschia (Epilobium),
Seaside Daisy, California Poppy, Tulip Gentian, Common Sunflower

Nurseries with large selections:
Walter Anderson’s (both locations)
Miramar Wholesale Nursery: 5400 Governor Dr. – off 805. 858-552- 0592;
Cedros Gardens: 330 So Cedros Ave, Solana Beach; 858-792-8640
Day Lily Hill: (especially cacti and succulents), in Bonsall. 760-728-2641;
Las Pilitas: (natives especially) 8331 Nelson Way, Escondido 92026
Tree of Life: 33201 Ortega Highway San Juan Capistrano 92675
Exotic Gardens: terrific succulents/cacti. Many are large specimens. 2212 El Cajon Blvd, North Park (92104)
Buena Creek Gardens: 418 Buena Creek Rd San Marcos – Wed-Sun. 760-744-2810




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