Barbara Strona

Barbara Strona is a native Californian who grew up in the Mid-West and Los Angeles. She and her architect husband, Carl, came to San Diego in 1968 and have lived in Mission Hills since early 1971. Barbara received a Bachelor of Arts from Scripps College with a major in English, and a minor in Art. She attended UCLA graduate school and received a General Secondary Credential. She taught English in Los Angeles, Pennsylvania, and at Point Loma High School. She has been a Realtor specializing in residential sales since 1984. Her passions include her job, reading, writing, foreign languages and foreign countries, animals (feathered or furry), theatre, and her family: husband, two adult children and two grandsons.

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Part 2: Adam Graves with more of the San Diego Zoo’s Horticultural Department

| June 5, 2021 | 0 Comments
Part 2:  Adam Graves with more of the San Diego Zoo’s Horticultural Department

The San Diego Zoo is known for its conservation efforts.  Familiarly called “Team Plant,” it is comprised of four sections.  First is San Diego Zoo which focuses on research, conservation,  direct science, education and outreach.  The second section is San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research holding a seed bank with over 550 selections and […]

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Adam Graves: Some History on Balboa Park and its Trees. Part 1

| May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
Adam Graves:  Some History on Balboa Park and its Trees. Part 1

In February, Adam Graves, director of the Horticulture Department of the San Diego Zoo and previous manager of the browse program and of the zoo’s team of arborists over the past five years, was our featured speaker.  Graves received his B.S. in Biology at UCSD and his master’s at Miami University.  He also volunteered at […]

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Horticultural History: Kate Sessions’ Lost and Found Gardens of Balboa Park

| April 5, 2021 | 0 Comments
Horticultural History: Kate Sessions’ Lost and Found Gardens of Balboa Park

This winter Nancy Carol Carter, club historian, spoke about three of Kate Sessions’ Gardens while giving us a healthy dose of Balboa Park’s history. The three gardens Kate authored for the Park are the Aloe and Agave Garden, the Cactus Garden and the San Jose Hester Palm Garden (or “grove,” Nancy says, “is more accurate.”) […]

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50 Years Ago in Mission Hills

| March 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

I woke up this morning and realized that fifty years ago I was frantically looking for a place to live.  My husband heard an ad on the radio.  A company had just hired a large number of employees who needed to buy homes.  As a lark, he listed our house for sale and were immediately […]

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Missing the Seasons and Especially Peonies

| February 7, 2021 | 0 Comments
Missing the Seasons and Especially Peonies

Although I have lived in California almost 70 of my 80 years, I am a native Californian and have been a San Diego homeowner since March of 1968.  Nevertheless, from 1942 until 1953 I lived in the Midwest:  Ohio and Michigan where it may snow as early as late October; I do remember snowstorms in […]

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Bill Toone and the Monarch Butterfly

| January 10, 2021 | 0 Comments
Bill Toone and the Monarch Butterfly

Bill Toone spoke via Zoom to the Garden Club in November.  While earning a master’s degree in biology from University of California, Toone began studying the California condors.  He was hired by Zoological Society of San Diego and became part of the federally mandated California Condor Recovery Team.  His attention was diverted to butterflies when […]

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Bill Tall Explains Ways to Help Your Garden Thrive

| December 14, 2020 | 0 Comments
Bill Tall Explains Ways to Help Your Garden Thrive

In September, Mission Hills Garden Club was treated to a delightful presentation by the owner of City Farmers Nursery.  Founded by Bill Tall’s father in 1972, Tall is the current owner with his children ready to take up the reins when he retires.  Of course, Tall says, “It has never been just a job for […]

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Autumn Chores

| November 15, 2020 | 0 Comments
Autumn Chores

Spring is not the only time for cleaning; for my family, autumn is more important to take stock.  We face fire danger, some flood danger, and maintenance is really important before the appearance of fire or rainy seasons appear. Much of San Diego’s beauty is due to the lush canyons throughout many of its neighborhoods.  […]

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Parrot Talk

| September 9, 2020 | 0 Comments
Parrot Talk

Every so often, or if you live in some parts of San Diego, you will hear loud squawking.  If you look up, you will see a hoard of different kinds of parrots.  To shed light on what they are, why they are here, and what their future might be, Sarah Mansfield of SoCal Parrot spoke […]

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Super Bloom 2019 Wildflower Tour with Jim Bishop

| August 7, 2020 | 0 Comments
Super Bloom 2019 Wildflower Tour with Jim Bishop

In June the Mission Hills Garden Club met via Zoom.  Jim Bishop, engineer by education, landscaper by choice, and president of many important garden and horticultural groups, showed his magnificent slides from some of the 25 trips he and his partner Scott Borden took to see the spectacular display of wildflowers in San Diego County […]

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