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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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Mission Hills Nursery: Will It Survive?

| May 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mission Hills Nursery:  Will It Survive?

There may be a day in the near future when our Mission Hills Nursery is no longer a landmark on the corner of Palmetto and Fort Stockton Drive. Old time Mission Hills residents remember Mission Hills Nursery when the Antonicelli family owned and ran it. Giuseppe Antonicelli bought it from Kate Sessions in 1922. In […]

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Roses Remembered

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Roses Remembered

  Although it may be environmentally questionable to have rose gardens, Anita Clevenger, head of the National Rose Foundation, has a profound respect and love for roses, especially those no longer regularly seen. When she spoke at the February meeting of the San Diego Floral Association, Clevenger gave us a visual history of Sacramento’s Historic […]

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Botany and Booze

| March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Botany and Booze

  In January the San Diego Horticultural Society welcomed Amy Stewart who has a new book out, “The Drunken Botanist.” Stewart is always fun to hear (and read), and this book is no exception. Stewart explained that she became inspired to write this book when she attended a convention of garden writers in Portland. As […]

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Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy

| February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy

  Another Step in Restoring the Environment In November, Mission Hills Garden Club learned a great deal about Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy. Cindy Collins gave us a bit of its history and described their various projects and how they sustain them. Their mission is “to preserve and restore the biological integrity and beauty of the […]

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Invaders in our Midst

| December 31, 2013 | 0 Comments
Invaders in our Midst

“Since 1993 Sustainable Conservation has partnered with the private sector to identify, implement and scale environmental solutions that make economic sense,” explained Greg Richardson, PlantRight project manager of Sustainable Conservation and speaker at the September meeting of the San Diego Horticultural Society. PlantRight, a project run by Sustainable Conservation since 2005, has a goal: “to […]

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Decorating With Flowers, Succulents and Miscellaneous Finds

| December 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Decorating With Flowers, Succulents and Miscellaneous Finds

  In October several Garden Club members attended the San Diego Floral Association’s meeting which featured Tony Alvarez who gave us ideas for decorating with flowers, succulents, and miscellaneous items found outdoors. Alvarez had myriad half-started arrangements, and before beginning his talk he continued assembling bits and pieces. Probably the best information I garnered from […]

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Raptors with Nancy Conney

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Raptors with Nancy Conney

  As I have said many times, the Mission Hills Garden Club continues to broaden my interests. When the San Diego Floral Association informed Garden Club members that Nancy Conney, founder and operator of Sky Hunters, a non-profit organization that rescues harmed raptors, would be speaking about her rescues at the Prado in February, I […]

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The Ultimate Space-Saving Garden

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
The Ultimate Space-Saving Garden

  Mission Hills Garden Club learned about a clever invention — a Tower Garden. Deris and Sky Jeanette brought and demonstrated it, a modular hydroponics solution for growing healthy, huge delicious plants. The device consists of a sturdy pale green plastic vat which fits in a space less than three feet by three feet and […]

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The Mission Hills Garden Club Presents Education, Beautification, and Fun

| September 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
The Mission Hills Garden Club Presents Education, Beautification, and Fun

  Over 14 years ago Mission Hills Garden Club had a fairly lengthy gestation period. However, once it was born, it grew by leaps and bounds. Its history begins before 1999 and continues today with a medley of traditions and changes. In the beginning, Fausto Palafox posted a notice in the Mission Hills Nursery asking […]

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Old Ben Courts Wild Birds

| July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments
Old Ben Courts Wild Birds

  The last meeting of the Mission Hills Garden Club’s 2013 summer season was held at the Mission Hills Nursery. Ben Zlotnick, also known as Old Ben, spoke about attracting wild birds. He is an advocate for creating a certified wild life habitat. The entire city of Alpine has such a designation because every household […]

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