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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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Seasonal Organic Local (SOL) Markets

| September 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

On July 25 Mission Hills Garden Club held a very different meeting. Originally Vince Brown, an attorney who is fervent in his belief that we must eat organically and locally grown foods available in season, was scheduled to speak. He owns SOL Markets which models his beliefs about food. When a last minute emergency made […]

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Chicks and the City II

| July 31, 2012 | 0 Comments
Chicks and the City II

Shelly Stewart returned to the Mission Hills Garden Club for Chicks and the City II. The June meeting took place at the Mission Hills Nursery, home to two chickens, Maggie, a Rhode Island Red (brown eggs!) and Ash, a Barred Plymouth Rock. There was a third chicken, Willow, but Willow turned out to be a […]

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The Dirt on Fertilizer

| June 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Dirt on Fertilizer

Mission Hills Garden Club has done it again! Once more, I found myself fascinated by an unlikely subject. This time it was fertilizers and dirt. Duane Wheeler who works for E.B. Stone was the May speaker. Wheeler, a self-proclaimed “gardening nut,” gave us a brief history of the EB Stone Company before explaining what each […]

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Beautiful Botanica

| May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments
Beautiful Botanica

Even though I have been writing this column for 13 years, I always learn new things at every meeting of the Mission Hills Garden Club. The April meeting was no exception. Scott Northcote was host to 51 Garden Club members at Little Italy’s Botanica. (They used to be on the southeast corner of West Lewis […]

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Why Do My Orchids Die?

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

In March, Mission Hills Garden Club members learned about the cultivation of orchids from Tom Biggart.  He has loved orchids most of his life and has a vast variety of them. He has so many plants that he and his wife had to leave their Kensington home for more land in El Cajon. This was […]

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Creating a Visual Impression of a Garden

| April 5, 2012 | 0 Comments
Creating a Visual Impression of a Garden

Helen Shafer Garcia captured the Mission Hills Garden Club members’ attention at the February 29 meeting.  She is an artist, illustrator, teacher, gardener, and public speaker. Shafer Garcia’s diverse activities have included translating professional landscapers’ rough diagrams into a visual impression of what the garden will be when complete.  In addition to helping clients visualize, […]

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Creating a Bungalow Garden

| March 1, 2012 | 1 Comment
Creating a Bungalow Garden

John Beaudry spoke about the Craftsman Bungalow and its complementing garden at the January Mission Hills Garden Club meeting.  Beaudry began with an explanation of what the Arts and Crafts Movement was before segueing into the bungalow and garden. The Arts and Crafts Movement grew from a rebellion against the mechanization of the Industrial Revolution.  […]

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New York High Line

| February 1, 2012 | 1 Comment
New York High Line

by Carl Strona This month your usual reporter is taking a much-deserved break, and I, her husband Carl, am subbing this month.  As a result of a short vacation to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a group of friends, this month’s topic is The High Line Park in New York City. Since the column is […]

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Holiday Decor with Rene van Rems

| November 22, 2011 | 0 Comments
Holiday Decor with Rene van Rems

In December, a year ago, several members of the MHGC went to the San Diego Horticulture Society’s monthly meeting because it featured René van Rems. If you have seen René, you know he is not only a world acclaimed floral designer, but he makes a pretty good stand-up comedian as well.  This talk was a […]

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Easy Gardening Chores that Even I Might Do

| November 3, 2011 | 1 Comment

According to Tiger Palafox of the Mission Hills Nursery, November is a great time to do a multitude of things to spruce up your garden. He included labor-free and cost-effective ideas in his September talk to the Mission Hills Garden Club. Early November is the optimum time to plant cool weather crops. Lettuce, Swiss chard, […]

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