Tag: Barb Strona

Watershed Conservancy Offers Opportunity for All

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
Watershed Conservancy Offers Opportunity for All

In September my eyes opened to new ideas and knowledge. Jess Norton of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy presented a wealth of information about her organization. Its mission is “to preserve, protect and share the natural and cultural resources of the San Dieguito River Valley through collaborative efforts to acquire lands, complete trails, restore […]

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Holiday Decorating with David Root

| December 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Mission Hills Garden Club had a potluck and a demonstration by David Root as our holiday event. Since we met the week before Thanksgiving, we had a variety of finished products. We learned concepts behind various arrangements, regardless of the occasion. Before he began his demonstration, Root told us how he came to be […]

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Who Knew a Talk on Breadfruit Would Be So Interesting?

| August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
Who Knew a Talk on Breadfruit Would Be So Interesting?

Mission Hills Garden Club’s last meeting before September featured Ian Cole of San Diego Botanic Garden and formerly with the Breadfruit Institute in Hana, Maui. His focus was managing the world’s largest collection of breadfruit as well as working with farmers and chefs; he was also involved in breadfruit trees and orchards’ propagation studies and […]

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Waterwise Edibles

| April 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
Waterwise Edibles

Nan Sterman, February’s Garden Club speaker, wears many hats. She is an author; host, co-producer and co-writer of a television show about San Diego County gardens and habitats; and she has served on several garden-related boards including the San Diego district of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers of which she is a founding member. […]

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Part One: Kenya Sojourn

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
Part One:  Kenya Sojourn

Travel broadens the mind. I disagree. Being in a location with people who have had different experiences, whose way of life is unlike yours, whose physical environment is different from yours is enlightening. Traveling coach by air, to go from point A to point B, is exhausting and annoying. However, the destination can make the […]

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To Clean or Not to Clean

| December 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
To Clean or Not to Clean

What is it about having to clean a house that makes me tired? I suspect it may be my propensity toward procrastination. If I go into the kitchen to clean the stove, oven, fridge, counter tops, sink, floors, etc., I first notice the refrigerator. How can I clean it if I don’t organize it first? […]

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Colorado Caper

| October 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
Colorado Caper

I tend to make snap decisions about how I feel about places or things, but I often find out I was wrong. Since I skied in Aspen in the late 50s, I assumed Colorado was a place for skiing, period. I never thought of it in terms of anything else. I knew they had wildfires, […]

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Water Wise and Water Weary

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Water Wise and Water Weary

Over the past few years we have heard more and more about conserving water. I often wonder about the practicality of some of these methods. Some make a great deal of sense. Others sound good but won’t work. Still others are rather bizarre. One of the oddest water-saving methods I’ve heard of is for plants. […]

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Successful Gardening with Less Water

| August 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Successful Gardening with Less Water

Damian Valdez, head urban farmer at San Diego City College, educated the Mission Hills Garden Club about how the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Program, a part of the Life Sciences Department, successfully cuts back on water while still growing lush, healthy plants which are both edible and ornamental. The program teaches students garden design and how […]

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Urban Seed

| April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Urban Seed

If you were in Old Town until before the end of March, you might have looked across Juan Street just up from La Piñata. You would have seen several shops and a sign that said The Urban Seed. This was the site of the January Garden Club meeting. Here you found an eclectic mixture of […]

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