Tag: Barb Strona

Kokedama Workshop

| April 3, 2022 | 0 Comments
Kokedama Workshop

In February, the Mission Hills Garden Club attended a workshop on Kokedama, an offshoot of Bonsai, given by Kanako Yamada.  Kokedama is a plant which grows from a sphere consisting of roots covered in soil and then wrapped in colored moss.  The spere represents the earth.  After feasting on delicious Japanese style hors d’oeuvres, we […]

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The Pleasures of Age

| February 22, 2022 | 0 Comments
The Pleasures of Age

For the past few years it seems that I devote one annual column to age.  Before this goes to press, I will turn 81.  I can honestly say that so far, this seems to be the best year of my life.  First, I survived the COVID isolation; in fact, I turned it into a huge […]

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What Shall I Do with my Poinsettias?

| February 6, 2022 | 0 Comments
What Shall I Do with my Poinsettias?

When I was a teenager, my parents bought a home in Brentwood, a Los Angeles neighborhood.  I loved my bedroom.  It was just big enough to put a twin bed on two opposite walls with a bookcase and planter between them.  A high window was above the garage which shared the beds’ wall.  On the […]

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The Pleasures of Age

| October 31, 2021 | 0 Comments
The Pleasures of Age

For the past few years it seems that I devote one annual column to age.  Before this goes to press, I will turn 81.  I can honestly say that so far, this seems to be the best year of my life.  First, I survived the COVID isolation; in fact, I turned it into a huge […]

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Propagation of Bougainvillea

| October 4, 2021 | 0 Comments
Propagation of Bougainvillea

Some of you know that October is my birthday month. And, since we didn’t meet over the summer season, I decided to use this article to chat about what is currently of importance to me. In the late 1960s, San Diego State had climbing bougainvillea cascading down a hill to the parking lot just off […]

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Connor Leone: How ECOLIFE Uses the Science of Aquaponics

| August 12, 2021 | 0 Comments
Connor Leone:  How ECOLIFE Uses the Science of Aquaponics

We know our planet has serious problems with climate change, habitat loss, species extinction, the inefficiency of global food systems that casts doubt on our ability to feed a growing world population, and challenges with obtaining enough water to meet the planet’s needs.  Based in Escondido, ECOLIFE Conservation is a non-profit organization with a mission […]

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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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