SDBG playing key role in global conservation of oak trees

nursery seedlings

June 2022 by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Conservation Horticulture The San Diego Botanic Garden is playing a key role in the global conservation of oak trees (Quercus L.). San Diego Botanic Garden’s Conservation Horticulture staff have been working to conserve endangered native oak species, both in habitat and in cultivation since the beginning of the […]

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Opuntia littoralis – Coastal prickly pear cactus: SDBG’s new logo

close up of prickly pear catus in bloom

November 2021 by Ari Novy, PhD, President & CEO I’d like to draw your attention to the Garden’s new logo, based on our native coastal prickly pear cactus (Opuntia littoralis). We put lots of thought into our rebranding and logo update. We love the dragon tree logo we used for years, which is beautiful and […]

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Ocean Knoll Canyon restoration

October 2021 by Ari Novy, PhD, President & CEO Last month, the California State Coastal Conservancy approved a $200,000 grant to the Garden, enabling us to enhance and restore 4.6 acres of critical habitat in Ocean Knoll Canyon, adjacent to Ocean Knoll Elementary School. Our Conservation Team will lead work with our volunteers and community […]

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Collaborative Conservation of an Exceptional Oak

April 2021 by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Conservation Horticulture Last year an alarming report was released indicating that 40% of all plant species are threatened with extinction. When considering that dire number, it is also important to know that nearly one third of all plant species exist in a botanical garden somewhere for safe keeping. […]

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Conserving a Distinct Piece of Encinitas

January 2021 by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Conservation Horticulture San Diego Botanic Garden has a distinctive position in not only working to conserve endangered plants where they grow naturally, but also bringing those rare species into a managed setting which enables a deeper level of study, better community engagement without compromising preservation, and for us […]

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SDBG Partners with City of Encinitas to Care for and Restore Native Plants in Open Spaces

October 2020 by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Horticulture After decades of conservation and stewardship of native species within the Garden, SDBG has expanded that botanical expertise to an additional 15 acres of open space in Encinitas. In spring of 2020, the Garden partnered with the City of Encinitas to care for and restore open spaces […]

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Creating a Sustainable Landscape: Making the Most of Our Low Annual Rainfall in Southern California is Just the Beginning

April 2020 by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Horticulture Water is the lifeblood of any garden, and this is especially evident to horticulturists in Southern California. San Diego Botanic Garden frequently sees less than 10 inches of rain in a year, and nearly all of that comes between the months of November and March. Despite having […]

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Grow Your Own Superbloom with Plant Combinations Found in our California Gardenscapes

July 2019 by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Horticulture This year’s lush winter growth and bountiful flowers has drawn people out to California’s deserts and foothills by the thousands. As we settle into our characteristic long, dry summer, the idea of translating California’s unique floristic beauty into the home garden may seem daunting. Native plants provide […]

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Rare and Endangered Plants in Our Backyard

by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Horticulture January 2019 Sunsets are coming earlier and mornings are once again laden with dew here in Encinitas. Respite from long, hot summer days, prospects of rain, and the residual warmth held in the earth make this a perfect time to plant native species. California is home to more than […]

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