Science & Conservation updates

January 2022 by Colin Khoury, Senior Director for Science and Conservation We begin this new year with a flurry of new science and conservation activity, both at the Garden and further afield. Our ongoing work to help conserve rare oaks, cycads, manzanitas, coyote bush, and other threatened plants has increased dramatically over the past few […]

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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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