inBloom Spring 2023

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Water Features & Living Spaces

San Diego Tree Week

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival



The mission of The Water Conservation Garden is to educate and inspire through excellent exhibits and programs that promote water conservation and the sustainable use of related natural resources.



Patrick Pilz

Vice President

Jan Tubiolo


Dr. Michael Hager, Ph.D.


Chris Coughlan

Liza Alia

Tom Allingham

Kathleen Brand

Angie Lasagna

Cheryl Minshew

Dr. Jessica Robinson, MSW

Cameron Stewart

Charlotte Thomas

Ed Woodruff STAFF

Executive Director

Jennifer Pillsbury

Director of Programs & Outreach

Pam Meisner

Director of Operations

Sam Miller

Director of Development & Memberships

Janelle Wallace

Jenny Bauman

Angelina Byrd

Ria Custodio

Lisa Griffiths

Heather Hayes-Haigh

Jocelyn Herrera

Robert Hillman

Desire Jones

Amelia Knezevich

message from the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


The Garden has proven to be an important public resource for water conservation and the sustainable use of other natural resources. Despite recent rainfall, the urgency to save water—one of Earth’s most precious resources—is still critically important. Find inspiration at The Garden this spring by adding water-efficient plants and collection basins to your home garden and landscape.

The Garden is looking forward to bringing back our annual Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival and our second annual San Diego Tree Week. We are also excited to showcase our new Irrigation Exhibit to include a demonstration of Greywater usage.

The Garden has much to offer in the spring and we want to be your go-to destination for inspiration, wellness and fitness, photos, and connecting with friends and neighbors in our community. Come by and say, “Hi!”

“I love Spring anywhere but if I could choose, I would always greet it in a Garden.”

Interested in joining a Non-profit Board of Directors?

Lauren Magnuson

Juliana Meirelles

Leilani Mendoza

Soozie Pickard

Luke Pillsbury

Jillian Quint

Paul Redeker

Tim Townsley


inBloom is published quarterly by The Water Conservation Garden and is provided as a benefit to members.

Content and photos by Garden staff, and Docents/Volunteers unless otherwise noted.

Cover Photo: Sally Long

Designer: Ria Custodio

Printer: Neyenesch Printing





We are actively recruiting new members (active business professionals and retirees) who are connected in the community with board experience and passionate about philanthropy. Visit for more information.

The following are agencies that constitute the Joint Powers of Authority (JPA) that owns The Garden and provides major funding:

The Garden is managed by The Friends of The Water Conservation Garden, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, tax ID no. 20-4395919.


Open 9:00am-4:00pm, six days a week


Hours of Operation

Open late THURSDAYS 6:00pm

The Garden is FREE and opened to the public the 2nd Friday of every month!


Tuesday – Sunday | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Extended hours for special events.


Last admission to The Garden is 3:15pm Thursdays last admission is 5:15pm


Please note The Garden will be closed:

New Year’s Eve (Closes at 12 noon)

New Year’s Day

Easter Sunday

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

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— Ruth Stout

Water Features and Living Spaces

New Irrigation and Rainwater Harvesting Exhibits

Photographers: Garden Staff

Adding unique water conservation features to living spaces is what we do best. The Garden has added several great new exhibits—made possible by the Integrated Regional Water Management—to our nearly six acres; including, an interactive irrigation exhibit, a greywater display, and several new rain gardens that beautifully showcase waterwise efficiency and conservation.

Let’s start with the basics. Take a tour through The Garden to see our exhibits at work. Simply push a button to see irrigation such as emitter types in action. Educational signage also helps guests to determine what is best for each individual situation. Horticulture and facilities staff, who are our go-to professionals, will offer helpful tips with these unique irrigation systems.

Greywater! What is it? What would happen if you could water your plants around the yard with leftover laundry water? Greywater is relatively clean wastewater from baths, sinks, washing machines, and other kitchen appliances. See how our greywater exhibit can demonstrate the process of piping wastewater from these household items. You will get to learn how to divert water that would normally drain down the gutter—exit your residence—and use it on your landscape. This exhibit will demonstrate how just one load of laundry can water your yard or fruit-producing landscape. Simple, how-to instructions for this process will be provided by The Garden. Also, use environmentally friendly detergents to clean your clothes, water plants, and keep your home healthy.

Near the gates and in the plaza, you will see a new rain garden just outside of the restrooms. See how we piped and channeled the rainwater off the building’s roof to this rain garden. Plants were added that thrive in both wet and drought conditions. Some exciting new plants include the Narrow-leaf Bird of Paradise, Bearded Iris, and Carex grasses.

As you stroll through The Garden, look for the many swales and catch basins that collect rainwater and stay on our property. These basins capture rainwater by slowing, spreading, soaking, and saving water. Saving water starts at home.

By following some great guidelines and tips you too can create a beautiful living space that takes less water to maintain, saves money, reuses, and cultivates a stronger appreciation for our living environment.

Spring 2023 • 2

Lil’ Sprouts Storytime with Ms. Smarty-Plants™

Come have some fun with us!

3rd Wednesdays, Monthly, 9:30am

APRIL 19 - Terrific Trees!*

MAY 17 - Pollinators

JUNE 21 - Ocean

*Join Ms. Smarty-Plants™ and experience the magic of terrific trees (arboles) and how much they give us during San Diego Tree Week. This program will be presented in both English and Spanish. Thank you SDG&E for making this happen!

Youth Education Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Partners in Education

We are beyond thrilled to partner with the Cajon Valley School District (CVSD) and their summer program, Camp Cajon in Summer 2023. Thanks to generous grants from the Conrad Prebys Foundation and the Rice Family Foundation, the Ms. Smarty-Plants™ program will provide three weeks of free summer camps to designated school within the CVSD. We love our partners!

For more information about Ms. Smarty Plants™ or to donate to The Garden’s education programs, visit

MsSmartyP MsSmartyPlants Ms.SmartyPlants
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Earth Heros Call to Action!

Every day is Earth Day at The Garden!

Let’s celebrate Earth Day in Earth Hero style! Draw a picture of your favorite tree or write me a letter of something you did to give the Earth an extra hug. Some of my favorites are to volunteer at an animal shelter, plant a tree, pick up trash at the park or the beach, or help your community. Bring your drawing to The Garden and receive a special prize from Ms. Smarty-Plants™ at admissions!

#MSPEarthHeroes #EarthHero


Butterflies, Biscuits and Tea with Ms. Smarty-Plants™

Saturday, May 13, 10am, 11am & 12pm

Join Ms. Smarty-Plants™ celebrating our moms. Let mom know how special she is with her own butterfly release, a toasty beverage, biscuits, and a lovely stroll through The Garden’s vibrant spring trails as a Mother’s Day treat!


What’s a tree’s favorite drink?

Root Beer

Spring 2023 • 4

April, May, June 2023

San Diego Tree Week April 22 - 29

Terrific Trees! Storytime

Wednesday, April 19, 9:30am

Celebrate the super powers of trees with Ms. Smarty-Plants™. Join us for a special bilingual Storytime thanks to our friends at SDG&E. Come to future Storytimes with Ms. Smarty-Plants™ on May 17 & June 21.

Nature Therapy

The Presence of Trees

Sunday, April 23, 9:30-11am

Discover why humans and trees are designed to be together. Expert-led, slow-paced, tour. Wellness Member FREE Garden Member $10 / General $15

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival

Trees & Treats Workshops

Saturday, April 29, 10am-1pm

FREE tree, talk, & treats! Learn which tree is right for your landscape from Certified Arborist, Jose Bedoya of Leaf it to Us, plus planting and care with Master Arborist, Brad Brown of Tree Life Consulting.

Saturday, May 6, 9am - 3pm

Butterfly Experiences

Saturday, May 6, 9:30am-2:30pm

Join us in our beautiful outdoor Butterfly Pavilion and native Habitat Garden to release your very own butterfly to nectar on nearby flowers.

World Labyrinth Walk

Saturday, May 6, 1pm

“Walk as One at 1” to create a rolling wave of peaceful energy across the globe. In celebration of World Labyrinth Day.

Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Pollinator Party

Saturday, May 6, 10:15am

Come dressed as your favorite pollinator. Learn about bees, butterflies, and other pollinating friends. After party in the petting zoo!

Garden Tour

Saturday, May 6, 1:30-2pm

Walk the trails with a Docent Tour Guide, see beautiful water saving landscapes, and learn what makes a garden flourish.

Preview a Docent-led tour on Free Day Friday – April 14, 10am.

Native Landscaping Principles

Saturday, May 6, 10-11am

Gardening with native plants has many benefits like water conservation, healthier soil, and restoring habitat. Instructor Clayton Tschudy, Director of San Diego Canyonlands. Sponsored by County of San Diego. FREE

Landscape Design Consultation

Saturday, May 6, 9am-2pm

Receive helpful advice from professional landscape designers and architects inperson at the Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival. Garden Member $70 / General $85

SEASONAL CALENDAR Online Seasonal Calendar Scan code!
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Butterflies, Biscuits & Tea with Ms. Smarty-Plants™

Saturday, May 13, 10am-12pm

Join Ms. Smarty-Plants™ celebrating our moms. Let mom know how special she is with her own butterfly release, a toasty beverage, biscuits, and a lovely stroll through The Garden’s vibrant spring trails as a Mother’s Day treat!

Gentle Flow Yoga

Workout Wednesday

Garden Yoga

Chair Yoga

Gentle Garden Yoga

Evening Flow Yoga

Fitness Friday

Chi Yoga

Garden Tours


Saturday, June 3 at 10am-12pm

Registration: Solana Center

Location: The Water Conservation Garden

Spring Escape Into Yoga, Art & Nature

Saturday, May 20, 8:30am-2pm

Experience a daytime escape dedicated to yoga, art, sound, and nature. Yoga instructors Jackie Gadd, and Lisa Griffiths, along with Sound Therapist, Jon Freeman. Wellness Member $60 / Garden Member $74 General $82

How Much & How Often to Water?

Part 1 Zoom, June 13, 10-11am

Part 2—The Garden, June 17, 10-11:30am

Basics are essential for water efficiency— learning how long to water your landscape and how often, is critical. Sponsored by County of San Diego. FREE

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Basic Membership Drop-in $10, General $18. Visit for a full schedule. Any changes due to weather are posted on Social Media.
WELLNESS MEMBERSHIP PERKS Free weekly Wellness Classes • Exclusive access to Mind & Body Master Classes Discounted Garden Yoga Retreats • Direct messages for class updates
April, May, June 2023 WELLNESS
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Events & Happenings

Saturday, May 6, 9am-3pm

FREE Admission to The Event

Butterfly Releases • Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Pollinator Party

• Petting Zoo • Educational Workshops • Landscape

Design Consultations • Garden Tour • Food Trucks

• Coyote Music Festival (Live Bands) • Plant Sale • Heritage of the America’s Museum tours • Outdoor walking trails highlighting drought tolerant exhibits

Exclusive experiences - ticket pricing and availability at:


Looking for a gorgeous location to host your next off-site meeting or retreat? The Water Conservation Garden has indoor and outdoor locations to suit any meeting size! From our indoor, garden-view, technology equipped, The Samuel M. Ciccati Education Center; to our intimate and shaded small amphitheater; to our large Amphitheater for 350 people, we have the perfect space for your professional needs! For more information, visit or email

Your EVENT at The Garden



$10,000+ Richard Wright

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John & Sharon Hogg

Julia Allen

J P Boyce

Judy Broselle

Betsy Buckner

Marsha Culver

Debby Dunn

December 2022 - February 2023

Michael & Denise Hager The Scripps Family

Mary & Erin Stephens

Patricia Herrington

Joanna Ihnatowicz

Candice Lenney

Mikayla Mitchell

Molly Nocon

Matt & Eiman Sebald



Barona Resort & Casino

California American Water

California Natural Resource Agency

County of San Diego

County of San Diego – Department of Public Works

Dr. Seuss Foundation

Grossmont Healthcare District

Hunter Industries

Hunter Nursery

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Rotary of El Cajon

San Diego Gas & Electric

San Diego Foundation

Tyla & Soner Soylu

Fern Steiner

Marti Sullivan

Janet Trentacosta

San Dieguito Water District

State of California, Department of Water Resources

Sycuan Casino & Resort

The Conrad Prebys Foundation

The Rice Family Foundation

Union Bank

Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation

Wheelhouse Credit Union

Contact us to learn more about becoming a corporate partner: 619-660-0614 x11
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NEW MEMBERS December 2022 - February 2023

Niki & Jer Ahrens

Adam Avakian & Jaimie Cain

Dax & Antonette Avelino Tuazon

Adam & Melissa Avitabile

Lesley Bell

Ingrid Blahut & Barbara Davies

Neal & Tiffany Bociek

Barbara Borunda Holt

Amanda & Jake Boyle

Chelsea Brady & Scarlette Pope

Teri Bristow & Danielle Miranda

Nicholas Buller & Susannah


Michael & Danielle Clayton

Patricia Colorado

Peter & Kristina Delgado

Ingrid Ekis

Jessica & Michel Fonte

Julie Freeman

Roselyne Gadet

Rosario Galindo

Daniel Galindo

Jasmin Garcia & Chris Barba

Lourdes Garcia

Frances Gong

Paula & Angel Granados

Rhonda & Magan Gross

Jonnie Hegle

Stacey Henry & Nancy Smith

Erik & Cynthia Hensersky

Mia Jones

Vicki Jurgens

Maria Kaisk

Sharyn Kang & Ken Muraoka

William & Sue Kemp & Vanessa & Ryan Peterson

JoAnn Knox

Ronald Labaco & Tracy Wilborn

James Lemen

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Elizabeth & Chris Lindung

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Katie Mays & Daniel Pajimula

Sue “Niyazi” McDevitt

Adam Meyer & Katherine Petrie

Elara Montagno & Julian Dutton

Mary Moreau & Brian Rossignol

Mary Beth & William Moreno

Ashley Naumanuf

Colleen & Ted Olsen

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Ashley Schmit

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Nina & Israel Silguero

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Summer Steele

Anita & Larry Stewardson

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Anne & James Thorpe

Anne-Marie & R&all Tweed

Victor & Luz Velazquez

Ashley & Jina Virtue

Margaret Whittington

Danni Zhou & Xichang Wu

Spring 2023 • 10

Landscape Design Consultations

Professional advice for water-efficient landscape projects. Photo credit: SDCWA $70 MEMBERS / $85 General

12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West El Cajon, CA 92019 Tel: (619) 660-0614 Fax: (619) 660-1687 Garden Members - Join or renew your membership today! Visit Cuyamaca College Nursery Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm 10-15% Garden Member Discount must present a valid membership card THE FOLLOWING NURSERIES PARTICIPATE IN OUR MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT PROGRAM. \ Anderson’s La Costa \ Barrels & Branches Nursery \ \ Cuyamaca College Depart. of Ornamental Horticulture Nursery \ \ El Platio & Landscaping \ Hunter’s Nursery \ \ Kniffling’s Discount Nursery \ The Madd Potter \ \ Mission Hills Nursery \ Rancho Valhalla Nursery \ NURSERY SPOTLIGHT Learn more about The Garden’s great member benefits:
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