Herb Festival and more at San Diego Botanical Garden

Getting ready to plant your spring garden? Head to the San Diego Botanical Garden this weekend for the annual Herb Festival, Spring Plant Sale, Tomatomania! and Bromeliad Bonanza for ideas, information and inspiration!

This year’s featured speaker is Sharon Lovejoy, an award-winning nature, gardening, and children’s book author and water color illustrator. As a recognized gardening expert, Sharon has lectured throughout the United States at conferences, educational symposia, museums, botanic gardens, arboreta, public and private educational institutions, and for professional trade associations and gardening organizations. She will be speaking on topics such as “Secrets of a Good Natured Gardener (and Garden)” and “Contain Your Creativity (In Pots, That Is).”

In addition to Sharon’s presentations, there will be on-going speakers on garden and herb-related topics, guided tours of the Herb Garden, Herb Festival Marketplace, the A-Z or Herbs information booth, and the SDBG Spring Plant Sale with a multitude of vendors.

New this year is the Bromeliad Bonanza, where you can shop for a wide variety of bromeliads not available in nurseries. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and give advice on growing and caring for these sub-tropical plants that are both water wise and exotic, guaranteed to give any garden a luxuriant character.

Also new this year is a Kids’ Zone, including pony rides and a petting zoo (extra fees apply), as well as a special craft activity featuring this year’s Herb of the Year, Artemisias. Everyone will be able to learn about this marvelous plant and its uses. The aromatic leaves of some species are used for flavoring, such as A. Dracunculus (tarragon) which is widely used as a culinary herb, particularly important in French cuisine. However, most species have an extremely bitter taste.

Finally, back by popular demand is Tomatomania, with lectures on culture and care and plenty of tomato seedlings.

The Festival will take place at the San Diego Botanical Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, on March 15 and 16, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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