Garden Yoga

Find stillness and relaxation as you stretch and get a great workout!

Garden workshops

Attend a workshop!

Storytime with Ms. Smarty-Plants™ 2022

Join Ms. Smarty-Plants™ on the 3rd Wednesday, monthly

Winter Growers

Learn directly from Dean Karras, owner of Gnosis Nursery

Get a free plant with registration!

The Art of Nature

Sketching in the Garden with Marjorie Pezzoli

Proper Pruning

Take a pruning tour with certified arborist,

Jose Bedoya of Leaf It To Us.

Dino & Animal Planters

Make a playful, plant predator with Amber’s Artistry!

Wild snacks and story provided.

Heart-Shaped Succulent Wreath

 Create a heart-shaped succulent wreath

to express your love!

Field Trips

The Water Conservation Garden’s virtual-real time programming offers everything
teachers love about our garden field trip/assembly, only virtual! 

To educate and inspire through excellent exhibits and programs that promote water conservation and the sustainable use of related natural resources.

About us


The Water Conservation Garden has nearly six acres of displays that showcase water conservation through a series of beautiful themed gardens, such as a native plant garden and a vegetable garden, as well as how-to displays such as mulch and irrigation exhibits. The Garden also features a native butterfly pavilion that is open spring and summer each year.

The Garden can be a learning laboratory for the dedicated gardener, a delightful place for an afternoon stroll, or a place to gather lots of information about water-wise, or California-Friendly® gardening.

Calendar of Happenings

Attend one of our fantastic upcoming Garden Happenings! We look forward to seeing you at The Garden!

Winter Growers

January 29, 2022

Saturday, January 29th 11:00am–12:00pm Winter Growers! Learn directly from Dean Karras, owner of Gnosis Nursery and purchase beautiful aloes, dudleya, unique succulents, and Mediterranean plants. Get a free plant with registration! Members $10 / Non-members $15 / Ticket includes a free plant! PLANTS will be sold a The Garden's Gift Shop while supplies last. Class attendees get first choice of plants.


Proper Pruning

January 29, 2022

Saturday, January 29th 12:30pm–1:30pm Tree trimming and plant pruning is selectively removing parts of a plant to direct growth, improve health, reduce risk from falling branches, and increase the yield of flowers and fruits. Take a pruning tour with certified arborist, Jose Bedoya of Leaf It To Us. Free for Members / $8 Non-Members

Last Sundays - The Art of Nature - Sketching in the Garden with Marjorie Pezzoli

January 30, 2022

LAST SUNDAYS, 11:00am–12:30pm January 30 | February 27 | March 27 You do not have to be an artist to enjoy this time of observation & sketching. Resident Art Instructor, Marjorie Pezzoli, guides you to find expression and depth in sketching. Notice the structure of trees, leaves, and even clouds floating by. Let The Garden be your muse. Members $10 / Non-members $15


Landscape Design Consultation - Time: 3:00pm - Landscape Design Consultation 2022

February 02, 2022

Garden Members $70 / Non-members $85 Receive helpful advice from professional landscape designers and architects. Great for residents looking to make changes to their landscape, incorporate water-wise plants and materials, qualify for a rebate, or obtain guidance for installing a new water efficient landscape.


Become an Earth Hero with Ms. Smarty-Plants!

Are you an Earth Hero? Do you recycle? Do you care for the animals of the planet?

Do you pick up trash that you see on the ground and dispose of it? If you do any of these things than you are one of my Earth Heroes! We can each make a difference with our own 2 hands! Learn how you can make a positive impact on the environment and help save Mother Earth!

Your donation supports conservation education.

Thank you for your generosity.

A few words from Garden Members

“I enjoyed my visit so much that I became a member. Now I have access to over 300 reciprocal gardens nationwide. This includes the Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park and the Encinitas Botanical Garden as well.”


Yelp Review

“What a great way to spend an hour or two with the kids! The garden is not only beautiful & peaceful but educational as well. The staff was friendly & took the time to answer our questions about the many types of drought resistant plants they have on site. Highly recommended!!”


Yelp Review



We recently completed a Mini Facelift on the Small Classroom, Gift Shop, Admin Office and exterior of building!. Painting and flooring have been installed along with the beautiful new Sam Ciccati signage!

We have had a wonderful Fall and eagerly look forwrd to
a lovely San Diego Winter!

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