Trips and Tours

TRIPS AND TOURS for 2018-19

Planned by Lesley Gjedde and Marlene Voll, co-chairpersons 

(Images copied from websites)

October 17, 2018 - San Diego Botanic Garden   

We will be touring the San Diego Botanic Garden located on Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas, California.  The garden includes rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, a subtropical fruit garden, nearly 4,000 varieties of tropical, subtropical, and California native plants.
Meet at  9:00 am to carpool.  Lunch at Le Papagayo restaurant, 1002 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024.


December 19, 2018 - Mission Inn, Riverside

Enjoy lunch at the extravagantly decorated Mission Inn 


February 21, 2019 - Discover the Wonders of California Flora

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants, promoting botany, conservation and horticulture to inspire, inform and educate the public and scientific community about California's native flora. The Garden is a living museum with curated collections of more than 22,000 California native plants, some of which are rare or endangered. Spread across 86 acres in Claremont, California, the Garden is located approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The Garden displays about 2000 taxa of California plants and includes those native to the California Floristic Province.

Currently they are featuring “Origami in the Garden”.  It is an outdoor sculpture exhibition of larger-than-life origami creations.  The sculptures capture the delicate nature of Origami, a paper art form originating in Japan and celebrated around the world. Created in museum quality metals, the artworks each tell the story of a single piece of paper as it transforms into a soaring bird, emerging butterfly, galloping pony and many other remarkable forms.

For more information, visit their website: 


May 23, 2019 - Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, Fallbrook

Enjoy lunch and stroll the beautiful grounds. To see more photos taken at Grand Traditions,
go to  and scroll down until you come to the album added May 19, 2017.

TRIPS AND TOURS for 2017-18

Plans from Karolyn Marr, chairperson

(Images copied from websites)



After hard work at getting this tour, it will be well worth it!  This is a 2000 year old tree on the grounds of Pechanga and just a true spectacle!  We have the entire bus and it will take a maximum of 25 people.  We will have lunch at Journey's restaurant at the Pechanga Golf Club House.  We will meet at the parking lot behind the gas station which is on Pechanga Parkway just after the main entrance.  I will provide directions at the sign up table. 



3260 Corporate View, Vista, CA 92081

We will be touring one of the major sunflower growers in the world.  We will see sunflowers from the fields and how they are processed for delivery. These are the sunflowers you see at all major markets- Trader Joe's, Costco, and many others. 

This video gives a great overview of the company: 

Here is a quote from their website:  "We began in 1988 in Carlsbad, California. Hard work, loyal customers and an insistence on quality products has guided us through year after year! Yes, we admit to our share of luck, as well. A positive attitude, great love of our craft and a desire to create an outstanding heirloom American treasure has allowed our band of "can-do" teammates, growers and dreamers to advance this company beyond what we ever dared to imagine."

Visit their website for more:



135 N. D Street, Perris, CA 92570 

The City has built a Community Garden Demonstration Center exhibiting a variety of produce growing systems.  These systems include raised garden beds, rolling garden towers, as well as modern growing mediums such as hydroponic and aeroponic gardening systems.

Meet at Target to carpool.



Christmas at Mrytle Creek Botanical Gardens and Nursery
2940 Reche Rd, Fallbrook, CA 92028 

So much to see and do.  Enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations and wander the splendid displays of flowers, plants, and gardens.  Then on to lunch in the newly remodeled home on the grounds.


Alta Vista Gardens  1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084  

"Bringing Together People, Nature, and Art"    

In the center of Vista, CA, is an area--a hill--owned by the city--home to Brengle Terrace Park (great for picnics), a community recreation center (where Vista Garden Club has their annual plant sale and flower show), and a senior center.  Drive past the Gloria McClellan Senior Center and up the hill to Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. If you continue driving up and around the hill, you will come to the Moonlight Amphitheater.


Alta Vista Gardens is not only home to many plants (from roses to native CA plants to cacti and succulents to some rare and unusual plants),


but also to ponds and fish and frogs and turtles, 


and a lot of art sculptures.


Be careful and be on the lookout for wild animals and dinosaurs!


In the music garden, you will find interesting musical instruments to play with.


If you would like to see all these photos larger, click here.

Lunch at Thai One On 485 S Melrose Dr #108, Vista, CA 92081

Brigg's Nursery & Tree Company   1111 Poinsettia Ave, Vista, CA 92081 

Please visit their website 
Large selection of all kinds of plants and trees.  Prices are often less than most places.
Sign up for their Frequent Buyer's program to save 10% off your next purchase on plants at Briggs,
and also to get their monthly email of tips and to-do's in the garden and list of plants available for the current month.  

MAY 2018

Cactus and succulent garden rooms in a unique environment located in Fallbrook
2-acre garden of Wanda Mallen and Gary Vincent

Lunch at the lovely Golf Club Restaurant located nearby.

TRIPS AND TOURS for 2016-17

September 2016

Photos of Butterflies taken at Butterfly Farms

Butterfly Farms was established in 2013 because of the concern with the decline of native
butterflies and other native pollinators. They have a 2000 square foot Vivarium (butterfly free
flight house) for the research of our important pollinators.
MOOSA NURSERY - Growers of California Natives
Rainbow Cafe for lunch. Time to be announced.

Some CA Monarch butterflies overwinter in CA.  Below is a link to Huell Howser's episode of California's Gold filmed at Pismo Beach:

November 2016

Visit to Tree of Life Nursery on the Ortega Hwy, which sells California Native Plants.  Also, time to browse in some wonderful shops.

December 2016     

Mission Inn

February 2017


March 2017

Cacti in bloom


April 2017

Lovely lunch on the Veranda and tour of the spectacular grounds. 

TRIPS AND TOURS for 2015-16

Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens, Fallbrook
September 19, 2015

Water Wise Botanical Gardens, Escondido
October 6, 2015

Tree of Life Nursery, San Juan Capistrano
November 3, 2015

Mission Inn, Riverside (Lunch)
December 2015

Abraham Feltus’ Topiary Sculptures, Temecula
February 2016

Huntington Library and Gardens, Pasadena
May 2016

Ring Bell; if no answer, pull weeds (sign on gate to garden)Tour of Members Gardens
May 12, 2016, 6 homes in Temecula

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