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Herb Festival, Spring Plant Sale & Tomatomania


  • WHEN Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 9 a.m.
  • WHERE San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
    Map | Website
  • AGES 16+
  • COST Free - $12

March 19 - 20, 2011 from 9 - 5 p.m.
We are happy to announce that Susan Belsinger will be our honored guest at this year’s Herb Festival. Susan is a culinary herbalist, educator, food writer, and photographer whose articles and photographs have been widely published. She has co-authored several best-selling, award-winning cookbooks. Another book, "The Creative Herbal Home," co-authored with Tina Marie Wilcox, is the second in the living with herbs series published by herbspirit.

Susan will give a program each day at 1 pm. On Saturday, she will show her power point "Up Close and Personal: Getting to Know the Mediterranean Herbs." She takes you on a hike across a hillside in Syros, Greece, which helps “herbies” and gardeners see how these native herbs grow in hot arid climates, tenaciously hanging on rocky cliffs. She will discuss how to keep the grey and green Mediterranean herbs happy in our own gardens. To experience more, return on Sunday for her cooking demonstration featuring these hardy, flavorful herbs along with seasonal ingredients of this sun-drenched cuisine. It will be a sensual experience of fragrance and flavor. To find out more about Susan, visit, a great and informative web site.

In addition to Susan’s presentation, there will be on-going speakers on garden and herb-related topics, guided tours of the Herb Garden, Herb Festival Market-place, the A-Z or Herbs information booth, and the SDBG Spring Plant Sale with a multitude of vendors. Back by popular demand is Tomatomania® with lectures on culture and care and plenty of tomato seedlings.

For more details on speakers, vendors, etc., visit as we get closer to the event.

For Kids: Now, That’s a Horse of a Different Color
If horse racing is the sport of kings, is horseradish the herb of emperors? Kids can learn about the Herb of the Year for 2011, the noble horseradish. Make potpourri “saddle bags” with herbs from the garden. Construct a “horse,” naturally, and help make a community sculpture using recycled materials. Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 2 pm.

Cost: Free with admission or membership.

Spring Plant Sale Vendors 2010
* Ace Rain Systems
* Artracks
* At Home on Main Street
* Beauti…Florist
* Ben’s Subtropicals
* Deborrah Henry
* Everything Orchids!
* Fence Top Gardening
* Flower Girls
* Frontier Specialty Products
* Full Moon Farms
* Gardens by the Sea Nursery
* Garden Glories Nursery
* Hula Tropicals
* Jewelseed Designs
* Minifarmbox
* Monalisa’s Tropical Plants
* Mr. Fertilizer
* Natural Artist
* Noel Enterprises
* Pacific Home Remodeling
* Pura Vida Tropicals
* Roost
* San Diego Botanic Garden
* Send Out Cards
* Swale Plants
* The Worms’ Way
* Tom Bartol Nature & Science Photography
* Tulips
* Vitreum
* Wabisabi Green
* Zalinda Farms

Herbal Marketplace Vendors 2010
* A-Z of Herbal Information
* Candles by Connie
* Coastal Sage Gardening
* Diane Forbes
* Diane’s Herbs
* Edgehill Herb Farm
* Following Seasons
* Fuller Brush
* Herbal Tarot
* Herbal Tea Tasting Booth
* Impeccable Taste
* In Harmony Herbs & Spices
* Keys Creek Lavender Farm
* Lotion Lady
* San Diego Botanic Garden Herb Plants
* Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies and Healing
* The Opera Singing Chef
* Watkins
* Woodturning by Doug

San Diego Botanic Garden: 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas CA. Google Map

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

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