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I want to start off by saying 'Sorry, for even bringing anything that is happening in December up in August'! I cringed the other day when a catalog advertising Halloween merchandise was sent to my home....so I empathize. That said, I believe that I have a good reason to tell you about this eco-friendly Christmas Tree option. 'Adopt a Christmas Tree' has been serving the San Diego area for the past six holiday seasons and they are committed to making it easy for you as a consumer to choose 'green'. They are a company of singing elves that deliver a live potted tree to your home for the holidays. Fun, right? Afterwards, rather than having a cut tree end up as mulch or in the landfill, your live tree is picked up and given a new home by being planted back into the earth. (Their website has a compilation of tree recipient stories) The 'good reason' that I mentioned before for relaying this info to you in August, (and yes I profusely apologize) is that they are working with a limited inventory of trees this year, especially the 7-8 footers, so an early order would ensure having more stock to choose from. If I waited until a decent time of the year to bring this up, you would miss out on all of the best trees that they had to offer in their inventory. Even if you don't buy trees or celebrate Christmas, this is a great option to share with a friend that does. Enough said & I'll return to living in the present moment... August 24th, 2012
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I had the chance to get to the zoo to visit their Orchid Odyssey and take the Botanical Bus Tour. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, this happens every 3rd Friday and I would highly recommend the experience. Visit the Zoo's website to see their calendar and get directions. (The orchid greenhouse can be tricky to find. It's on Front St. just past the Meerkats.) It's well worth the hunt!
I was greeted by volunteer David Brown, a past president of the San Diego Orchid Society and recipient of the Orchid
Digest Diamond Award of Excellence. David's extremely knowledgeable and funny. His willingness to spend time with visitors answering questions and relaying facts illustrates his passion to pass on his knowledge about Orchids. Here's his insider tip to the Orchid Odyssey and the Botanical Bus Tour - even if you came every month...each time would be a new experience because every month something different is blooming. The bus tours have a different focus each time as well; they are 'dynamic and ever changing based on seasons and new developments.' This trip highlighted propagation and pollination. The Zoological gardens contain plant species from all over the world and purportedly is worth more than the animals.
So, back to what was blooming. The tour includes a sheet with lists of plants that are currently in flower along with the location of Notable displays and Plant Facts.
African Tulip Tree - Spathodea campanulata
Scarlet Gum - Eucalyptus ficiflolia
Reminder: The Orchid House, located behind the Kopje Exhibit, is open every third Friday from 10:00am - 2:00pm. According to their brochure Orchids can also be seen growing in trees at Fern Canyon and in a special display there.
Strawberry Tree - Arbutus unedo
Cape Honeysuckle - Tecomaria capensis
And just for fun... because what's more fun than a picture of a Rhino? I will relate that the plants in the foreground are Giant Birds of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)and Elephant's Food (Portulacaria afra). I'd recommend the upper deck on the bus because the unobstructed views of both flora and fauna were worth braving the heat.
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Thinking ahead ......reserve your space for December nights with the SDFA and Oasis.
Don’t miss out on seeing the fabulous annual San Diego
Floral Association Festival of Trees and the rest of December Nights’
celebrations because of traffic and difficult parking. San Diego Floral has
arranged through Oasis, Lifelong Learning, for a bus trip to get you there
early, have an exclusive tour of the trees while you enjoy refreshments, and
leave you plenty of time to visit other attractions including free entrance to
all park museums, international food booths, concerts, and much more. You must
register with Oasis to participate in this trip. OASIS is a pioneer in the field of successful aging,
offering programs of continued lifelong learning, healthy lifestyles and civic
engagement for people age 50 and over.
The bus trip offered through OASIS,
Life Long Learning Center, to Balboa Park on December 7, 3:15 p.m. to
8:30 p.m. is $30. No other expense applies. The trip, which includes an
exclusive tour by San Diego Floral Association of the Festival of Trees,
has only 20 spaces left.
The bus will leave for the
park at 3:15 p.m. from the Mission ValleyBennigan’s lot on the
east side of the Macy’s building. The bus will pick people up in Balboa
Park where they are left off for a departure time of around 8 p.m.
The travel planner at Oasis, Monica
Omark, says that Day Trip registration is only available by mail or in
person with cash or checks only. Her phone number is 619-574-0156.
Don’t miss out because the bus
is full. Register early!
If you are unable to ride the bus,
we hope you will visit the Festival of the Trees on your own. The exhibit will
open to the public at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7. There will be plenty of
Protea and boxes of Gingerbread Cookies for you. The theme this year is “Carols
and Songs of the Seasons.” We hope you will visit the display of decorated
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proud supporters of the San Diego Floral Association
San Diego Zoo is the home of a world-class botanical garden. There
are approximately 700,000 plants on the grounds that create its lush &
peaceful landscape. During Plant Day & Orchid Odyssey, they spotlight their collection of flora with additional plant-related activities for their guests.
Self-guided walking tour maps
are made available at the Zoo's entrance. Choose your area of interest,
then check out the plants for yourself and see what's blooming or how
the Zoo's unique plant collection helps create the natural habitats
for the animals.
Botanical Bus Tours highlight the Zoo's plant collection and are offered on Friday Plant Days only. The
bus tour meets at the bus unloading area at 2 p.m. and is given by
different Horticulture Department staff with their own
area of expertise. Botanical Bus Tours are free!
orchid greenhouse, home to over 3,000 orchid plants from over 800
species, varieties, and cultivars, is open to Zoo visitors during Orchid Odyssey from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Their orchid expert, as well as members of the San
Diego County Orchid Society, are on hand to answer questions during
this 'open house.' The orchid greenhouse is located on the path just
off of Front Street in the Africa Rocks zone.
Plant Day & Orchid Odyssey is offered the third Friday of each month and is included with Zoo admission.
PALOMAR ORCHID SOCIETY Annual Orchid Auction
When: 11:00 a.m. Preview, Noon–5:00 p.m. Auction
Where: Lake San Marcos Pavilion, 1105 Bonita Drive, San Marcos
More information: www.palomarorchid.org
The Palomar Orchid Society, incorporated in December of 1965 and now
based in Carlsbad, CA, was formed when a few people banded together to
talk about orchids. They then grew and bloomed into the roughly 200-member
group of orchid enthusiasts that they have today. They represent everything
orchid in North San Diego County! The primary mission of the society is to promote public interest and
education in the culture, knowledge, and conservation of orchids. Their members all have diverse orchid interests from hybrids to species, and
everything in between.