Garden workshops

Attend a virtual workshop!

How to Hire a Landscaper

Informative, common-sense approach to hiring a landscape professional

Sponsored by The County of San Diego. FREE

Chef Nicolai’s Garden Eats

Explore vegetables and herbs grown in Veggieland

Incorporate into pasta, pizza, salads, and all your favorite Mediterranean style dishes.

Storytime with Ms. Smarty-Plants™

Join Ms. Smarty-Plants™ on the 3rd Wednesday of every month

for a featured holiday-themed story followed by a craft.

Wags N Wine 2021

It’s Wine O’ Clock this autumn at The Garden! 

Field Trips

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

Garden Yoga

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

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!

Lisa Griffiths - Fitness Fridays

September 24, 2021

Fridays @ 915am (*Updated time) Instructor Lisa Griffiths guides you through a combination of 30-minute bodyweight fitness section (strength bands provided) and a 30-minute gentle/yin yoga stretch section (bring a yoga mat). Supporting you to feel good, get an effective workout, and be outside into nature! Beginners are most welcome. Sponsored by HomeLight. *Now included FREE with your Garden Membership.  Garden Members do NOT need to register online. Please sign in upon arrival. *Fitness class is now open Free to the public on Free Day Friday (2nd Friday of the month) thanks to our sponsor HomeLight. Please email to make your reservation for Free Day Friday. Include your name, phone, and number of people in your group. Space is limited. Note time change as of July 1 will be 9:15-10:15am.


Katie Nava - Power Yoga

September 24, 2021

Fridays @ 10am Power Yoga is an all levels vinyasa based class. An energetic and empowering practice that also incorporates mindfulness, focus, and the power of breathe. Currently held outdoors at The Garden's Gazebo until indoor exercise restrictions are lifted. Garden Members do NOT need to register online. Please sign in upon arrival.


Chef Nicolai's Garden Eats

September 25, 2021

Saturday, September 25th 10am-11:30am Resident Garden Chef and Instructor, Chef Nicolai Winkler, explores vegetables and herbs grown in Veggieland to incorporate into pasta, pizza, salads, and all your favorite Mediterranean style dishes. Delicious lemon pesto, and bruschetta samples prepared and enjoyed by all. This is an in-person demonstration at The Garden’s outdoor Veggieland exhibit. Workshop is geared towards adults (13 yrs and older please). Space is limited. $20 Members / $25 Non-members


Lisa Griffiths - Gentle Flow Yoga

September 28, 2021

Tuesdays @ 10am Garden Yoga is a joyful practice and exploration of movement in an alignment informed class appropriate for all levels. Celebrate nature and wellness weekly at The Water Conservation Garden. Garden Members do NOT need to register online. Please sign in upon arrival.


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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