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November/December 2022 Volume 113 No. 6
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In This Issue
SDFA Festival of Trees 2022 December Nights Returns to Balboa Park
Plants and Shrubs of Balboa Park
San Diego Press Club Again Recognizes California Garden
Photography Contest 2023
Growing Grounds: Southern California Horticulture: The Founders
Be A Copycat
A Fifty-Year SDFA Holiday Tradition
Women in Horticulture: Pat Hammer: Topiary and So Much More
Mastering Your Garden: Why Grow Camellias in Your Garden?
Medicinal Plants Through the Ages
The Land of the First People: Old Town State Historic Park, San Diego
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EXECUTIVE EDITOR/CREATIVE DIRECTOR - Rachel Cobb
ASSOCIATE EDITOR - Nancy Carol Carter
Pat Hammer, Carolyne Hultgren, Judy Kirsten, Lynn Langley
ADVERTISING - Kay Harry
John Blocker, Nancy Carol Carter, Thea Gurns,
Kay Harry, Lee Somerville
The first issue of California Garden magazine was printed in July of 1909.
The magazine specialized in information for growing plants in the San Diego area. It is the oldest horticulture magazine in continuous publication in the United States. Except for a brief two-year period, all writers, editors, and photographers have been volunteers, many of whom are well-known authorities in their fields.
Even though the organization was founded for beautification of San Diego, many people wanted to grow vegetables and fruits, so California Garden expanded to give advice on growing edible items. Today subscribers include readers in foreign countries with similar climatic conditions, as well as in colder areas of the United States, where the information is used for growing plants in greenhouses.
October 15, 2021
From the San Diego Floral Association Co-Presidents, Jan Thoresen and Lee Somerville
San Diego Floral Association congratulates members Rachel Cobb, John Blocker and Nancy Carol Carter on being recognized by the San Diego Press Club for their work in producing “Balboa Park’s Botanical Building: A Tour of San Diego’s Historic Lath House.” The video was recognized in the “Photo Essay” category at the Press Club’s annual awards ceremony on October 25, 2021. Rachel Cobb was the videographer, photographer and editor, John Blocker wrote and narrated the tour and Nancy Carol Carter provided historical research on the Botanical Building. The video is a production of the San Diego Floral Association and may be viewed on YouTube.
San Diego Press Club Again Recognizes California Garden
California Garden magazine received an Excellence in Journalism awards at the 49th annual awards program of the San Diego Press Club on October 25, 2022. Rachel Cobb, executive editor and creative director, and members of the San Diego Floral Association Editorial Board, John Blocker, Nancy Carol Carter, Thea Gurns and Lee Somerville were honored. This is the third time the Floral Association has been recognized for journalistic excellence by the Press Club.
California Garden Wins First in Journalism Contest
California Garden is the proud winner of a first place prize in the annual Excellence in Journalism Awards presented by the San Diego Press Club during an Oct. 24 ceremony in Balboa Park.
The professional organization is the third largest of its kind in the United States. More than 400 print, television and online journalists attended the event, now in its 39th year.
California Garden was honored in the trade publication category as the best association publication. Executive Editor Mary James accepted the award on behalf of SDFA, publishers of the magazine since 1909, and her California Garden colleagues, Associate Editors Nancy Carol Carter and Aenne Carver and Art Director Rachel Cobb.
Judges praised the magazine for its “variety of useful and fascinating information, from how you can get a free tree to when to prune your kiwi vines to how to take better photos of flowers. History, background, events – it seems as if this publication is a labor of love by many, many contributors and the love fairly glows on the pages.”
A freelance writer and editor, James also won first, second and third place awards for garden features that appeared in San Diego Home-Garden/Lifestyles magazine. She also took home second place honors for a design story also published in San Diego Home-Garden/Lifestyles.
A plaque celebrating the SDFA win is on display in its Balboa Park office, Room 105 of Casa del Prado.
Congratulations to all involved in producing the magazine, published six times a year and distributed to SDFA members. Included are Kay Harry, advertising director; Bonne Gebhardt, associate editor and copy editor; and Editorial Board members Amy Wood and John Blocker, author of “Growing Grounds.”
Mission: To promote the knowledge and appreciation of horticulture and floriculture in the San Diego region.