October 22-23: Handmade home decor, vintage antiques and clothing will be just some of the products at the Seasons of the Heart craft fair. No cost; Parking at $10. When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Where: Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Information: (619) 916-3731 or seasonsoftheheartcraftfaire.com/SOTH/Welcome.html.
October 22: Interested in a variety of flowers and plants? The “The “Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees” event, presented by the San Diego Floral Association, is for you. Representatives and experts from various floral, ecological and horticultural organizations and societies will be available to answer questions about a specific plant or flower or about the groups themselves. No cost. When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Casa del Prado and El Prado, Balboa Park. Information: (619) 232-5762 or sdfloral.org/special-event.htm.
October 29: The right way to plant trees and shrubs will be the focus of a course taught by Tyler Trimble. No cost. When: 9.30am-10.30am Where: Walter Andersen Nursery, 12755 Danielson Court, Poway. Information: (858) 513-4900 or walterandersen.com/classes-events/.
October 29-30: Interested in home renovation, indoor-outdoor living, landscaping and decorating? You’ll find experts, exhibits and seminars on these topics and more at the Fall Home/Garden Show. Cost: $8; Parking at $10. When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Information: fallhomegardenshow.com/.
October 29-30: The San Diego County Orchid Society’s fall “Orchid in the Park” show will feature the beautiful plant and flower for viewing and purchase, as well as speakers on orchid-related topics. No cost. When: 10 a.m. early bird sales, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Where: Casa del Prado, room 101, Balboa Park. Information: sdorchids.com/FallShow_2022.html.
October 29-30: The California Coastal Rose Society and the San Diego Rose Society have partnered to host the Fall Rose Show and Auction. Lovers are invited to display their roses in the horticulture, arrangements and photography divisions. The silent auction of rare and unusual roses will take place on Saturday and Sunday, with the live auction at 2 p.m. on Sunday. No cost. When: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Where: El Corazon Oceanside Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside. Information: sandiegorosesociety.com/events/california-coastal-rose-society-and-san-diego-rose-society-fall-rose-show-and-auction Where https://www.ccrsauction.com/index.php. (Melanie: Sounds like something really big, so hopefully you can include it. If I’m reading the backgrounder correctly, Marion Ross of “Happy Days” fame will be there.)
November 5: Landscaping consultations will be just one part of the 2022 Fall Garden Festival at the Water Conservation Garden. The festival will also feature plant sales, classes, vendors and water garden tours. The 45-minute design consultations will focus on incorporating plants and drought-tolerant materials. Admission to the festival: $6 members; $11 non-members, children 2 and under free. Design consultations: Cost: $70 members; $85 non-members and space must be reserved online. When: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. preview of members; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. general admission. Where: The Water Conservancy Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive W., El Cajon. Information: (619) 660-0614, extension 10, or thegarden.org/fall-garden-festival/.
November 9: Want to learn more about creating a landscape in an aquarium to display as art or decoration? Aquatic Supply Specialist Crystal Chan will discuss aquascaping – the art of arranging aquatic plants as well as rocks, stones or driftwood, aesthetically in an aquarium – at a meeting of the Point Loma Garden Club. No cost. When: 9:30 a.m. to noon. Where: Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal, San Diego. Information: plgc.org/event-4888103.
November 10: Learn the basics of traditional home composting in a virtual webinar hosted by the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation. Experienced educators will discuss bin options and compostable items. No cost. When: 6-7 p.m. Where: Zoom; participants will receive a link and password upon registration. Information: solanacenter.org/inspire_events/backyard-composting-basics-webinar-city-of-encinitas/.
Nov. 18-20, 23, 25-27; 1-4, 8-11, 14-23, 26-31 Dec. ; Ja. 1: Lightscape, a new holiday event at the San Diego Botanical Garden, will light up the evenings with more than one million holiday lights in tunnels, a fire garden, sculptures and art installations throughout the garden. The average tour time along the one-mile trail is 1.5 hours and there is no time limit. Tickets: from $27 for adults, $18 for children 3 to 12 years old and free for children under 2 years old. Discounts available for SDBG members as well as active and disabled military with ID; $10 parking in advance, $20 day of visit. When: Admission times are available every 15 minutes from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The garden closes at 10 p.m. Information: (760) 436-3036 or sdbg.org/lightscape/.
November 17: Bethany Little, who has a background in floral design and horticulture, will show attendees at the La Jolla Village Garden Club meeting how to harvest and dry flowers. No cost. When: 10:30 a.m. Where: Congregation Beth Israel, Social Hall, 9001 Towne Center Drive, San Diego. Information: (858) 453-3550 or vgclj.com/programs-for-the-year.
December 8: L. Frank Baum, best known for writing “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” wrote three books with a nod to Christmas while wintering at the Hotel del Coronado. You can hear Baum’s vacation stories and his relationship with Coronado in a talk by Bill Swank, the resident Santa Claus at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion since 2002. Tickets: $15 member; $18 non-member. When: reception at 5:30 p.m., conference at 6 p.m. Where: Coronado Historical Association, 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado. Information: (619) 435-7242 or coronadohistory.org/calendar/event/wine-lecture-baums-christmas-memories-1/.
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