Specialty Sources

Specialty Sources

American Insectaries, Inc.,
30805 Rodriguez Rd., Escondido, CA 92026-5312
(760) 751-1436
Source for beneficial insects

Buena Creek Gardens
Local nursery with bird and butterfly demonstration garden with over 600 different plants. Following link is their article on attracting birds and butterflies to your garden.
The Birds, Butterflies, Herps, & Dragonflies of San Diego County
Extensive photo galleries with San Diego bird and butterflies photographs

California Native Plant Society, San Diego Chapter
Dedicated to promoting the use of California native plants in the landscape and teaching workshops for students and teachers.

California Rare Fruit Growers

City Farmers Nursery
Local San Diego garden center and source for hydroponic supplies

CHIRP for Garden Wildlife
Suggested plant list to attract birds and butterflies to the garden.

Cuyamaca College Water Conservation Garden
Visit the xeriscape demonstration garden, look at state-of-the art irrigation systems, drought tolerant plants and turf varieties.

Del Mar Fair, “Plant-Grow-Eat” program
Grades K-6 participate by growing different seed varieties; field trip to the fair is arranged for plant judging.
(858) 755-1161 x2407

Teachers can use the EarthBox and its accompanying curriculum to teach cross-curriculum, standards-based lessons that excite students and engage them in hands-on activities

Eon Industries
Sell a variety of garden markers

Flower Fields
Trained docents act as tour guides at the Flower Fields and travel to schools to teach growing methods of bulbs and flowers.

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
Dedicated to planting edible, fruitful trees and plants to benefit schools and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water.

Green Machine, San Diego County Office of Education
Fee Based Training - Instructors visit elementary schools to teach children about food sources, soil, pest management, and the water cycle. Help is offered on starting a garden.

Greentrees Hydroponics
Local supplier of hydroponic products

Hydroponics Online
Click on Hydroponics Online School on their main menu for detailed instructions to create a hydroponic garden.

IGS Hydroponics Supplies
Local supplier of hydroponic products. Includes detailed instructions and information in their hydro 101 section

National Council for Therapy and Rehabilitation through Horticulture
9041 Comprint Court, Suite 103
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Promotes use of horticulture in therapeutic and rehabilitative programs

Poison Control Center
(800) 876-4766
Call for a list of poisonous seeds and plants

Quail Botanical Gardens
A large collection of plants from diverse areas of the world are displayed in specialty gardens. The Seeds of Wonder Children's Garden is a great field trip for school children along with the Under the Sea Succulent Garden. Most recently they have announced a new garden with fire safe recommended plants. Admission is free the first Tuesday of each month.

Tree of Life Nursery
Includes 150 plant profile of natives, tips on planting natives, and newsletter

University of California Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners
(858) 822-6910
Trained volunteers answer gardening questions and work with home gardeners. Garden hotline operates Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Request a school garden consultant to assist with your school garden at: , click on School Program, click on Request a Garden Consultant and Explore Existing Gardens

Wild Birds Center
Information on bird feeding, housing, and water sources

Website dedicated to help gardeners attract and nurture wildlife in their garden.