2023 plant sale at Nordic Hall
2023 plant sale at Nordic Hall

Past Events

Orchard Tour -- Urban Garden in Carlsbad

On May 25th, 24 members and guests met for a tour of Dawne Dickinson’s Carlsbad garden and orchard. Dawne has created a beautiful food forest, maximizing the beauty and productivity of every square foot of her city lot.

In the front yard are a Red Malaysian guava, Ganesh pomegranate, Tango mandarin, and three fig trees, a Red Rio grapefruit, and a Garcinia, among others. The fig trees and several other fruit trees and plants throughout the yard were netted with mosquito netting, which Dawne hopes will prevent fig fruit flies from destroying her figs. In the side yard, blueberry grapevines were already forming fruit, and we saw Dawne’s Bokashi and worm composting systems. In addition to her own compost, Dawne applies Nitro Compost or other materials that she gets for free during the giveaways by San Pasqual Valley Soils on the second Saturday of each month.

The backyard is lush with fruit trees, as well as a propagation nursery where Dawne grows plants for our club’s plant sales. She grows Namwa banana plants and a mango tree next to a 500-gallon rain tank, which helps keep them warm. There are Frederick and Ruby Glow passion fruit plants, fruiting epiphylums, a Fuyu persimmon, loquat, moringa, 6 avocados, and various citrus, stone fruit, and pomegranate trees.

Dawne offered seeds and cuttings from some of her plants. She also made some delicious foods and drinks, including juices with fruits from her yard, a fig banana walnut cake, and a citrus cake.

Various fruit trees and plants growing in a yard, with two people to the left of the image.
Various fruit trees and plants growing in a yard, with two people to the left of the image.
Chapter Meeting

The May chapter meeting was held outdoors and featured Carolyn Buchman discussing Medicinal Teas and Oils from Edible Plants and Fruit Trees.

The presentation consisted of some practical demonstrations of how oil is extracted from plant matter. Carolyn shared slides featuring photos of her own various plants, what they are, and what helpful things they can be used for. Plants included bay laurel, holy basil, ginger, and allspice, among many others.

We also learned that young dried persimmon leaves can help stop steel from rusting, and enjoyed a mulberry compote with custard as we learned. Carolyn provided jars and plant matter to make our own infusions at home.

Female presenter next to screen at outdoor location, with audience in foreground.
Female presenter next to screen at outdoor location, with audience in foreground.
Two citrus trees with a paved area behind them. A few flowers in the foreground.
Two citrus trees with a paved area behind them. A few flowers in the foreground.