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Spring 2024 Newsletter


Of Alta Vista Botanical Gardens
Over the past two decades, AVBG has evolved into a sanctuary of tranquility and natural splendor. Visitors are greeted by a harmonious blend of flora, each corner thoughtfully designed to showcase the diversity of plant life.

As we celebrate 25 years of AVBG, it brings us great pleasure to share some exciting news. To mark this significant milestone, we are hosting a dinner gala event on September 7, 2024. The gala has a dual purpose, to celebrate the past 25 years of beauty and tranquility the gardens have brought to the community; and to serve to raise funds to continue our purpose. Your support and attendance is vital as we embark on the next chapter of our journey. 

Questions: Rusti Dixon gm4avbg@gmail.com
Sponsorship Opportunities – Donate (via paypal.com)

Vote AVBG for Best of North County Activities (see ballot) until March 13th

Monthly Garden Walks for New Members. Enjoy an informative walk through the gardens. Closed-toe shoes recommended. Please contact Naomi Stein to schedule naomibdesigns@gmail.com

Monthly Updates of Current Events at the Gardens to be received via email. If you have any questions or submissions, please email Rusti Dixon gm4avbg@gmail.com

Volunteer Day – Sunday, March 30th 9-Noon – volunteeravbg@gmail.com

AVBG is a finalist for Heroes of Vista Nonprofit organization of the Year by

Meading at the Garden Tickets On Sale Now!

The 9th Anniversary of Meading at the Garden is being held on April 6, 2024. As always, 100% of all proceeds are donated to the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. The largest mead festival on the west coast, Meading at the Garden features over 35 meaderies, cideries, and breweries.

Enjoy Yoga in the Gardens

Enjoy Yoga in the Gardens year-round at AVBG in our beautiful Rose/Ceremonial Garden on the lawn. Shelly and Louise are Certified Yoga Instructors that offer 6 classes per week. They teach safe and mindful classes taught for All Levels

We have umbrellas for shade and plenty of room.

Classes are $10 for Members and $15 for Non-Members

Weekly Schedule for Spring 2024

  • Tues 4:30 pm Yoga and Social/Happy Hour
  • Thurs 9:00 am
  • Fri 9:30 am
  • Sat 9:30 am and 11:00 am
  • Sun 10:00 am

Contact for more info: Yogashelly@gmail.comLouisemcd61@gmail.comYogainthegardens108@gmail.com
Follow us on Instagram @Yogainthegardens108

AVBG Kids in the Garden

March 16,2024

Soil, Composting and Spring Planting

 $5 per Child +
$5 per Adult Garden Entry

FREE for AVBG family members Pre-register (760) 822-6824


  2024 Kids in the Garden Classes

April 20 Earth Day Festival – 10 am to 3 pm FREE event children’s nature activities, music and dance, vendors, plant sale, BBQ lunch for sale
May 11 – no class
June 8 – 
Bugs and Butterflies
July 13 – Nature Drawing and Watercolors
August 10 – 
Water All Around Us
September 14 – Veggie Critters
October 12 – Fall Fun Festival 10 am to 3 pm FREE event children’s nature activities, scarecrow contest, music and dance, vendors, plant sale, BBQ lunch for sale
November 9 – Cooking and Nutrition – Beans
December 14 – Scavenger Hunt for Nature’s Treasures

Pre-register with farmerjonesavbg@gmail.com

A big thank you to our member, Debra Coldwell, for her photography and description of species found in the gardens!

Red-shouldered Hawk
You can hear their surprisingly high shrill when walking around the gardens. This is a very common hawk in California. 


Western Tanager

Not as common as other birds, this bird in its breeding colors is quite vibrant. It shows up at Alta Vista in spring and summer.

AVBG Gate Greeters and Garden Shop Volunteers Needed 

We rely on volunteers to nurture our gardens, and we’re hoping you’ll join us. We’re currently seeking friendly individuals to welcome visitors at our information kiosk. Additionally, our Garden Shop requires extra hands to keep it open more frequently. Our monthly volunteer day is held on the last Saturday of each month from 9 am to noon. If you’re interested in helping, please email volunteeravbg@gmail.com for more details. 

Photo by Maria Paule Delos Reyes

Visit Our Business Sponsors

Alta Vista Botanical Gardens appreciates all the businesses who donate their materials, labor and expertise.
You make the Gardens shine, thank you! 
Learn more about the businesses that support us!

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