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Summer Newsletter 2024


Announcing 8:00-9:45 Dancing with Live Music from The Night Owls 

Questions: Rusti Dixon gm4avbg@gmail.com 





AVBG Kids in the Garden

June 8, 2024

Birds and Beaks

$5 per Child +
$5 per Adult Garden Entry

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


  2024 Kids in the Garden Classes

June 8 – Birds and Beaks
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






Please join us for a Special Members Only Private Viewing of the Vista 4th of July Fireworks!

This opportunity is only for our AVBG Members.
There are a limited number of tickets available.

Tickets are $25 per person, ($10 for children under 12) and will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Hamburgers ($7) and Hot Dogs ($4) available for purchase! Please indicate your BBQ order with your ticket reservation!
Bring your own special picnic dinner, drinks, comfortable chairs, blankets, and flashlights.
Special treat for our Members: 
Tickets include a complimentary Ice Cream Sundae!

For Reservations:
Please email to:
Include your name, telephone number and the number of people in your car. We will notify you if a ticket is available.
Tickets must be paid for and picked up in the Alta Vista Gardens Gift Shop by June 25th or your tickets will be given to the next party.

Limited number of parking spaces, so we encourage a full car.

Your generosity will help to support the beautiful
Alta Vista Botanical Gardens!






Kendra Stuffenegger and Ehsan Ziaeikajbaf

We are excited to announce they have been elected to AVBG Board of Directors!

Biographies and background to be highlighted in July’s monthly update.


Summer Velocity Interns

The Vista Chamber of Commerce has gifted AVBG with four internships paid by a grant from The City of Vista.  Our interns will staff the entrance kiosk, garden gift shop and work on special projects with the garden manager this summer.  Eligibility requirements for interns are listed below.  Please give them a warm welcome! 

  • The Velocity Summer Student Internship Program is open to incoming high school seniors, graduating class of 2025. 
  • Students must live in Vista or attend a school that’s part of the Vista Unified School District. 
  • The Vista Chamber of Commerce covers the interns’ pay for up to 100 hours. 
  • Internship hours must be completed between June 10 – August 9, 2024. 


Best of North County Awards:   

  • AVBG has placed in 4 categories!
  • Awards to be announced June 26, 2024, and highlighted in July’s monthly update! 







First Sunday of each month 10-Noon (in the Nursery) 

July 7, August 4 

Please visit the Meetup Group for more information: 





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.com, Louisemcd61@gmail.com, Yogainthegardens108@gmail.com
Follow us on Instagram @Yogainthegardens108




Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Highlights! 

Rafael Munoz AVBG Obelisk Award Winner and Volunteer of the Year 2024 

The sun shone a little brighter, and the plants a bit greener the day Rafael Munoz joined our volunteer team here at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens! Here are just a few of his contributions: 

His focus is always on our “guest’s experience” (his words), His long hours, tolling away, moving boulders of stone that did not want to be moved, Straightening and smoothing out a pathway to make it safer, tending to the Madagascar Garden and learning about the appropriate plants and their care, 

Digging and planting areas around the garden to add to its beauty, His attention to detail and willingness to do whatever needs to be done. Helping at our big events, directing our guest to parking spots, Trimming the undergrowth away to make each area a bit more beautiful. Helping set-up and tear down weekend events. And always with a great attitude and steady manner. 

We are so pleased you found us and so appreciative of your time, talents, and dedication in helping to make our gardens more beautiful. 

AVBG Adopt a Garden Volunteers of the Year 2024 

The Soil Sisters-Desert Garden – Salli Blakesley, Debby Wanamaker, Manna Brooks, Kim Stone 

Ivy Boden Rose Garden – Denise Stockman and Yvette Durham (pictured below) 


World Labyrinth Day


Dedication of Ed Fitzgerald Pavilion

Click to watch video





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 AVBG Volunteers

Calling all Great Greeters and Garden Shop Support! 

Volunteers are what keep our gardens growing and we are hoping that’s you. We are currently looking for some friendly faces to help us greet visitors at the welcome and information kiosk.  Our Garden Shop needs additional staffing so we can keep the shop open more often. Monthly volunteer day is the last Saturday of the month 9-Noon.

For more information, please email volunteeravbg@gmail.com to volunteer. 





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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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