SeaWeederJoin our regular monthly meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday, September through June, at the Fletcher Cove Community Center, 133 Pacific. Ave. Coming up:

Bulky-item + Pesticide Cleanup Day: October 6 at La Colonia

Please take advantage of the opportunity to unload unwanted pesticides and herbicides for FREE on October 6, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., at La Colonia Community Center. The tenacious SeaWeeders wedged this opportunity into the annual bulky item and e-waste event sponsored by the City of Solana Beach and funded by the the Regional Solid Waste Association (RSWA). Solana Center for Environmental Innovation is a co-sponsor.

To help with unloading, representatives from EDCO, the City’s curbside trash collector, and Philips Services Company (PSC), will be on hand. PSC provides Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection for the City. Acceptable bulky items include furniture, appliances, and electronic waste. Household hazardous waste drop-offs are limited to pesticides and herbicides.

Folk wisdom says that “the best fertilizers are the footsteps of the gardener in the garden.” It’s true: by getting close to your plants you can take note of their well-being. Some plants that appear to be in good shape from a distance, might, on closer inspection, be showing early signs of problem insects or mildew. A timely non-toxic treatment can prevent a small problem from becoming a big problem.

To learn more about non-toxic gardening and plant and pest identification, bring a photo or plastic bagged specimen to the SeaWeeder’s November 13th meeting. 6:30 pm at the Fletcher Cover Community Center, 133 Pacific Avenue in Solana Beach.

Below are photos of SeaWeeder volunteers helping to replant the Rios trailhead into the San Elijo Lagoon in February.


The SeaWeeders Garden Club of Solana Beach promotes sustainable beautification of the city of Solana Beach through social interaction, garden education, and home and civic enrichment. Gardening enthusiasts who live in Solana Beach and neighboring communities are welcome to our monthly meetings and to join our volunteer projects.

The club’s roots date to the 1950s when the Women’s Civic Club formed to focus on the beautification of Solana Beach. It was renamed in  2004 when Donna Golich, Gerri Retman-Opper, and others adopted the task of maintaining a community garden section of the Coastal Rail Trail. Local landscape designer Katie Pelisek and Sandy Parish formally revived the SeaWeeders in 2012 and brought the club under the umbrella of the Civic & Historical Society.

Recent projects include:

The welcome sculpture and planting at the eastern gateway to Solana Beach at Lomas Santa Fe and Highland Drive.

Updating and ongoing maintenance of landscaping at the U. S. Post Office on South Sierra Avenue.

Teaming with the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy to improve the North Rios Trailhead access area, creating a stone wall sitting area and adding native plants.

Our members welcome helpers in their volunteer efforts to maintain El Jardin de los Ninos at La Colonia park (Tuesdays, 8 to 9:30 a.m.) and the Solana Beach Community Garden section of the Coastal Rail Trail, across from City Hall (Thursdays, 1 p.m.).

If you have a gardening question or a suggested project to help keep Solana Beach beautiful, contact