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Unwind at the End
of the Day!

Join us on Thursday evenings at 5pm for stretching and relaxation in our tranquil garden setting. Our beginner-friendly yoga class will include traditional yoga poses and simple meditation techniques.

Classes are presented by volunteers, thanks to a partnership with the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts Teacher Training at Ginseng Yoga. 

$5 suggested donation. Please bring your own yoga mat or beach towel and dress appropriately for outdoor yoga.


High School Interns Aly (left) and Diana (right) teach peers about essential vitamins
Craving Summer Fruits and Veggies? We have you covered! 
Olivewood Gardens offers  Farmers' Market Boxes from Specialty Produce!  The box ($20) includes a weekly selection of fresh California-grown fruits and vegetables.
Specialty Produce donates $2 of every purchase to the Olivewood Gardens program fund. To learn more or enroll,  contact Kati Christensen.
Specialty Produce 
Farmers' Market Box contents

Teachers participating in the Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education Teacher Training Academy practice classroom lessons
recycleRecycling at Olivewood
Have extra batteries? Thanks to EDCO Disposal, you can now recycle your batteries with us when you come to volunteer, learn, or pick up a Farmers' Market Box!

Elementary Education Intern Heleen shows students flower anatomy
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center
Executive Director

Healy Vigderson 


Program Director

Diana Bergman


Head Gardener

Martha Prusinskas


Chef Educator

Kati Christensen


Manager of Volunteers and Outreach

Ally Welborn 


Development Assistant

Claire Groebner 


Garden Educator

Charles Anacker



Ananda Gunasekara

Adan Teposte


(619) 434-4281
2525 N Avenue
National City, CA 91950

Board of Directors
  • ChairMary L. Walshok, Ph.D
  • Vice ChairDennis Doyle, Ph.D.
  • TreasurerRichard L. Romney
  • SecretaryJacqueline Reynoso
  • Cathe Burnham
  • Irma Gigli, M.D.
  • Anne McEnany
  • Eleanor Navarra
  • Trish Watlington

An Adventurous Eater tries his Rainbow Wrap

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Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center  was created by the
to further its vision of assuring healthy communities and healthy economies in the 
cross-border region.
  Soiree2015 Seedling Soir?e
Saturday, May 30th


Join us for a special evening of friends, beauty, nature, food, and spirits benefiting Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center.


Twilight Cocktails and Appetizers:
5:30p-7:30p,  $50

Cocktails, Appetizers, and Culinary Feast: 
7:00p-9:00p, $200 


The 2015 Seedling Soir?e will feature some of San Diego's hottest caterers and restaurants collaborating to create unique dishes that showcase San Diego County's organic and sustainably produced meats, seafood, produce, and confections.


This year's featured culinary crafters are:

Cocktails by:


Twilight Cocktails & Appetizers - $50

5:30-7:30 - Enjoy a variety of delicious garden-inspired craft cocktails and appetizers celebrating the spring harvest.

Twilight Cocktails & Culinary Feast - $200
5:30-9:00 - San Diego's top local chefs collaborate to serve a garden-inspired, family-style dinner (includes Cocktail & Appetizer hour)


 Click Here to Purchase Tickets 


Proceeds from the event benefit the garden and nutrition programs offered by Olivewood to children and adults throughout San Diego County.


Sponsorships are available. Please call 619-434-4260.


Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center 

2525 N Ave, National City, CA 91950


2014 Seedling Soiree photos by Galdino Sanchez and @DiningOutSD

  SSDopVol Volunteer with Olivewood
Summer Special Events

Looking for a weekend opportunity or a chance to get your group involved at Olivewood? Come join us for two fun special events!

Seedling Soiree: 
Support fun and fundraising at our annual un-gala! Assist with event set-up, serving food, event support, clean-up, and more. We still have a few spots left, so act quickly to reserve!
Date: Saturday, May 30th

Day of Play: 
Help us put on a free event for the whole community! Assist with event set-up, registration, children's activities, clean-up, and more.
Volunteer: Saturday, June 27th
Orientation: Saturday, June 20th

 Day-of timing depends on your specific role and responsibilities. Sponsorships available for groups. Volunteers must be ages 14 & up.

Sign up or learn more:, 619-434-4281
What We're Up To
May and June


In May, we hosted 15 field trips! Participants included preschoolers, elementary school students, and families. National School District field trips concluded for the school year with visits from 4th graders who studied the plant reproduction, practiced soil building, and made their own fruit and yogurt parfaits.

We continued to grow our partnerships in nature- and garden-based education by conducting a Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education teacher training and hosting a San Diego Children and Nature Network meeting on Regional School Garden Sustainability.

Also in May:
  • We hosted a tour for the San Diego Master Gardeners, Deep Yoga Outdoor Bliss Classes, a Volunteer Orientation, and a Food and Farm Family Fun Day.
  • We set-up info booths at Sprouts Chula Vista and the National School District Family Health and Wellness Fair.

  • We will host field trips from the San Ysidro Health Center, O'Farrell Community School, and Summercrest Apartments.
  • Olivewood will have its 5th annual Day of Play event. This popular free family event will include cooking, gardening, crafts, and more for the community!
Now Hiring:
Facilities and Gardens Manager

Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center is looking for an enthusiastic and positive team player who is passionate about gardening and education to care for our beautiful
7-acre Garden and Nutrition Education Center in
National City, CA.


Open House
Saturday, May 23rd, 10am-1pm

Learn about our historic roots, current gardening practices, and plans to impact the future of National City. Tours include two large garden areas and a peek inside the Noyes house.


Guided Tours: 10:15am and 12:15pm
Location: Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center
2525 N Ave, National City, CA 91950
Suggested Donation: $5
Contact: 619-434-4281

Saturday, June 27th, 10am-1pm

Join us for a free community event for the whole family! 

Activities include:
  • Hands-on Kitchen Activities
  • Healthy recipe tastings
  • Physical Activities
  • Art projects
  • Take-home planting
  • Activities in the Garden
  • Nutrition Games and Contests 

  • Special Activity Area for Children Ages 0-5
  • Much more!
Date: Saturday, 6/27
Time: 10am to 1pm
Cost: FREE
Please register in advance, space is limited.

Parking: Toys 'R' Us  - 10 min walk to Olivewood

1100 E 30th St, National City, CA 91950

Raffle tickets available at parking lot

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Featured Recipe:
Homemade Granola Yogurt Parfaits
Created by Jamie Weisman


Ingredients for Toasted Oats (base for granola)
1 cup rolled oats
2 teaspoons vegetable oil or coconut oil
2 teaspoons agave

Directions for Toasted Oats (base for granola)
1. Preheat oven to 300?. 

2. Mix ingredients in a bowl and pour onto baking sheet in a single layer. 

3. Bake for 10 minutes, stir oats and shake pan so oats spread out again, and bake for 10 more minutes (a total of 20 minutes baking time). 

4. Let cool completely before adding nuts, dried fruit, etc. to complete your granola. The oats will crisp up as they sit.

Ways to Flavor your Granola!

  • You can add dried fruit such as dried cranberries, cherries, apricots, raisins, chopped dates, toasted coconut flakes...
  • You can add seeds such as sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, unsalted sunflower seeds...
  • You can add nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans...

Enjoy over yogurt or as a bowl of cereal in milk... and be sure to add lots of fresh fruit!