Find Out about the “Hidden Garden” April 17th


Louie William’s “Hidden Garden” is the topic of the April 17th Meeting at 7 p.m. at PL Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd in OB.
Encinitas has “Quails Garden” and Ocean Beach has the “Hidden Garden.” Louie, a San Diego native, has created this wonderful fairytale garden at his 1930’s homes on Niagara.
He has graciously allowed the public to tour these special yards.
Louie, now retired, has an interesting background that includes being a Marine. But his former professions of being an antique dealer and working at a nursery have inspired the beautiful displays in his garden.
Louie has some clever ways of creating dry creek-beds that look like they have water in them and are perfect for our drought climate.

Annual Wisteria Tea Party – Smashing Success

“There was a large turnout of locals in OB under a beautiful blue sky and Wisteria canopy on the a Saturday afternoon of March 22.
John Noble of Coastal Sage Gardening, gave a great and humorous talk on the history of Wisteria.
There was good food that included teas, homemade lemonade delectable finger sandwiches and desserts.
Some women were wearing flowery “high tea hats.” One OB man was wearing pink rabbit ears (the following day was Easter). An opportunity drawing topped off the day.
Each year the Wisteria Party Tea Party is held under the oldest trellises of Wisteria in OB, at Ocean Beach Historical Society’s Vice Chair Ned Titlow’s 1907 historical home at 4761 Niagara Ave.
This year rain, combined with sunny days, made for an breathtaking canopy of full blooming Wisteria.


Battle of San Diego Bay


On March 16th some OBHS Board Members were guests of the House of Spain for the celebration of “Battle of San Diego Bay.”
The Fuerte Guijarros Museum Foundation & Naval Base Point Loma presented the event.

Master of ceremonies Pedro Catala (President of Casa de Espana) presided over the affair with Captain Mark D. Patton (Commanding Officer Naval Base Point Loma), Ronald May (Chair Fort Guijarros Museum), Michael Aguirre (San Diego City Attorney) & Maria Angeles Olson (Honorary Consul of Spain).
On March 17th, 1803 Captain William Shaler & Captain Richard Cleveland sailed into San Diego Harbor on the American brig “Leila Byrd” to buy sea otter pelts.
The Spanish Commander forbade such trading, but the Americans persisted.
Some crewmen were captured at the beach. Later, they were escaped.
Fort Guijarros fired its nine pound cannons to prevent the American escape.
The Leila Byrd crew mounted six three pound swivel guns on the rail & fired two broadside at the fort.
A hat was waved & both parties ceased firing, bringing the battle to a peaceful ending that lead to a celebration.

The ceremony, the OBHS board members attended, featured “ A taste of Spain” with food, drink, Spanish dancing and a lecture on the history of the battle.