Garden Ownership – Balboa Park with magnificent acres – in our own backyard

Reducing epidemic limitations makes this summer a great time to enjoy and rediscover the many activities that San Diego has to offer. Here is a tip for outdoor enthusiasts – pick a day, bring a friend or two and visit the beautiful gardens at San Diego’s “Crown”, Balboa Park.

Before Balboa Park, the land was the ancestral home of the Kumia people. Birds of a feather flock to shrubs and valleys covered in sharps and beaches. In 1868, San Diego’s civic leaders visited 1,400 acres[1,400 ha]. The so-called “city park” remained unoccupied for years.

A.D. In 1892, when city officials signed a 10-year lease agreement with gardener Kate Section on the edge of a city park, beauty began. Sessions agreed to plant 100 trees a year in most barren parks. At the beginning of the 20th century, businessman and philanthropist George Marston funded efforts to transform the city park. In 1910 the name of the city park was officially renamed Balboa Park.

The park hosted the first World Exhibition in 1915. The Panama-California Exhibition celebrates the opening of the Panama Canal in San Diego. A.D. The second exhibition, held in 1935, was called the California Pacific International Exhibition. Both events left a lasting impression on the Spanish colonies in Balboa Park. The enduring landscape of the park’s beautiful gardens is also impressive. Many can trace their origin in 1915 or 1935. Other gardens are “new.” They are all beautiful – and invite visitors to stop, reflect, admire and inspire.

The 2.5-hectare desert park in Balboa Park contains more than 1,300 plants, including many from around the world.

Desert Garden

The desert garden is a haven for dead, cactus and other drought-tolerant plants around the world. This 2.5 hectare garden is caring, quiet and peaceful. The winding roads invite you to see beautiful plants and trees, such as the candelabra tree and the crown of thorns.

Yenz Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden

Everything has come to the Roses since the founding of the Dick Stripe in 1974, at the 3-hectare Rose Garden in Nez Grant Parker. Enjoy over 1,700 roses, hybrids of tea and fluoride, graffiti, shrubs, rumblings, and sidewalks. Others. Try to determine the type, color, or aroma of your favorite rose. If you like fragrant roses, look for Neil Diamond, Fire Protection, Rock and Roll and Sugar Moon. The spacious gazebo provides a cool shade on a hot day.

Zoro Garden

Zoro’s garden is rich in colorful history. In 1935, Zoro was a nomadic colony. Entrance fees were paid, and the attraction was very popular. Today, the garden has been adapted to include plants that support every step of the butterfly’s life cycle. Surrounded by partial shade and rocky outcrops, the garden invites visitors to admire dairy plants, lantan, grapefruit and California lilac. You can find hanging crystals, caterpillars on the leaves, or the butterflies of the king.

The iconic plant building and Lily Pond are one of the most photographed places in San Diego, for good reason.

The iconic plant building and Lily Pond are one of the most photographed places in San Diego, for good reason. Inside there are ferns, cycads, orchids, and more.

(Helen Perscel Montag)

Plant Building and Lily Pond

For a great, spectacular view of the lily pond, the wooden structure is spectacular. Inside you will find all sizes, cycades, tall palm trees, orchids, bromeliads and, yes, carnivorous plants. Bright light is ideal for taking photos. Balboa Park Friends: Apt Program Program Find Lily Pond Dead and Drought Resistant Plants. You will find these signs in the gardens in the park.

A fallen garden tour

Inspire 15 local gardens at the Master’s Gardener Association’s annual Harvest Garden Visit to San Diego County. Early registration is highly recommended.

Japanese Friendship Garden

The nearby Japanese Friendship Garden is refreshing and soothing to all your senses. The story of the Japanese government offering a tea house in San Diego Reaffirming the friendship between the United States and Japan, the San-Kay-N Garden reopened in 1991. Look at all the details around you, so does the beauty of the Japanese garden. The winding streets are lined with benches, rocks, terraces, coyotes, statues, and ceremonial gates. Not to be overlooked is the area around Bonsai.

M.S. Marci Statue Garden

Art Connects Nature in May S. Marci Sculpture Garden. Three-dimensional modern and contemporary sculptures invite physical interactions with visitors. They also give the view of the place as if the garden itself were carved. Enjoy close-up views of palm trees and the tower of California. If you leave in an hour or half an hour, you will hear music from Tower Carroll.

Alkazar Garden

Alcazar Garden is a walled, formal courtyard in Seville, Spain. For the sake of sensuality, this backyard garden is decorated with two untains tees and eight benches in black, blue, yellow and green moorish tiles. Shaded pergola is immersed in a vineyard, and there are four colorful ornate areas covered with ancient boxwood fences. Take all the design elements. The California Wall stands out in the background, and you want to stay for a while.

Founders Plaza

The iconic, multi-arch Kabrilo Bridge will take you to Founders Plaza near the west entrance of Balboa Park, our last stop. In the center of the city and in the palms of San Jose Hessper, a distinct “bird’s eye view” comes to mind. A long time ago, in 1868, there were Mesa peaks and valleys. Today, we appreciate the historical perspective of how the park came to be and how it has improved over time.

Look for Kate Sessions, Ephraim Morse, Alonzo Horton and George Marston bronze statues. Morse and Horton collaborated to set aside large tracts of land in a “city park.” Sessions and Marston worked tirelessly to create, beautify and develop the park. Without them, there would be no Balboa Park as we know and enjoy today. There is a diamond acre that awaits you to explore and enjoy, known as the motto, “It is always changing, always amazing.” This is your park, San Diego. I hope you visit soon!

Helen Pursell Montag is a USC gardener who enjoys travel, history, writing, genealogy and speaking Spanish.

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