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Balboa Park Founders Plaza Adopt-A-Plot Project



Balboa Park, the jewel of San Diego, is holding its Centennial Celebration in 2015. To get ready for the celebration, the gardens in the park are in need of some overdue upgrades and enhancements. The UCCE Master Gardener Program of San Diego County, at the request of the Friends of Balboa Park, is participating in the Adopt-A-Plot program.  The Adopt-A-Plot program invites volunteers to 'adopt' an identified garden or landscape in the park and revitalize it using smart garden plant selection and design. For more details, please see http://friendsofbalboapark.org/projects/adopt-a-plot-program.

The UCCE Master Gardener Program adopted the plot at Founders Plaza located at the West Entrance of Balboa Park at 6th Avenue and El Prado.  A requirement of the Adopt-A-Plot program is that the garden be water wise.  For the Master Gardeners, this was an opportunity to support Balboa Park and also demonstrate how a water-wise garden can be created from an existing garden – a project many home gardeners are now facing due to water restrictions.  In redesigning the plot, several objectives were taken into consideration:

  • Redesign without completely removing the existing garden and utilize as many existing plants as possible.  This involved leaving the plants where they were as well as moving some to a different spot in the garden. 
  • New plant selections were to be, of course, water-wise.
  • The garden would qualify as an Earth-Friendly Garden.  To find out more information on an Earth-Friendly Garden, click on the Earth-Friendly Garden Section on the Master Gardener Home Page http://www.mastergardenerssandiego.org
  • The garden would provide a variety of blooms and colors at different times of the year, contrasting foliage, and hardy, bullet-proof plants as the garden is in a much used public space.

For ease of illustration, the garden is divided into an Upper and Lower Bed.





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