If you happen to go to San Diego, California during your visit, make sure you add Balboa Park to itinerary. You will enjoy the wonderful gardens, historical museums, entertaining performing arts, recreational centers, restaurants, trails and other amenities. The park is suited for families, tourists, garden enthusiasts and all types of guests with its gardens full of inspiration and landscaping ideas.
- Desert Garden is a 2.5 acre garden that is the home of around 1,300 species of plants. The peacefulness and tranquility of this garden is often disturbed by the birds, lizards and other animals that are free to roam the grounds. The scenic trails are home for the jogger or the hiker who can bring a dog with him or her. Since the Desert Garden houses plants that can survive with less water supply, it has always been mistaken as the 1935 Cactus Garden, another spot that you shouldn’t miss in Balboa Park.
- The 1935 (Old) Cactus Garden was developed under the order of Kate Sessions in commemoration with the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. The park houses the largest cacti and other succulent specimens that have been nurtured together with the exotic plants from Africa and the Protea plants in Australia.
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- The San Diego Botanic Garden combines exotic and native plants to those who want them that way. This botanical garden in Balboa Park contains a tremendous variety of plants coming from different places of the world. The gardens are arranged into themes such as the Bamboo garden with all kinds of bamboo trees and the African Garden which is the house of the most uncommon plants.
- The Japanese Friendship Garden binds together San Diego with its sister city in Japan, Yokohama. Two cultures creating a unique experience for visitors coming from other countries and witnessing the wonderful work of art designed to project Japanese silent beauty and elegant simplicity. The garden’s focal point is the Koi pond, a priceless collection that visitors should not dare to miss.
Balboa Park is truly amazing. Its huge space with colorful plants, magnificent sceneries, and lovely gardens surround the museums and other buildings as if hiding or protecting them from the outside world.