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Cactus Garden in Balboa Park

Garden in Bloom

There are over 20 different gardens located in Balboa Park San Diego. I knew I wanted to visit the Botanical building. I looked over the list of gardens and put the Desert Garden high on the list of must-see other gardens.

I could already tell that San Diego was an excellent location for growing cactus and succulents. I was seeing large specimens of succulents in gardens as I drove or walked around the town. The Desert Garden is located across from the footbridge over Park Boulevard near the Natural History Museum. The garden was planted in 1976 and has matured well. Many of the plants were in bloom.

The garden reminded me a lot of South Africa. Many of the plants were succulents and many were from South Africa - Aloes and Euphorbias. There were not as many cactus as I expected.

Here are a few of the wonderful plants that can be found in the Desert Garden.

Euphorbia candelabrum
Euphorbia candelabrum

Fouquieria columnaris / Idria columnaris
Idria columnaris

Dracaena Draco
Dracaena draco

Dracaena draco
Close up of Dracaena draco

Aloe barberae
Aloe Barberae - Tree Aloe

Euphorbia grandicornis
Euphorbia grandicornis

Pair of Doves
Pair of doves

Aloe Ferox
Aloe ferox

Aloe dichotoma with Aloe ferox in background
Aloe dichotoma - Quiver tree that we saw in South Africa

Comments (4)

Barb Cabot:

I totally missed this when we were there. Must see the next time. Thank you for pointing this out.

What amazing plants and what photos of them. I can't believe that you are allowed to walk your dogs in that park

Gorgeous gardens! I can see that you had truly spectacular weather.

I tried to comment on your poached egg entry but the comment section did not show up when I clicked on 'comments'. Anyway, I love poached eggs but have never had any success in making them. I'm going to follow your tips and hopefully have decent looking eggs.

I also love asparagus w/ eggs. Your salad looks very yummy!

I bet G wishes he could have been there. Looks like a great garden to visit. I love cactus plants (although can't keep one alive more than 2 weeks).

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