Take a break from Netflix and enjoy a look at Balboa Park’s flowering trees. You’ll learn a few fun facts about each and get a couple surprises along the way. The Balboa Park trees in bloom, June 2020 are: Tipuana TipuGold MedallionBeestillMexican Palo VerdeMarkhamiaAustralian WillowCrepe MyrtleCockspur CoralJacarandaMagnoliaSweetshadeAustralian Flame Tree ** Tipuana Tipu https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/tipuana-tipu Location(s) in … Continue reading Balboa Park in Bloom: June, 2020
If you’re like many people these days (May, 2020), you’re sheltered-in-place, tired of Netflix and looking for something to do besides your essential job. And you’d really like to make up for those travel plans you cancelled. Why not tour the largest urban park in the United States without leaving your living room? Balboa Park … Continue reading Balboa Park in Bloom: May, 2020
Balboa Park is home to an award-winning rose garden, free and open to the public year-round. The Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden is situated on the eastern edge of Balboa Park’s Central Mesa, along Park Boulevard. It was built in segments, beginning in 1973, and has been recognized multiple times for its beauty. Nationally … Continue reading Balboa Park in Bloom: Stop and Smell the Roses
She referred to plants as her children and used to say that a fifty cent tree should be planted in a five-dollar hole. Kate Sessions (1857-1940) is the “Mother of Balboa Park.” She earned the title by decades of labor, care, and support that transformed what was once City Park, a 1,400- acre tract of … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day, Kate Sessions!
Have you ever wanted to know a little more about trees? Not all the fancy technical stuff. Just enough so you can lord over your friends that you're smarter than them... and a better, more flora-conscious person. A simple yet rewarding way to start is to learn species while they're flowering, and then grab a … Continue reading Balboa Park in Bloom: April, 2020
Have you ever wished someone would write a step-by-step guide through Balboa Park so you could learn its plants and trees? Chauncy Jerabek, known as "The San Diego Tree Man," made that wish come true... over 80 years ago. In beautiful Balboa Park there are crowded many interesting plants from nearly every country of the … Continue reading Balboa Park: The San Diego Tree Man’s Hidden Treasure
Bunya-bunya. How can you NOT love that name? Bunya-bunya trees are evergreens, native to Australia and impossible to confuse with anything else (https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/araucaria-bidwillii). Southeastern corner of Golden Hill Park, aka the southeastern corner of Balboa Park Credit Miss Kate Sessions with their presence in Southern California. "The name 'Bunya' comes from the aboriginal name for … Continue reading Balboa Park: The Bunya-Bunya Trees