Category: News

2014 Poinsettia Display in the Botanical Building

Hundreds of magnificent poinsettia plants turn Balboa Park’s historic wood lath Botanical Building into a glowing tribute to the holidays.  The display is installed in time for the December Nights Festival, the first weekend in December and usually runs through the first week in January.  The Botanical Building is closed on Thursdays.  Friends of Balboa Park, together with our donors, help fund the annual display.  Donor and honoree names are on display inside the Botanical Building for the duration of the display.  Click here to view more information about how you can contribute to this year’s display.

December Nights Festival December 5 & 6

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Please join us for the annual December Nights Festival in Balboa Park – the biggest 2-day party in San Diego. If you’ve never attended, you’re missing out on a great event. Music, food, and fun for all. This a great way to kick off the Holiday Season and CELEBRATE San Diego and our Park.  Please contact us if you would like to volunteer in our information booth:



Annual Awards Luncheon October 21st


The Friends of Balboa Park’s Annual Awards Luncheon took place on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Balboa Park Club to honor and celebrate with exceptional visionaries and volunteers in Balboa Park. This year’s Millennium  Award Honorees were Jerry Sanders and Rana Sampson.  Click here to view our online photo galleries of the event.  For more information about the event, including links to an event program, click here.



Adopt-A-Plot Program Getting Ready for 2015!

The-Mall-in-Spring-4webFriends of Balboa Park is proud to be initiating the new Adopt-A-Plot Program with the City of San Diego’s Park & Recreation Department for the 2015 Centennial. Professional landscape designers, horticulture and garden societies, businesses and volunteers will work with us to create new landscapes for key areas of Balboa Park including popular gardens in the Central Mesa, and many more acres of parkland in need of refurbishment. These projects will help ensure the preservation of the Park’s rich horticultural heritage. For more information click here .


Water-Wise Program Elevates Conservation Efforts in the Park

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Friends of Balboa Park have responded to San Diego’s critical water shortage by initiating the Water-Wise Program for Balboa Park – a plan that will help achieve environmental sustainability. The Friends are leading the effort by raising funds to “smartscape” acres of land with drought tolerant plants, install water-saving irrigation and high-tech irrigation controllers, and study and implement water-reclamation systems.In addition, an important water and irrigation mapping project is underway which will bring immediate benefit to water conservation efforts in the Park. Click here for more information.