Adopt-A-Plot Program Beautifies Balboa Park

MissionHillsGardenClubVolunteersDec2014Friends 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 are working 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 help ensure the preservation of the Park’s rich horticultural heritage. For more information, click here.

2015 Annual Awards Luncheon Date Announced!


The Friends of Balboa Park has announced that the 2015 Annual Awards Luncheon will take place Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Balboa Park Club. The Annual Awards Luncheon honors and celebrates exception visionaries and volunteers in Balboa Park.

Last year’s Annual Awards Luncheon celebrated Millennium  Award Honorees 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.

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.


Share your stories of Balboa Park for “A Tapestry of Time”

Please share with us what you or your family remembers about Balboa Park.  We want to tell future generations of your role in building the rich heritage of the Park.  We plan to publish the collection in a new volume of “A Tapestry of Time.”  Click here to download “A Tapestry of Time” Volume I – a rich history of Balboa Park as told through people’s memories of the Park from the Expositions in 1915 and 1935 which were collected and published by Betty and Homer Peabody in 1997 .  Click here for more information about how you can submit new stories.  Thank you!

Postcard courtesy of David Marshall

Eco Ambassador Campaign 2014

Eco Ambassadors 2014Thank you for voting in the 2014 Eco-Ambassadors People’s Choice campaign!

Voting has now ended in the online campaign. We thank all who took time to vote in support of our Plaza de Balboa Smartscape project. Your vote helped support our  water conservation efforts in Balboa Park. Congratulations to the winner – ArtForm.  Because of your efforts we received over 2,500 votes!  Thank you!