San Diego County Fair



SDBG at the San Diego County Fair 2013

San Diego County Fair

California Fusion seemed like the perfect name for SDBG’s landscape garden entry in the 2013 San Diego County Fair. Following a year sabbatical, Peter and Margaret Jones returned to lead the team. They were excited to start with an exceptional design by Greg Rubin. Greg has literally written the book on California Native Landscape. He wanted to show fairgoers that California’s native plants can be used in any garden setting. Following the design we created an an Asian inspired garden comprised entirely of native plants of California. Many SDBG volunteers came forward to implement this imaginative garden. Volunteer “carpenters” began building the Tea House together with a gate and bridge, months in advance. The installation of boulders, contouring of the soil preceded the “planting” of several boxed trees some weighing over a ton. Smaller plants were then carefully placed appropriately in the landscape. We even created a “Zen” pond filled with crushed stone and raked with a home-made peg rake. In addition to the donation of many hours by our wonderful volunteers we are indebted to many others, including Moosa Creek nursery for many of the plants, Laird Plumleigh for the lanterns and Phil Tacktil for the amazing bonsai (Lemonade berry) and Chris Garcia for the sign.

Photos: Margaret Jones


Thank You to Everyone!

San Diego County Fair

Our Awards

  • Mira Costa College Horticulture Dept Award
  • SDHS Nomenclature Accuracy Award
  • SDHS Don and Dorothy Walker Award for Most Outstanding Exhibit
  • Environmental Award
  • Best Stonework
  • Hardscape Feature Award 1st place
  • Conceptual Landscape Plan Award 3rd place
  • American Horticultural Society's Environmental Award
  • Watersmart Landscape Award


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