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 This cutting edge design by Weldon Exhibits is the first in the world! Catalpa tree branches harvested from deceased, drought stricken trees in East County were repurposed to become an integral part of these exotic ‘hanging gardens’ structure

June 29, 2017

San Diego Botanic Garden is pleases to share how it’s given ‘new life’ to drought-stricken catalpa trees in East County and repurposed them into GIANT, 12’ in diameter “PLANT CHANDALIERS.” These Chandaliers are the FIRST EVER CREATED IN THE WORLD by Weldon Exhibits, an internationally-recognized museum exhibits designer and fabricator from the Bay Area.

The branches of deceased Catalpa trees, harvested nearly 2 years ago along Dehesa Road in Campo, now serve as bases for what will become beautiful ‘plant chandeliers’ used in the Dickinson Family Education Pavilion now under construction at the Garden.

Julian Duval, President & CEO of San Diego Botanic Garden, came up with the concept of ‘plant chandeliers’ adorning the ceiling of the Pavilion, that has now become a reality thanks to the artistry of  the company that created the bases for what will become a unique new feature at the Garden.

“Catalpa wood is very decay resistant and the trees have a very graceful branching structure making them perfect for planting them with the wonderful diversity of plants from the tropical forest canopy,” said Duval. “It’s not a common tree in California, and we had already identified trees to harvest in Indiana for this project. So, the discovery of a dozen mature trees that had died along Dehesa Road in El Cajon was an amazing alternative.”

These exotic hanging gardens will be engineered to be displayed from the ceiling of the greenhouse-like structure and can be raised or lowered depending upon the use of the interior space of the Pavilion for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

A wonderful assortment of epiphytic plants including orchids, bromeliads, philodendrons and a myriad of others will be planted into the chandeliers created from the catalpa branches.  These living chandeliers will become a canopy of plant life similar to what would be found on the branches of trees living in a tropical forest.



MILITARY TRAINING - BOTANIC GARDEN KFMB-TV 5-12-16 5pm from San Diego Botanic Garden on Vimeo.



Chocolate Festival

San Diego botanic garden chocolate festival May 6, 2016 by CW6 Staff

Looking for a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day? Here it is. Endless chocolate, gifts such as; jewelry, clothes, accessories, candles, plus crafts for kids and crafts that kids can make as a gift for Mom happening May 7th!
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NATURE THERAPY from San Diego Botanic Garden on Vimeo.

More than 40 executive directors and CEO’s from the largest and most prestigious public gardens in North America gathered at San Diego Botanic Gardens for their annual meeting earlier this year. One of the participants, Dr. Christopher Dunn from Cornell University, spoke with Kathleen Bade from Fox 5 San Diego about the health benefits of being out in the natural world, including public gardens like San Diego Botanic Garden.


Big Blend Network
Vacation Radio Show: April 10, 2016 

with Julian Duval, President/CEO
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DIY Butterfly Garden
March 30, 2016 by CW6 Staff
The San Diego Botanic Garden on creating your own butterfly garden. 

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DIY Butterfly Garden


Historic trees that fell victim to El Niño get new life
Fox 5 News
Posted 5:46 PM, March 2, 2016, by Kathleen Bade

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San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale from San Diego Botanic Garden on Vimeo.


Sam's Thanksgiving

Sam's Thanksgiving from San Diego Botanic Garden on Vimeo.


Sculpture in the Garden

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Hamilton Children's Garden


Seeds of Wonder


Growing the Social Role of Botanic Gardens
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Video by Jim Scannell




San Diego Botanic Garden Native Plants Preservation

San Diego Botanic Garden Native Plants Preservation Length: 08:59 Paul Redeker, Director of Horticulture and Leslie Randall, Plant Curator, walk us through how they preserve natural plant habitats in Southern California. You will see which processes they use to eliminate invasive species and how they replace them with plants native to Southern California.

Shot by: Gary Junken, Produced by Antonio Reis and Danielle Sherry



San Diego Botanic Garden Seeds of Wonder Model Train


Galapagos Tortoise

Sam's Big Day -
Galapagos Tortoise Moves to San Diego Botanic Garden

This video "Sam's Big Day" shares how a 600 lb Galapagos tortoise was moved from a home in Fallbrook CA to the San Diego Botanic Garden. It proved to very easy as Sam the tortoise will follow you just about any where for bananas.

There is also a very interesting back story about this special tortoise and its tie to Julian Duval, President/CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden which started in 1966. It also touches on the love and special care Sam has received for over 40 years by Lois Dickson.

Sam is clearly very fond of interacting with people but it is not possible for that experience to be available to everyone visiting the Botanic Garden. So until Sam will be provided a display exhibit when the Garden expects to expand he will be available as a therapy animal for people with special needs.
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Galapagos Tortoise

LIVE Zoo Show POV 1990

LIVE Zoo Show POV 1990 from Ken Scheidler
I'm in the Production Van. Karen and Lydia are in the audience enjoying the 1990 LIVE "At the Zoo" show from the Encounters Arena with Kevin, Julian and Dave. I think TJ Banes is in there also.
Karen filmed the entire show. This is the final segment.
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Plants Grow People
The powerful partnership between the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and the San Diego Botanic Garden proves that PLANTS CAN GROW PEOPLE, all over the world. Video by Here's My Chance | Directed by David S. Kessler | Music by Gretchen Lohse
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Gala in the Garden
On September 10th, 400 guests gathered at San Diego Botanic Garden for the Gala in the Garden: A Celebration of Nature, Art and James Hubbell. As our largest fundraiser, the Gala raised over $165,000 to support the Garden’s exhibits and educational programs. Video courtesy of Morgan Digital Video
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Frogs and Lizards
San Diego Botanic Garden has more than plants. Our grounds host a variety of wildlife including these frogs and lizards.
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Annual Insect Festival
Bees, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and Walking Sticks are just a few of the insects you'll see at our Insect Festival.
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Insect Festival on San Diego Living July 9, 2010
Julian Duval and Marc Bailey, host of "San Diego Living" on San Diego Channel 6, share notes on the relationship of insects, critters and plants, in anticipation of summer's annual Insect and Garden Festival.
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Between Wildfires
Between Wildfires is a 28 minute video where various experts share their knowledge on how to be better prepared for the inevitable wildfires that are part of the environment in Southern California.
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Richard Louv speaks with Julian Duval about the Importance of Children and Nature; July 2007

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, speaks about the importance for children to have a hands-on experience in nature. He advocates they get their hands dirty and their feet wet! See how the San Diego Botanic Garden can inspire children of all ages to enjoy nature.

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water smart logoBe Water Smart
This production was funded by a grant from the San Diego County Water Authority.
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water smart logoGardens of Ideas For Water Conservation
The links below are to YouTube

Gardens of Ideas For Water Conservation Part 1 of 3

Gardens of Ideas For Water Conservation Part 2 of 3

Gardens of Ideas For Water Conservation Part 3 of 3

water smart logoLow Water Gardening

Many local landscape plants are more drought tolerant than most people think. Often people water their plants and gardens 30-80% more than they need.

On the other hand, newly planted plants, and especially trees and large shrubs need more water for the first year or two. Most perennials and smaller fast growing shrubs need extra water for 6-8 months, especially in the summer.

For most plants the best time to plant is in the fall or early winter so that roots can establish over our rainy season. Of course, most winters we don’t really get too much rain so additional watering is necessary.

Generally, if you want fast growth initially, water more, but when the plants get larger cut back on the watering. This will restrict future growth and eliminate a lot of unnecessary pruning and trimming.

Download Low Water Plants Take Along List (PDF File, 6 pages, 292 K)