The mission of the Garden
is to inspire people of
all ages to connect with
plants and nature.
SDBG at the San Diego County Fair 2013
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!
Mira Costa College Horticulture Dept Award
SDHS Nomenclature Accuracy Award
SDHS Don and Dorothy Walker Award for Most Outstanding Exhibit
Hardscape Feature Award 1st place
Conceptual Landscape Plan Award 3rd place
American Horticultural Society's Environmental Award