By Ashley Grable
Corporate and Community Relations Manager
Thank you, San Diego, for your continued support of our 37-acre oasis! Because of your ongoing contributions – including $150,000 raised to date in our ongoing fundraising campaign – SDBG will continue to flourish and serve our community in 2021.
Shortly after the Garden launched our Annual Fundraising Appeal in late November and we celebrated Thanksgiving, California issued a Regional Stay Home Order for San Diego and surrounding counties. With the holiday season in full swing and many traditional options for family celebrations and kids’ activities restricted, the Garden was able to move ahead with our annual Botanic Wonderland festivities, albeit with social distancing and safety protocols. Night after night, tickets sold out, as both first-time visitors and multi-decade members found – among the trees, plants, lights, and cozy fire pits – the serenity and comfort that were needed, and perhaps even a flash of joy and sparkle of delight that were not expected.
San Diego Botanic Garden is proud to offer our community a sense of home in nature and wellbeing among plants. As the intoxicating night scent of the dangling Brugmansia blooms make us so acutely aware, the more than 5,000 species in our collections provide a certain elixir – a restorative tonic – that is invaluable.
As we extend both our Annual Fundraising Appeal and Botanic Wonderland for just a few more weeks in January, we give tremendous thanks to our community for your support in 2020 and for helping us continue the work of our important mission in the new year. In 2021, we will make needed repairs to the beloved Toni’s Tree House, break ground on our new Pacific Promenade project, and continue imperative work preserving local native plant species – like the endangered Encinitas baccharis, Baccharis vanessae. We look forward to safely sharing the Garden experience with you soon.