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Palomar Community College District is located in North San Diego County, California. Palomar is one of the largest community colleges in the country, in both geographical area and student population. The student population is over 30,000, throughout the district. The main campus is located in San Marcos on a 252 acre site. In 1973, a five acre hillside on the main campus was set aside for an arboretum. Soon thereafter,
many trees, palms and bamboos from around the world were planted and labeled, making the arboretum not only an area for the study of botany, but also a place to study, relax and bond with nature. Photography, art, communications and physical education students have used the arboretum for class field trips and projects.

The Palomar Cactus and Succulent Garden is located at Comet Circle Drive and Mission Ave on the San Marcos campus of Palomar College.

The Cactus and Succulent Garden provides great examples of Xeriscape and fire resistant plants. The site is a 2 acre plot with .92 of its total size fenced in. The fenced section houses the rare and more valuable species. These gardens include:

  • A Madagascar Garden

  • A California, Baja, Arizona and Nevada Garden

  • A Pachypodium Garden

  • A Sansaveria Garden

  • A Dudleya Garden

  • Two Canary Island Gardens

These plant collections are maintained in as natural a state as possible. Few if any pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides are used in the Garden.

To arrange a tour of the Cactus and Succulent Garden
Call: Dick Henderson, Garden Manager at 1-760-480-4181.

The Friends of the Palomar College Arboretum Committee meets once a month. Usually the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm in room RS-5 on the main San Marcos campus.

Visitors are welcome!
Please contact Tony Rangel if you plan on attending the Arboretum Committee
(760) 744-1150 ext. 2133

May 19, 2011
Arboretum Committee Members: Tony Rangel, Susan Snow, Elaine Armstrong,
Pauline Riley Richard Borevitz, Wayne Armstrong and Honored Guest; Bob Kelly