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
The Palomar Cactus
and Succulent Garden is located at Comet Circle Drive
and Mission Ave on the San Marcos campus of Palomar
The Cactus and
Succulent Garden provides great examples of Xeriscape
and fire resistant plants.
The site is a 2 ½ acre plot with .92 of its total size
fenced in. The fenced section houses the rare and more
valuable species. These gardens include:
Baja, Arizona and Nevada Garden
A Dudleya Garden
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
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,
Pauline Riley Richard Borevitz, Wayne Armstrong and
Honored Guest; Bob Kelly