The Grounds Department is responsible for the
maintenance of safe and comforting landscape areas on Campus
including; The Arboretum, The Cactus Garden and the Athletic Fields.
The unique collection of plants creates an aesthetically pleasing
and educational environment for all who visit the campus.
The landscaping on Campus is collectively
part of an “Active” Botanical Garden; which we refer to as the
“Gardens at Palomar”. Many of the specimens on campus are
endangered or threatened with extinction in their natural habitat.
The collection includes California Natives as well as specimens
native to regions all over the world.
In our efforts to beautify the campus, we
strive to be good stewards of our environment, by utilizing
landscape material that requires minimal chemicals, is drought
tolerant and by planting species that are noninvasive.
Some key points for enjoying the “Gardens at
Please do not pick and/or eat any fruits, berries, seeds, cuttings,
etcetera from any of the plants on campus. What may look edible may
in fact cause serious bodily injury and death. Should you or someone
wish to collect any plant material they must receive and possess
prior written permission from the District Grounds Department at
Please stay on walking paths. Do not cut corners or walk through
planter beds to avoid foot traffic, or to attempt to gain quicker
access to a specific area. This may expose you to unwanted harm or
may damage sensitive plant material.
If you need access to, or through a planter bed to conduct an
assigned task, be sure to check with the Grounds Services Supervisor
prior to beginning the task, especially if you are not sure of the
Should you need to work in a planter bed, tread lightly! Remember,
one of the reasons the Flora on Campus is so unique is because many
of the specimens are rare or endangered in the wild.
If you wish to help with our educational and
conservation efforts, please go to the Friends of the Palomar
College Arboretum pages below.
The Palomar College Recycling Program is dedicated to making recycling as easy and convenient as possible for the campus community. By recycling we can protect our planet’s natural resources, improve our health and wellbeing, and even help to stimulate the economy by creating jobs. Our vision is to turn Palomar College into a zero waste campus. Zero waste means eliminating materials used on our campus that end up in the garbage and diverting our “waste” stream into the recycling bin and into products that can be used again and again. We are working toward this goal by implementing the 4 R’s—Reduce,
All requests for services, including recycling, are requested through the Facilities Office.