“Edwin & Frances Hunter Arboretum at Palomar College Trails Improvement” Saturday, March 15, 2019 2:00 PM Groundbreaking Ceremony
Palomar College 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA 92069 Please join us in the Arboretum. RSVP to (760) 744-1150 ext. 2956 or email reply to email@example.com
Palomar College will break ground on a long-awaited project to improve the Edwin & Frances Hunter Arboretum, a public nature preserve on the eastern edge of the San Marcos campus. Funded by Prop. M, the improvements will include a new entrance, irrigation upgrades and renovation, and trails conversion for ADA compliance in the lower portion of the arboretum, which includes the Palm and Bamboo collections, the Hubble Sculpture area, and all the primitive plant collections.
The nine-acre arboretum was founded in 1973, and in 2015 was renamed for Edwin and Frances Hunter with the establishment of a $500,000 endowment, donated to the Palomar College Foundation by Hunter Industries and the Hunter family. The Hunters were long-time Palomar College benefactors and are well-known business leaders in North County. The arboretum is ordinarily open to the public, but will be closed for the duration of the improvement project.
The groundbreaking ceremony will conclude with photo opportunities with Palomar College administrators and distinguished guest speakers as well as VIP attendees. Tours and refreshments will follow the ceremony.
The Kingdom Fungi
with Steve Farrar, Horticulturist
Held on Saturday, September 17, 2011
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
San Marcos Campus in Room NS-259
Thank you to Steve Farrar for his interesting and informative lecture about mushrooms. Thank you for volunteering your time and presenting an excellent lecture.
Mr. Farrar has almost 30 years of experience in various aspects of the mushroom industry
including mushroom farm design, construction and startup; mushroom cultivation equipment
sales, cultivation of culinary mushrooms (Oyster, King Trumpet, Shiitake, Maitake, Enoki,
Shimeji), cultivation of medicinal mushrooms (Cordyceps, Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Turkey Tail, etc) for dietary supplement products; and the utilization of spent mushroom compost.
Great lecture about the remarkable kingdom of life touching upon fungal biology and life cycles, mushroom cultivation technologies, fungal biotechnology, culinary mushrooms, medicinal mushrooms, mushroom nutrition and the health benefits of mushrooms.
Cactus and Succulent Care Workshop
with Dick Henderson, Garden Manager
June 4, 2011
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The cactus and succulent garden, located at Comet Circle Drive and Mission Road, offers about 3,000 varieties of plants from around the world. The workshop will include a tour of the garden, a discussion of the use and history of the plants and the basics of succulent plant care. Particapants were given cuttings of “easy to grow” succulents and they potted them to take home.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Discover The Plants of Palomar College Walking Tour
with Tony Rangel
10:00 am – Noon
Met in front of the Howard Brubeck Theater entrance
This tour started in front of the Howard Brubeck Theater, then Mr. Rangel walked the attendees throughout the campus, facilities greenhouse and ended the tour in the Arboretum. Mr. Rangel talked about the great diversity of the plants on campus. He touched on some history of where the plants came from, information about endangered plants, how often plants have been moved or trimmed and the reasons for having such a diverse collection of plants on a community college campus.
Thank you Tony Rangel for his informative and interesting tour of the plants on our campus and Arboretum!
The Friends of the Palomar College Arboretum Annual Members Dinner was held on May 12, 2011 at the Patron’s Friendship Pavilion. Several members were honored for their outstanding contributions to the Arboretum during the past 40 years. Appreciation awards and lifetime memberships were presented to James Robert Kelly, co-founder of the Arboretum; Wayne Armstrong, Life Sciences; Richard Borevitz Irrigation Specialist, Dick Henderson, Cactus & Succulent Horticulturist, and Bill Adams, M.D. The highlight of the evening was James Robert “Bob” Kelly, whose dream of a campus arboretum 40 years ago finally became a reality.