The Ins & Outs of Growing Tomatoes

Saturday, May 21, 2011
The Ins and Outs of Growing Tomatoes
(and other veggies)
with Richard Borevitz
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Patron’s Friendship Pavilion in the Arboretum – San Marcos Campus

The Gardening Guru answered your deepest veggie questions.
Mr. Borevitz concentrated on tomatoes for this lecture. (varieties, disease resistance, pruning, staking, watering, fertilizing and tomato pests)
With a little help, you can be on your way to a beginning in growing many of your own vegetable crops.

Mr. Borevitz is the owner/operator of Gourmet Gardens for over 16+ years and a seed distributor for over 30 years.
Owner of Agricultural Irrigation Systems, Inc for 33 years.
Richard Borevitz:


Discover San Marcos Trails Tour


Discovery San Marcos Trails Tour
Saturday, February 5, 2011 – 9:30 am

The Friends of San Marcos Parks and Trails group organized an easy, 3-mile hike that was lead through the Palomar College Arboretum. The hike to the Arboretum was led by Director Susan LaJoie.

Wayne Armstrong and Tony Rangel gave the hikers a short tour of the Arboretum and the Cactus and Succulent Garden.
There were about 25 to 30 hikers.

Annual Fall Plant Sale

Annual Fall Plant Sale Photos
Held on Thursday, October 7, 2010
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Great selection of bamboo, courtesy of Bamboo Headquarters  

Discovery Island Palms sold palms and cycads 
Proceeds went to  the care and feeding of our beautiful Palomar College Arboretum.
Thank you to those who  supported our fundraiser!

Eagle Scout Refurbishes Arboretum Benches

SAN MARCOS (July 15, 2010) – Visitors to the Palomar College Arboretum can rest on newly refurbished benches thanks to an enterprising young man who found a way to give back to Palomar College through his Eagle Scout project.

Eagle Scout and San Marcos resident Daniel Coles was honored at the College’s July 13 Governing Board meeting for his contribution to the improvement of the Arboretum. Trustee Darrell McMullen praised Daniel for the work he did refurbishing and repainting 22 benches and said that Daniel will be receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Palomar College for his efforts.

Daniel learned of the opportunity to refurbish the Arboretum benches through his Scout Master, Palomar History Professor Emeritus Pat Archer, who has previously served on the Arboretum board. Daniel said that this project took on special meaning when he learned that Archer’s sons had installed two of the Arboretum benches in the 1970s. He now was able to restore those same benches along with several others.

Rick Kratcoski, then Palomar’s supervisor of Grounds Services and former president of the Friends of the Palomar College Arboretum, helped Daniel identify the benches in need of repair. Daniel assessed the condition of each bench to determine the scope of the project, assembled a team of workers, and began fundraising. He raised more than $300 and also received materials donations from Lowes and from Palomar College. A professional painter donated the use of his paint sprayer for the project.

The project required more than 240 hours of labor and resulted in 22 benches being refurbished, repainted and in some cases completely rebuilt. In addition, Daniel worked with the Palomar College woodshop to install three more benches into a new area of the Arboretum.

Daniel said that his decision to choose this project was influenced by the positive experience he had when he attended Palomar College during high school, along with his plans to attend Palomar’s firefighter/EMT program starting this fall semester.

“It was a pleasure working with everyone from Palomar and it was nice to give back to the community,” he said.

by: Melinda Finn, Palomar College Public Affairs Office  760-744-1150, ext. 2365

Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Donation

Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Donation
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Photos taken by Melinda Finn

Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Donation









Tony Rangel reading the certificate inscription to the Palomar College Governing Board Members.

Tony Rangel, President of the Friends of the Palomar College Arboretum and Richard Talmo, Palomar College Director of Development/Executive Director for the Foundation.  addressed the Governing Board Members on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 to acknowledge the large cactus and succulent collections donated by Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society. A total cash value was estimated at $435,530.00.

There will also be a plaque placed in the Cactus and Succulent Garden with the same information as the certificate of appreciation.

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Palomar Cactus and Succulent Garden was designed and planted by the founding members of the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society:

Mitch Beauchamp, Al Chamberlain, Allis De Rege, Gilbert Garcia, Mildred Gregory, Alfred Hansen, Mrs. Augusta Hansen, Charles F. Harbison,  Helen Hegyi, Orie Imes, Dorothy Miller, Elmer Peterson, and  Fred Servatius.

Their efforts will be forever appreciated.

The Garden was funded, maintained and expanded for 49 years under the supervision of dedicated PCSS members who served as managers and organized member volunteer workdays. Among those managers we thank:  Art Holden, Katie Macdonald, Al Resnick, Betty Wollrich and Garden Manager Richard Henderson who has dedicated 15 years of service to the garden since 1997.

The thousands of specimens contained within the garden were donated by the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society in 2011.  We hope that the garden will continue to expand and flourish for students, staff, faculty and the public to enjoy for many years to come.

Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Donation









Palomar College Superintendent/President Robert Deegan congratulating Peter Walkowiak. Mr. Walkowiak is President of the Cactus and Succulent Society.

Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Donation








Robert Deegan, Tony Rangel, Peter Walkowiak and Governing Board President, Darrell McMullen

Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Donation








Robert Deegan, Tony Rangel, Peter Walkowiak and Darrell McMullen






2006 Arboretum Beautification Day

2006 Arboretum Beautification Day
Held on Saturday, April 29th
Hosted by Cabinet & Furniture Technology
In celebration of Arbor Day
and the 60th Anniversary of Palomar College