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San Diegans are invited to celebrate spring with a bloom of activities at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College on Saturday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The College’s Nursery, run by Ornamental Horticulture students, will feature a large selection of ornamental plants, including drought tolerant varieties and the iconic Matilija poppy, or “fried egg plant”. Horticultural demonstrations will highlight the department’s programs throughout the day.


Live performances from local talents include folk music, Eric Runningpath and the Inter-Tribal Dancers, Novamenco, and the percussion movement ensemble, Jr. Crew. Plus, the Water Conservation Garden’s Ms. Smarty Plants® will perform her Magic of Water Show that includes a special guest raptor courtesy of Air Superiority.

County Supervisor, Dianne Jacob, is expected to attend the festival at 10:30am to help the Water Conservation Garden celebrate the grand re-opening of its amphitheater, newly outfitted with a shade structure underwritten in large part by the County of San Diego and the American Academy of Dermatology.

Families will enjoy activities for all ages, including animal attractions by the San Diego Zoo, Kruisin’ Kritters, and Pacific Crest Llamas, plus face painting and kids’ activities booths. Exhibitors will display and sell arts and crafts, gardening-related products, and offer conservation advice, and San Diego water agencies will offer free drawings for a Smart Controller Retrofit, while the Garden’s grand prize drawing is a Home Landscape Re-Design. Lectures, landscape design consultations, tree care advice, and a Master Gardener booth can all be found at the Garden, as can the San Diego Water Color Society, with its annual Paint-out in celebration of water awareness.

The Spring Garden Festival is hosted by Cuyamaca College’s Ornamental Horticulture Department, The Water Conservation Garden and the Heritage of the Americas Museum. Proceeds from the event benefit the educational programs of each event partner.

Admission is free.

Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College Campus
900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon, CA 92019

More details can be found at .

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