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San Diego Military Veterans Volunteer at Garden As Part of National Service Project

September 12, 2015 (El Cajon)--The Water Conservation Garden proudly hosted more than a dozen military veterans from The Mission Continues as part of a national veterans service day on September 11. The volunteers planted trees in one of The Garden’s newest exhibits, the Native Habitat Garden.

“There are 54 Mission Continues chapters across the U.S., and the goal is to look for non-profit organizations who can benefit from our help while helping veterans reconnect with their community,” said The Mission Continues San Diego 1st Service Platoon Leader Roxana Mejia. “The San Diego Platoon is focused on Urban Agriculture & Green Spaces, and this year selected The Water Conservation Garden as a beneficiary of the work.”

The Mission Continues is a nationwide organization that helps veterans transition from active duty to civilian life, encouraging them serve their community in new ways. They conduct numerous service projects throughout the year on that focus in pertinent areas such as homelessness, environmental stewardship and at risk youth. 

“We are thrilled to have the help of such distinguished volunteers at The Garden, particularly on September 11,” said Water Conservation Garden Executive Director John Bolthouse. “The Garden’s exhibits are sustained by volunteers, and we can think of no better way to honor the memory of September 11 than planting and enriching our community.”

The Water Conservation Garden is a 6-acre exhibition garden that showcases water-wise and drought-tolerant plants. For more information, please visit For more information about The Mission Continues, please visit

About the Water Conservation Garden

Opened in 1999, the Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting water conservation in the landscape, and the sustainable use of related natural resources, through excellent exhibits and programs that educate and inspire the public. The Garden is supported in part by member water agencies, garden partnerships and private donations. For more information, please visit




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