Colors of summer at Plumeria Show and Sale!

The Southern California Plumeria Society’s 20th Annual Hawaiian Plumeria Festival took place this weekend in Balboa Park!

The festival’s popular flower show and plant sale attracted a huge crowd to the Casa del Prado and its outdoor courtyard. There were many plumeria plants to choose from, plus friendly advice from experts on how to grow them in our soil and climate. Not to mention colorful artwork to purchase, and food and entertainment!

I walked through the event today and took some photos…

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Early winter color in a Japanese garden.

It’s early winter here in Southern California. Most trees are shedding their leaves at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, but many colorful branches still show a vivid beauty.

I took a slow walk through the Lower Garden this afternoon. Bright yellows and oranges attracted my camera. Here are some photos of early winter beauty in one of San Diego’s most amazing places, the Japanese Friendship Garden.

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Master Gardeners of San Diego in Balboa Park.

An exhibition for garden novices as well as green thumbs at the San Diego Master Gardeners Fall Plant Sale.
An exhibition for garden novices as well as green thumbs at the San Diego Master Gardeners Fall Plant Sale in Balboa Park.

The Master Gardeners of San Diego held their annual Fall Plant Sale today. The event took place at the Casa del Prado in Balboa Park, and included a number of educational displays in one of the building’s two courtyards.

I wandered about, spoke to some participants, and learned a whole lot about gardening in Southern California. Click on the photographs of posters to read them! You’ll find lots of useful information!

The Master Gardener Association of San Diego County had educational displays in the exterior courtyard of Balboa Park's Casa del Prado.
The Master Gardener Association of San Diego County had educational displays in the exterior courtyard of Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado.
Numerous posters provided helpful information about gardening, particularly in Southern California.
Numerous posters provided helpful information about gardening, particularly in Southern California.
The Master Gardener's unique School Garden Program assists teachers in starting and maintaining gardens at San Diego schools.
The Master Gardener’s unique School Garden Program assists teachers in starting and maintaining gardens at San Diego schools.
In San Diego, plants native to Southern California require less water, fertilizer, pesticides and work. They provide wildlife with their natural habitat.
In San Diego, plants native to Southern California require less water, fertilizer, pesticides and work. They provide wildlife with their natural habitat.
People at the Master Gardener's Fall Plant Sale learn how to easily propagate certain plants.
People at the Master Gardener’s Fall Plant Sale learn how to easily propagate certain plants.
Pests in a garden include aphids, hornworms and brown snails. Friends include lady beetles, spiders and green lacewings.
Pests in a garden include aphids, hornworms and brown snails. Friends include lady beetles, spiders and green lacewings.
Butterflies have beautiful wings of wonder. Several types of butterfly can be spotted around San Diego.
Butterflies have beautiful wings of wonder. Several types of butterfly can be spotted around San Diego.
Curious eyes regard a small caterpillar.
Curious eyes regard a small caterpillar.
Artwork produced by young hands at San Diego's Girls' Rehabilitation Facility, where there is a community garden maintained by youth who benefit from a very positive activity.
Artwork produced by young hands at San Diego’s Juvenile Hall. ┬áThe Girls’ Rehabilitation Facility has a community garden maintained by youth who benefit from a very positive activity.
Fun, creative birdhouses await a new home at the San Diego Master Gardener's Fall Plant Sale.
Fun, creative birdhouses await a new home at the San Diego Master Gardener’s Fall Plant Sale.
Plants for sale everywhere! So much to see, and to learn!
Plants for sale everywhere! So much to see, and to learn!

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