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Edwin & Frances Hunter Arboretum Groundbreaking Ceremony

“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

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.

Map Groundbreaking

California Native Plants – Feb. 25, 2012

“California Native Plants”
with Wayne Armstrong

Held on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Room NS-139

After the lecture Ed Schwind hosted a California Native Plant Sale.
Thank you to both Wayne and Ed for your time and expertise.

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Annual Plant Sale – October 6, 2011

Annual Plant Sale
Held on Thursday, October 6, 2011
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Donations courtesy of:
Bamboo Headquarters
Exotica Nursery
Green Thumb Nursery
Tropic World Nursery
The Return of the Native with Ed Schwinn
(Ed is a vendor at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market at the Vista Courthouse)
Thank you very much to our wonderful donors!

Proceeds go for the care and feeding of our beautiful Palomar College Arboretum.
Thank you for supporting our fundraiser!

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The Kingdom Fungi – September 17, 2011

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.

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Steven Farrar being interviewed by Dr. Mercola:
These video interviews are in 5 parts.

Cactus & Succulent Care Workshop – June 4, 2011

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.

See pictures of the day.  CactusSucculentWorkshop2011 (pdf file)