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Discover the Plants of Palomar College Walking Tour – June 11, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Discover The Plants of Palomar College Walking Tour

with Tony Rangel
10:00 am – Noon
Met in front of the Howard Brubeck Theater entrance

This tour started in front of the Howard Brubeck Theater, then Mr. Rangel walked the attendees throughout the campus, facilities greenhouse and ended the tour in the Arboretum. Mr. Rangel talked about the great diversity of the plants on campus. He touched on some history of where the plants came from, information about endangered plants, how often plants have been moved or trimmed and the reasons for having such a diverse collection of plants on a community college campus.

Thank you Tony Rangel for his informative and interesting tour of the plants on our campus and Arboretum!

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Members Appreciation Dinner – May 12, 2011

The Friends of the Palomar College Arboretum Annual Members Dinner was held on May 12, 2011 at the Patron’s Friendship Pavilion. Several members were honored for their outstanding contributions to the Arboretum during the past 40 years. Appreciation awards and lifetime memberships were presented to James Robert Kelly, co-founder of the Arboretum; Wayne Armstrong, Life Sciences; Richard Borevitz Irrigation Specialist, Dick Henderson, Cactus & Succulent Horticulturist, and Bill Adams, M.D. The highlight of the evening was James Robert “Bob” Kelly, whose dream of a campus arboretum 40 years ago finally became a reality.

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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.
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Arboretum Beautification Day, April 23, 2011

The 10th Annual Palomar College Arboretum Beautification Day
Photos by Melinda Finn & Elaine Armstrong

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!

Bamboo Lecture & Tour

Photos of the Bamboo Lecture & Tour
“The Truth About Bamboo! Planting Bamboo is Not a Crime.”
with Ralph Evans
Held on Saturday, November 13, 2010
10:00 am to noon
Lecture held in room NS-258, San Marcos Campus

Ralph Evans, owner of Bamboo Headquarters, will demonstrate the selection, planting, and care of Bamboo for local landscapes. Evans has the largest commercial Bamboo Nursery in the U.S. It is located in Vista and San Marcos.  

Subjects include: selection of the right bamboo for your landscape or privacy screen, planting and care information. The PowerPoint presentation was followed by a tour and demonstration in the Palomar Arboretum Bamboo Collection.
Many thanks to Mr. Ralph Evans for his excellent bamboo lecture & tour!

Plant Classification Lecture

Photos of the Plant Classification Lecture
Held on Saturday, August 28, 2010
with Botanist Wayne Armstrong
10:00 am to Noon
Room# NS-258 (Natural Sciences Building – San Marcos Campus)

An introduction to how plants are classified, with particular emphasis on flowering plants (angiosperms).  This two hour lecture will discuss vegetative and reproductive terminology, with a brief introduction to phylogenetic classification using chloroplast DNA.  Several plant families will be used to illustrate some of the taxonomic revisions in the new revised Jepson Manual of California Plants, including Wayne’s favorite group the duckweeds, formerly in the family Lemnaceae, but now placed in the arum family (Araceae).
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Basic Tree Trimming Workshop

Photos of the Basic Tree Trimming Workshop
with Tony Rangel and Todd McGurn
Held on Saturday, July 31, 2010
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Met in front of the Arboretum entrance

This free workshop was intended to educate home owners on the proper trimming techniques for small garden and lawn trees. There was a quick tour of some of the large and unique specimens in the Arboretum. The attendees took a look at the diverse growth habits and growth rates of various trees species, including palms. Proper trimming techniques with respect to growth rates and growth habits, as well as when and why to trim trees was covered. Attendees had a chance to see exactly how to trim and care for different types of trees. A big thank you to Tony and Todd for volunteering their time and expertise.