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2010 Cactus and Succulent Care Workshop

Photos of the Cactus and Succulent Care Workshop
with Dick Henderson, Garden Manager

Held on Saturday, June 5, 2010
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Met in front of the Cactus Garden Gate (Comet Circle Entrance)
The workshop was free to the public.

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 included a tour of the garden, a discussion of the use and history of the plants and the basics of succulent plant care. Participants took cuttings of “easy to grow” succulents, pot them, and took their plants home with them. For more information call: Mr. Henderson at (760) 480-4181

Cactus and Succulent Garden Event

April 24, 2010
Photos by Vicki Broughton

2006 Arboretum Beautification Day Event

Saturday, April 29th
In celebration of Arbor Day and the 60th Anniversity of Palomar College
Hosted by the Cabinet & Furniture Techology and the Friends of the Palomar College Arboretum.

2007 Palomar College Arboretum Beautification Day Event

Palomar College Arboretum Beautification Day Event – April 21, 2007
Photos taken by Rick Kratcoski

Eagle Scout Refurbishes Arboretum Benches

SAN MARCOS (July 15, 2010) – Visitors to the Palomar College Arboretum can rest on newly refurbished benches thanks to an enterprising young man who found a way to give back to Palomar College through his Eagle Scout project.

Eagle Scout and San Marcos resident Daniel Coles was honored at the College’s July 13 Governing Board meeting for his contribution to the improvement of the Arboretum. Trustee Darrell McMullen praised Daniel for the work he did refurbishing and repainting 22 benches and said that Daniel will be receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Palomar College for his efforts.

Daniel learned of the opportunity to refurbish the Arboretum benches through his Scout Master, Palomar History Professor Emeritus Pat Archer, who has previously served on the Arboretum board. Daniel said that this project took on special meaning when he learned that Archer’s sons had installed two of the Arboretum benches in the 1970s. He now was able to restore those same benches along with several others.

Rick Kratcoski, then Palomar’s supervisor of Grounds Services and former president of the Friends of the Palomar College Arboretum, helped Daniel identify the benches in need of repair. Daniel assessed the condition of each bench to determine the scope of the project, assembled a team of workers, and began fundraising. He raised more than $300 and also received materials donations from Lowes and from Palomar College. A professional painter donated the use of his paint sprayer for the project.

The project required more than 240 hours of labor and resulted in 22 benches being refurbished, repainted and in some cases completely rebuilt. In addition, Daniel worked with the Palomar College woodshop to install three more benches into a new area of the Arboretum.

Daniel said that his decision to choose this project was influenced by the positive experience he had when he attended Palomar College during high school, along with his plans to attend Palomar’s firefighter/EMT program starting this fall semester.

“It was a pleasure working with everyone from Palomar and it was nice to give back to the community,” he said.

by: Melinda Finn, Palomar College Public Affairs Office  760-744-1150, ext. 2365

Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Donation

Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Donation
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Photos taken by Melinda Finn

Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Donation









Tony Rangel reading the certificate inscription to the Palomar College Governing Board Members.

Tony Rangel, President of the Friends of the Palomar College Arboretum and Richard Talmo, Palomar College Director of Development/Executive Director for the Foundation.  addressed the Governing Board Members on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 to acknowledge the large cactus and succulent collections donated by Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society. A total cash value was estimated at $435,530.00.

There will also be a plaque placed in the Cactus and Succulent Garden with the same information as the certificate of appreciation.

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Palomar Cactus and Succulent Garden was designed and planted by the founding members of the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society:

Mitch Beauchamp, Al Chamberlain, Allis De Rege, Gilbert Garcia, Mildred Gregory, Alfred Hansen, Mrs. Augusta Hansen, Charles F. Harbison,  Helen Hegyi, Orie Imes, Dorothy Miller, Elmer Peterson, and  Fred Servatius.

Their efforts will be forever appreciated.

The Garden was funded, maintained and expanded for 49 years under the supervision of dedicated PCSS members who served as managers and organized member volunteer workdays. Among those managers we thank:  Art Holden, Katie Macdonald, Al Resnick, Betty Wollrich and Garden Manager Richard Henderson who has dedicated 15 years of service to the garden since 1997.

The thousands of specimens contained within the garden were donated by the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society in 2011.  We hope that the garden will continue to expand and flourish for students, staff, faculty and the public to enjoy for many years to come.

Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Donation









Palomar College Superintendent/President Robert Deegan congratulating Peter Walkowiak. Mr. Walkowiak is President of the Cactus and Succulent Society.

Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Donation








Robert Deegan, Tony Rangel, Peter Walkowiak and Governing Board President, Darrell McMullen

Cactus & Succulent Society Plant Donation








Robert Deegan, Tony Rangel, Peter Walkowiak and Darrell McMullen






2006 Arboretum Beautification Day

2006 Arboretum Beautification Day
Held on Saturday, April 29th
Hosted by Cabinet & Furniture Technology
In celebration of Arbor Day
and the 60th Anniversary of Palomar College

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