The Palomar College Gardens

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United States of America - California - San Marcos

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

ArbNet Accredited: Level II

About the The Palomar College Gardens

Palomar Community College District is located in North San Diego County, California. Palomar is one of the largest community colleges in the country, in both geographical area and student population. The student population is over 30,000, throughout the district. The main campus is located in San Marcos on a 252 acre site. In 1973, a 5 acre hillside on the main campus was set aside for an arboretum. Soon thereafter, many trees, palms and bamboos from around the world were planted and labeled, making the arboretum not only an area for the study of Photography, art, communications and physical education students have used the arboretum for class field trips and projects.In 2012 the Palomar Cactus and Succulent Society donated the its collection of more than 3500 speciemens to the campus. This garden is now considered the south pert of the arboretum collection.

Today the Arboretum consist of nearly 10 acres and is considered one of the many gardens at Palomar College. The Friends of the Palomar College Arboretum Committee meets once a month. Usually the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm in room RS-5 on the main San Marcos campus.

Main Address:
The Palomar College Gardens
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos
California 92069-1415 United States of America

Telephone: (760) 744-1150 ext. 2133
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Antonio Rangel
    Curator's Name: Antonio Rangel, President
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 7
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1973
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Latitude: 33.1473120
    Longitude: -117.1852930
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Visitors: 9125
    Number of Volunteers: 2

Plant Collections

  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes