San Diego’s Poinsettias
Sure, there’s the Poinsettia Bowl on December 23, 2010, in San Diego, but that California football classic has little to do with the holiday flower. To see them, head over to Balboa Park for the poinsettia display in the historic wood lath Botanical Building. It’s open December 3, 2010, through January 5, 2011.
Built for the 1915–16 Exposition, the Botanical Building is one of the largest lath structures in the world. It’s open — free — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Wednesdays. Yes, it’s closed on Thursdays, and on holidays observed by the City of San Diego.
Balboa Park began as 1400 acres of land set aside in 1868 by San Diego civic leaders. Known then as “City Park”, the scrub-filled mesa that overlooked present day downtown sat without formal landscaping or development for more than 20 years.(Today the park’s total land parcel has been reduced to 1,200 acres.) The Botanical Building plantings include more than 2,100 permanent plants, featuring collections of cycads, ferns, orchids, other tropical plants, and palms.
Balboa Park’s main address is 1549 El Prado, San Diego, California. See the map for exact locations of sites within the park. The Botanical Building is found at number 17.
(Photo courtesy of Balboa Park)