Native Plant Garden

Reasons to give to the San Diego Archaeological Center on #GivingTuesday:

1. Your contribution will go toward the Center’s wonderfully reimagined (and expanded!) Native Plant Garden.
The garden will be filled with plants indigenous to the region, such as Desert Mallow, Matalija Poppies, Toyon, and Chalk Live Forever. One of the most important features is an irrigation system specifically designed to conserve water. Pathways, benches, and interpretive elements will make the garden a welcoming landscape for all to enjoy!

2. Not only are we creating a garden, we are supporting an ecosystem.
Our guests often comment on the different types of birds that they’ve spotted during their visit to the Center. Birds like Anna’s Hummingbird often refuel from the bird feeders found on the building’s perimeter. Bees are on the endangered list, however, they have found a home in a Pepper tree on the Center’s grounds. They happily pollinate the native plants around the Center. New features to the garden will include a pond where animals can drink, bird feeders, bird and reptile baths, and bat houses. We aim to keep their communities alive and thriving. We aim to keep their communities alive and thriving.

3. The Native Plant Garden will become a new educational component of the museum.
With the creation of an external learning space, we will design an outdoor classroom that allows us to collaborate, interact, and communicate with our audience. The garden will be used to teach the cultural significance behind the plants, water and energy conservation, and caring for the natural landscape in San Pasqual Valley and, in general, San Diego County. With the implementation of our tour web app, visitors will be able to take an educational and fun walking tour of our garden.

4. The Native Plant Garden will create diverse opportunities for the San Diego Archaeological Center.
The garden will provide the potential for:
– partnerships with local and state organizations focused on preservation new funding opportunities
– corporate sponsorship or in-kind support from nearby native plant nurseries
– education programs and interpretive content to convert the garden into an outdoor classroom
– use of the SDAC library for reference materials on native plants