Old Cactus, Garden

A Few Cactus In Front
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The Balboa Park Club external link building was first constructed for the 1915 exposition. It was in the Spanish classic style and its front was decorated with small cactus. One of the main features of this building was its approximately 13,000 square feet of unobstructed wood dance floor.


Old Cactus Garden, established 1935   •  Located behind the Balboa Park Club   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 9 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:05:29 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0177
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The Garden Behind
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The Old Cactus Garden was located behind the Balboa Park Club building. A small road with parking went behind the building and the garden was just beyond that road.


Old Cactus Garden, established 1935   •  Located behind the Balboa Park Club   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 9 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:06:17 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0180
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Old Cactus
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The "Old" in "Old Cactus Garden" refers to the cactus. Planted in 1935, these cactus have been growing for over three-quarters of a century. These were specimens that bordered the roadway.


Old Cactus Garden, established 1935   •  Located behind the Balboa Park Club   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 9 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:07:07 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0183
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Mature Garden
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Paths in this garden led by many tall and large cacti. All the specimens appeared mature and well maintained.


Old Cactus Garden, established 1935   •  Located behind the Balboa Park Club   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 9 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:07:49 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0185
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Dramatic Trees
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The garden had many large dramatic cactus trees. The best time to see the garden is in the early morning or near sunset. The garden is always open.


Old Cactus Garden, established 1935   •  Located behind the Balboa Park Club   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 9 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:08:09 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0186
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Picnic Area
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Behind the Balboa Park Club was a little-used picnic area. With the cactus garden on one side and the Balboa Park Club building on the other side, this picnic area was a scenic and restful place to stop.


Old Cactus Garden, established 1935   •  Located behind the Balboa Park Club   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 9 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:10:08 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0190
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Old Fireplace
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An old fireplace bordered the garden. Built for the 1915 exposition, this once functioned as a barbecue. It was now falling into disrepair.


Old Cactus Garden, established 1935   •  Located behind the Balboa Park Club   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 9 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:10:26 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0191
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Close Cactus
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No tour of a cactus garden would be complete without at least one close-up of a cactus.


Old Cactus Garden, established 1935   •  Located behind the Balboa Park Club   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 9 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:13:38 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0196
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