The Water Conservation Garden and Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego celebrated their Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival on Saturday April 29th with hundreds in attendance. The pleasant, gardening-inspired event included over 75 artisan, horticulture and food vendors and exhibitors.

Children were encouraged to arrive as their favorite pollinator and were welcomed with a range of engaging activities that included Monarch butterfly releases, face paintings, tours of the Butterfly Pavilion, story time with Ms. Metamorphosis, and a Pollinator Party with Ms. Smarty Plants™.

Plant enthusiasts and other adults explored the garden through free docent led tours and gardening workshops, and signed up for landscape design consultations offered in advance for only $20! In addition to the vendors and children’s activities, dozens of different native, ornamental, and low water use plant species were on sale throughout the day.

This free event, bringing both The Garden and the Cuyamaca campus to full blossom, was put on to celebrate beautiful, low water use and native plants that create habitat for butterflies and other pollinators, which are helpful to our local ecosystems.

The Water Conservation Garden is located at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West in El Cajon and is free to the public 9am to 4pm every day (excluding holidays).

Above: The Water Conservation Garden was packed for the festival.   Below: Helix Boardmember DeAna Verbeke in the bake sale booth.  Bottom: Jennifer Bryant, Helix’s Assistant Director of Administrative Services, and Vince Dambrose, our Water Conservation Technician.