Paradise Hills Native Garden
In 2017 a group of Southeastern San Diego community members began advocating for improving the covered landfill at Paradise Hills Community Park with a native plant demonstration garden. The proposal was met enthusiastically by the City of San Diego, but no funds were available.
So we founded Paradise Gardeners, a California Garden Clubs, Inc. club to apply for grants and obtain tax deductible funds to make it happen.
In 2020, we began the project, to be completed by local community volunteers and allied groups. We have received several grants, and are continuing to apply for more throughout the project.
We need more volunteers for weeding, mulching, planting and planning – please contact us if you’re interested in this project. Your membership and donations are also vital to the garden’s success!
Phase One-Fall 2020
We will begin work on the Pollinator Garden, including a kiosk so visitors can stop and learn about our native plants and their pollinators. We will place benches so you may enjoy the beautiful birds and butterflies that come to the native plants.
Phase Two-Early Winter 2021
The pollinator garden will continue with another set of benches.
Phase Three-Fall 2021
An Ethnobotany Garden will be installed to share information about the Kumeyaay Nation that lived in, and traveled about, our area. The plantings in this area will share the many ways the Kumeyaay used the plants for materials, food and medicine.
Phase Four-Early Winter 2022
This phase will be native plants that may be used for residential landscaping to create drought resistance in home landscape design. There will be a kiosk that shares the history of the Paradise Hills area from prehistoric epochs to European arrivals and the first U.S. settlers from the east coast.
Project Completion Date- April-May 2022