San Diego Botanic Garden to hold several events in July


San Diego Botanic Garden will hold the following events this month:

Sculpture in the Garden

Dedicated to the Memory of Dennis Batt

July 9, 2012 – April 15, 2013

This unique exhibition showcases sculptures from 25 talented artists set against the beautiful backdrop of the Garden’s lush and natural 37 acres. Curator Naomi Nussbaum Art & Design has orchestrated an eclectic exhibition ranging from functional “garden” artwork to large abstract work with an emphasis on diversity of media and scale. Take a self-guided tour with the Garden’s dedicated Sculpture Map. Premier level members will be invited to the opening reception; invitations will be mailed in June. For participating artists visit

Insect Festival

July 14 - 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This one-of-a-kind event features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous “Madagascar hissing cockroaches.” Children can practice bug collecting, hands-on insect arts and crafts, and even taste cooked mealworm larva (in various flavors such as mesquite, teriyaki, and barbeque!). Entomologists and other bug experts will be available for questions and more than 20 informational booths will teach and entertain children and adults alike. Sponsored by the County of San Diego Department of Agriculture Weights and Measures, Lloyd Pest Control, and the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Cost: Free with admission or membership. Free for all children 12 and under.

Native Plants and Native People Trail – Grand Re-Opening

July 21, 2012, 10:30 a.m.

Join the Graden for the Grand Re-Opening of its Native Plants and Native People Trail. This upgrade has been made possible thanks to generous support from The Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation, Rain Bird Corporation, and Edward and Ellen Wong. Enjoy the wonderful native sounds of the flute while exploring the new amenities including an Ewaa, ramada, native plants and more. There will be demonstrations on basketry and refreshments to go around. Children are encouraged to attend, and there will be various native activities for every age. An early special breakfast is planned for donors who have supported this project and premier level members; invitations will be mailed in June. For more information please contact Cheryl Mergenthaler,