Alta Vista Gardens

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The Welcome Garden Obelisk at Alta Vista Gardens

The Alta Vista Botanical Gardens is a botanical garden located in Vista, California.[1] The mission of the Gardens is to "bring together people, nature and art”. The purpose of the garden to provide an interactive living classroom for North San Diego County students.[citation needed]


In November 2005, the gardens' board of directors adopted a new master plan[2] for a collection of themed garden spaces and gathering spots that were to be built on 13 acres of city-owned land at the top of a hill in Brengle Terrace Park. Shortly after, the Vista City Council unanimously approved the plan. Council members called the plan "inspiring" and "magical" and acknowledged that the gardens have been a long-awaited goal of the city. "A lot of dreams went into this", Councilwoman Judy Ritter said after the vote.[3][4] In April 2009, a final plan for Alta Vista Garden’s new Bugs, Birds & Butterflies Children’s garden[5][dead link] was submitted to the Board for approval.[6][7]

Butterfly habitat[edit]

The gardens are a certified Butterfly Habitat. Of special interest to visitors is the incredible array of butterflies that fill the air all over the Gardens. Early on, a conscious effort was made to plant the primary food sources of many different butterfly species. The result, large colonies are making their home at Alta Vista Gardens. Because of all of the Milkweed planted there, The Children's Garden is the home of a Monarch butterfly colony.


  • Australasia Garden
  • Birds, Bugs and Butterflies Children's Garden
    • Jeffrey Stein Children's Music Garden
    • Dino Digs
    • Kite Plaza
    • Totally Tubular
    • Butterfly Teepee
    • Incredible Edibles
    • Lowe's Plaza
  • Jungle Garden
    • Ponds and waterway
    • Unusual Fruit Garden
    • Jungle Shade Garden
    • Sub Tropical Garden
  • Mediterranean Garden
  • Prehistoric and Cycad Garden
  • California Native Garden
  • Arid Garden
    • Oasis in the Desert
    • Medicine Wheel: from Native American tradition
    • Dry Stream Bed
    • Aloe & Agave Collection
    • Opuntia Collection
  • South African Garden
  • Madagascar Garden
  • Pan-Asian Garden
  • Heritage Rose Collection

Art in the Garden[edit]

Alta Vista Garden's mission is to "bring together people, nature and art” Patrice Dunn donated the first sculpture to Alta Vista Gardens the others followed. Below is a list of represented artists in the order that they joined the Garden.

  • Melissa Ralston: ‘Tail Spin’(20090, ‘Blessing Tree’(2010)
  • Charles Bronson: ‘Sea Breeze’ (2009), ‘Born to Run’ (2010)
  • Steve Bundy: ‘Calla Lily’(2009)
  • Anthony Amato: ‘Broken Link’(2009)
  • Lia Strell: ‘A Creative Bloom’(2009); ‘Golden Torsion’(2011)
  • Buddy Smith: Mosaic table top(2009)
  • Mindy Rodman & Paul White: ‘Miro Kite(2010)
  • Benjamin Lavender: ‘Kite of Paradise’(2010)
  • Fritzie Urquhart: ‘The Constellation Tree’(2010)
  • Bryan Morse: ‘Chanson Joyeuse’ patio (Joyous Song) (2010); ‘I Raggi Crescenti di Amore’ patio (expanding rays of love) (2010); 'Three Easter Island Statues' (2012),
  • Robert Rochin: 'Piano Pebble Chime'(2010); 'Baobab Tree'(2014)
  • John Dole: ‘Arborescence’(2011)
  • Morris Squire: ‘Lamed’(2011)
  • Phillip Galshoff: Five whimsical sculptures by artist grace the ‘Sharon Kern Culinary Herb Garden’ 'Chef 'D', 'Shari Chef', 'Penelope Hoop', 'Silly Boy Trey' & 'Flying Chef' (2012)
  • Dan Peragine: ‘Transpersonal’ is located just below the Cycad Garden.(2013)
  • Anne Little: 'Human Sundial' (2014)

See also[edit]


Coordinates: 33°12′36.63″N 117°13′9.82″W / 33.2101750°N 117.2193944°W / 33.2101750; -117.2193944