San Diego Hometown Tourist: Botanical Building Balboa Park

Orchid and Butterfly

Today I did a “hometown tourist” day and visited the Botanical Building in Balboa Park.  My intention on going to Balboa Park was to take photos of the arches, bridges, and architecture.  Well…afterwards I ventured over to the Botanical Building.  What an experience!!  I was soooo snap happy with my camera.  No wonder it’s one of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park and a “must-see” destination in San Diego.

Built for the 1915-16 Exposition, along with the adjacent Lily Pond, the historic building is one of the largest lath structures in the world. The Botanical Building plantings include more than 2,100 permanent plants, featuring fascinating collections of cycads, ferns, orchids, other tropical plants, and palms. The Botanical Building also presents some of the Park’s vibrant seasonal flower displays.

Check out the slideshow “Flowers on Parade”.

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About Terri Lundberg

Terri Lundberg is an American expat currently residing with her husband in Saudi Arabia, but she calls Seattle and San Diego home. She’s a travel writer, an avid photographer and is a resource and cross cultural trainer to expats relocating to Saudi Arabia. She's been to 100 destinations, 26 countries, and counting.