As you may know, one of my favorite spots in all of San Diego is Balboa Park, a hub of natural beauty and history for the city. While the park houses almost 20 different gardens (including Palm Canyon, which I wrote about a few weeks ago), I think I discovered my absolutely favorite: Alcazar Garden, a lovely Spanish-style garden located just across from the Old Globe Theatre.
According to Balboa Park’s website, the garden is patterned after the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain.
“It is known for its ornate fountains, exquisite turquoise blue, yellow, and green Moorish tiles and shady pergola. This formal garden, bordered by boxwood hedges, is planted with 7,000 annuals for a vibrant display of color throughout the year. The garden has been reconstructed to replicate the 1935 design by San Diego architect Richard Requa.”
With the inherently Spanish style and vibrant colored tiles, the park recalls images of Park Guell in Barcelona. On the day we visited, Mike and I just kind of sat there peacefully for almost twenty minutes– until a couple right next to us started playing salsa music and dancing… It was kind of perfect.
The park is also an ideal backdrop for portrait-taking (yet another new venture for trying out my new camera). Some of the ones below may look familiar 🙂
Visit Alcazar Garden at Balboa Park here: