Southwestern College

“A garden area designed for college and public events”

The Gathering Spot, located at the South Bay Botanic Garden at Southwestern College, is a beautifully landscaped area designed for smaller college and public events.  With multi-tiered lawns, sitting walls, a covered deck, BBQ, and sustainable features such as permeable pavers, this location is a wonderful setting for outdoor public activities.  Dedicated to Dr. Bill Nelson, the former owner of Pacific Tree Farms in Bonita and a donor of many of the trees you see growing at the South Bay Botanic Garden.

This garden area evolved over a 30-year period from 1981.  However it became too small and inadequate to handle many college events.  A redesign initiated in 2013 by students in the Landscape Architecture program resulted in multiple concepts and plans. Once the final design was selected (created by Landscape Architecture student Onie Hadloc), construction began in the summer of 2014.  By using donations, student lab learning experiences, volunteer work, and squeezing out funds from college supply budgets, the project completed in the Fall 2015.

Those wishing to use the Gathering Spot for an event must make advanced reservations by contacting the Facilities Office at Southwestern College.  Enjoy!

 Acknowledgements and Thanks!:

Dedicated to:

  • Dr. Bill Nelson – Owner of Pacific Tree Farms and long time advisory member of the Landscape and Nursery Technology program.

Designed by:

  • Landscape Architecture degree student – Onie Hadloc
  • Landscape Architecture program instructor – Michelle Landis

Donated and Discounted Landscape Materials provided by:

  • Belgard Pavers – Seth Seaton  - Sidewalk pavers
  • Pool Company? – Fill soil
  • RCP Block and Brick – Retaining wall blocks
  • South Bay Botanic Garden - delivery of pavers

Constructed by students of the following Landscape and Nursery Technology classes:

  • Landscape Construction 2013, 2014, 2015 – Instructor: Micheal Watts
  • Plant and Horticultural Science – Instructor:  Leah Rottke
  • Turf Management – Instructor: Bill Homyak

Plants propagated and grown by LNT Nursery student worker:

  • Michelle Kriz

Project overseen and also countless labor hours provided by:

  • Eddie Munguia – Horticulture Field Site Lab Assistant

Volunteer hours provided by:

  • South Bay Botanic Garden volunteers
  • LNT Students and Staff


Last updated: 3/8/2016 9:08:46 PM