Southwestern College

Do you have a few hours twice per month to devote to a section of the South Bay Botanic garden?  If so, then why not find your favorite garden spot in the South Bay Botanic Garden and help us make even better.

Here is how it works:

  1. Visit the garden and find a spot that interests you and that can use a little TLC (tender loving care)
  2. Introduce yourself to either Eddie Munguia (garden manager), Mark Valen (Landscape and Nursery Technology Associate Professor), or Bill Homyak (South Bay Botanic Garden volunteer).   They will help you with determining the best way to Adopt-Your- Plot and how to get started.
  3. If you have a hard time finding anyone, just email Bill Homyak at 
  4. Once you have an area to work on, you can come on out and make that Adopt-A-Plot something special.

Currently, here are the folks that have Adopted-A-Plot:

  • Jeff Sharp - Plumeria Garden
  • Alan Ridley - Pitaya Collection (Dragonfruit)
  • Donna Mallen and the Chula Vista Garden Club - Rose Garden
  • Bill Homyak and Edee Johnson - Orchids and Tropical House
  • Hosana and Sandra - The Gathering Spot

Some Adopt-A-Plots that are still open and need some parents are:

  • Cacti and Succulent Collection
  • Water Gardens and Ponds
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Fruit Tree Care and Pruning
  • Ground Cover Collection
  • Entrance Arbor with Annual and Perennial Color

Just because a plot has already been taken does not mean you can't join up with one of our volunteers.  Just let us know!

For more information or to get some questions answered, email Bill Homyak at

Last updated: 12/4/2016 7:12:43 PM