Alta Vista Gardens is part of Brengle Terrace Park in Vista, CA (in the same general vicinity as Moonlight Amphitheater). I have played tennis on the tennis courts here, I have seen plays at Moonlight, I have even walked through the park, but I have never been to (or noticed) this 13-acre garden. How does something like this happen?
The city bought the property in 1999 but the plans for the botanical garden has been in the works since 1970. It is certified as a butterfly habitat by the National American Butterfly Association and as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Foundation. The non-profit that has leased the land and manages the gardens through volunteers is chemical and pesticide free. But the garden isn’t just about the plants and animals; it also incorporates art throughout the entire area.
This is our first visit but we plan to become members. A $60 family annual membership also includes a Better Homes and Gardens subscription.
We did end up getting rained out, but it didn’t ruin our good time. We hid out for a while in a palapa, but A1 took the lead and decided we were just going to walk in the rain. Rain, gardens, art… what a lovely day!