Alcazar Garden of Balboa Park

Alcazar Garden
The Alcazar Garden is a beautiful flower garden
located in the west side of Balboa Park.

Back in 1915, this garden was originally called Los Jardines de Montezuma (Montezuma Garden). In 1935, architect Richard Requa modified the garden by adding two delightful water fountains and eight tile benches. The garden was renamed "Alcazar" because it was modeled after the courtyard of the Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain.

Alcazar Garden

The two water fountains were made with distinctive green, yellow, and turquoise tiles. By 2005, seventy years later, the Moorish tiles were beginning to show their age. Tiles were cracked, chipped, and had chunks missing. With $50,000 in donations, the Committee of One Hundred replaced the damaged tiles and renovated the water fountains to their original grace and glory.

Throughout the year, this garden is in bloom with over 7,000 annuals. You will find flowers of different varieties and colors: chrysanthemums, delphiniums, pansies, begonias, calendula, dahlias and poppies. Alcazar Garden

Alcazar Garden Shrubs are manicured into boxy borders (boxwood hedges) giving the garden defined, if not geometric, lines.

The pergola (framework with climbing plants) on the west end of the garden is a pleasant, shady place to rest and enjoy the view.

You can also settle upon one of the tile benches surrounding the water fountains. You may find the sound of trickling water soothing.

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This garden is not terribly big and it is wide open so you can, in principle, see everything in 5 minutes. However, you can also choose to take your time: sit and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this Spanish style garden.

Location, Price. Hours of Operation

Alcazar Garden
Balboa Park (map location 33)

The Alcazar Garden is in the House of Charm between the Mingei International Museum and the San Diego Art Institute: Museum of the Living Artist.

Open daily from 10 am to dusk.
Price: free