Zoro Garden in Balboa Park
The Zoro Garden is a butterfly garden in Balboa Park. You enter this unique garden by descending a series of cobblestone stairs and maze-like paths. This sunken garden is hard to spot and you can easily pass it if you didn't know were it was. More Photo
This hideaway is home to Monarch, Sulfurs, Skippers, and Swallowtail butterflies. The plants growing here support the different stages of a butterfly's life cycle: leaves for the caterpillars and flowers for the butterflies.
With filtered sunlight, this wrap-around garden is quiet, calm and peaceful. This was not always the case...
In 1935, for the Pacific International Exposition, a nudist colony chose to have their exhibition in this garden. Visitors paid to enter and watch the young women frolic and enjoy the fresh air. The leader was a lady named Queen Zorine; the Garden is named in her honor.
Shown on the right is the cover of the official ZoroGardens Program from 1935; another photo here. There is also a famous photo of Queen Zorine being captured by Alpha, a robot which is also on exhibit at Balboa Park.
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