Is there a more appropriate place to discuss conservation than this Water Conservation Education Garden located at the Estudillo Heritage Park? The motto of the garde is a call to be wise when it comes to keeping any garden. “Keep it water-wise. Keep it beautiful.” This land is subdivided into four zones requiring different irrigation techniques and practices, an example of how California varies from Coast to Mountains.
The Tryptich published by the city of San Jacinto explains that those 4 zones characterize the southern end of the state: Chaparral, Mediterranean, Coastal and Desert. Each one of these zones requires unique criteria to water, based on the degree of tolerance shown by the plants, and wheather they require sun or shade, and how well they can stand extreme temperatures.
In his book Voyage Autour du Monde 1826-1829, the French travel writer Auguste Bernard Duhaut-Cilly wrote about José María Estudillo, in charge of the San Diego Presidio, and first in the line of the Estudillos of California. He had an experimental garden. In in a letter of 1827, to Francisco de Paula, analized by the Historian Catherine McShane, Estudillo told his friend De Paula, a resident of the Sandwich Islands (the old name of Hawaii) he was sending with Duhaut-Cilly “algedrae, mint, balmgentle, borage and rue I have cultivated in my home orchard”. And in the same source Mr. Estudillo is quoted as sending, from Santa Barbara, Rosemary, Olive and Peach Trees.
To read the version published San Jacinto cuenta con un museo viviente que educa para la conservación.
I started working the Western End of Riverside County in 2013. A fascinating local history can only be paired with a burgeoning urban center showing the fastest growth in the entire US since 2012.