In front of a small grove of lemon trees, beside the tracks of the Orange Line Trolley, weighing 3000 pounds, is quite possibly the largest lemon in the world. It announces to passersby that they are in Lemon Grove, the city with the "best climate in the world" according to the city motto. The motto is engraved on the statue's base.
Alberto Treganza, a local architect, designed the ten feet long, six feet wide lemon. It was created as part of a parade float for the July 4, 1928, Fiesta de San Diego parade, featuring the sculptor's daughter, 16-year-old Amorita Treganza as the first Miss Lemon Grove. The big lemon was plastered in 1930 and placed on the statue base at 3361 Main Street.
Tourists visiting the San Diego area will not want to miss the rich variety of Balboa Park, home of the Old Globe Theatre, the Botanical Gardens, Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, Japanese Friendship Gardens, The Cactus Garden, Model Railroad Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the Spanish Village Art Center, the San Diego Natural History Museum, Casa del Prado, and much more. Balboa Park has been the site of two World Fairs. Tours are available, and information online and at the Balboa Park Visitor Center (the House of Hospitality) will help visitors prioritize their park itinerary.
San Diego Zoo
At Balboa Park, you will encounter the famous San Diego Zoo. This tropical retreat was founded in 2016 and has delighted visitors and locals of Southern California for over 100 years. The Australian Outback area entertains spectators with a community of 24 koalas. In the Panda Trek, jumbo pandas roam, along with other animals native to a bamboo forest setting. Other habitats feature tigers, Asian leopards, gorillas, bears, eagles and a plethora of colorful birds.
The San Diego Zoo also features a Children's Zoo designed especially for the little ones. Displays and viewing areas tend to be set lower for better visibility. A playground gives the children a place to unwind, and the petting zoo allows children (and adults) to come close and pet the goats and sheep. Near the polar bear habit, there is a mini playground with a small cave and climbing statues. Time out of the strollers can make for a more peaceful experience.
The Botanical Building and Lily Pond
The artistic excellence of the Botanical Building makes it one of the most photographed places in San Diego. The building was in the planning process while San Diego was preparing for the Panama California Exposition of 1915. A lath house design was recommended by Alfred D. Robinson, the President (and founder) of the San Diego Floral Society. Partners in designing the building included Fred P. Allen, Jr., Thomas Hunter, and Carlton Winslow.
The building front has a central arcade with triple arches next to Persian-type domes over each entrance. It has been dubbed "The Lath Palace" by visitors to the exposition that opened on December 31, 1915. The building has a steel frame covered by an estimated 12 miles of redwood slats. During the two-year-long exposition, the abundance of extraordinary exotic foliage in the open-air lath-house building established San Diego's reputation as a showcase of ornamental-style horticulture.
The exquisite lily pond enhances and reflects many of the 1,200 varieties of flowering and tropical plants that surround the horticultural sanctuary. Orchids have been highly acclaimed as a favorite of locals and tourists who visit the Botanical Building daily.
Home of the San Diego Padres, the ballpark was chosen by USA Today as the #1 stadium in 2016. It combines superior sightlines, originality of exterior structure, first-class amenities, spectacular scenery, equitable climate, and exquisite landscaping. Before and after the game, fans can find fine dining at nearby restaurants and bars or visit Seaport Village, Waterfront Park or the Convention Center.
Lemon Grove has all the above and so much more. Beaches, lakes, parks, museums, walking trails, farmers' markets, and a lighthouse at Old Point Loma offer more leisure time delight. Residents of Lemon Grove and the San Diego County area appreciate the beauty of their city and region. They also take pride in maintaining their homes (inside and out). Help is available in matching their lawn care with the wonderful climate of Lemon Grove/San Diego. Contact the experts at Lawn Love for a free quote today.