Out & About San Diego with Jim Frimmer, your Mission Valley Realtor: The Epiphyllum House at the San Diego Wild Animal Park

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About 45 miles north northeast of downtown San Diego is the Wild Animal Park.

San Diego Wild Animal Park

San Diego Wild Animal Park


The Wild Animal Park is part of the Zoological Society of San Diego, which also operates the San Diego Zoo, but at 1,800 acres, the Wild Animal Park is about 18 times larger than the San Diego Zoo.

Many people don't realize that in addition to being world-class zoos, both facilities are also internationally recognized botanical gardens. Together they have over one million plants on about 1,900 acres.

One of the best collections at the Wild Animal Park is the Epiphyllum House.

Epiphyllum House at the Wild Animal Park


All of the plants in the Epiphyllum House have been donated by the San Diego Epiphyllum Society, which also maintains them.

Epiphyllums are native to Central America and are part of the cactus family, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a thorn on these plants. Beautiful, fragrant flowers are not all that epiphyllums have to offer, though, since the fruits are edible.

The Epiphyllum House is closed except when the plants are blooming, which usually begins around April and runs for several months. That, of course, means that mid-May — right now! — is prime viewing time. The common name for epiphyllums is orchid cactus, and you'll understand why when you watch the slide show below.

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Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Jim, One of the things I do miss about living in Southern California is going to the Wild Animal Park.  Your slide show makes me want to go through the Epiphyllum House again. 

I always enjoyed the tram tour, and the gardens, but I think my favorite will always be the gorillas.  They look so intelligent that you almost expect them to start talking. 

May 15, 2010 12:39 PM #1
Judy Jennings
The Green Company - Ashland, MA
Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA

These are beautiful, and they do look like orchids.

May 15, 2010 12:40 PM #2
Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser

Wow, the colors of those flowers are so vivid! I will have to check the park out when I come back for a visit.

Great photos, as usual!


May 15, 2010 12:48 PM #3
Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

Lovely photos as usual Jim.  And the out and about collage is super.  No cactus orchids in Ontario I'm afraid.

May 15, 2010 01:23 PM #4
Liz Flint
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty - Houston, TX
Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066

Hi Jim, the flowers are lovely.  I've never heard of the San Diego Epiphyllum Society, it does good work at the Epiphyllum House.

May 15, 2010 02:39 PM #5
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

I didn't know about the Wild Animal Park.  Now I have to get back to San Diego some time to visit it also.  Thanks for all the infor.

May 15, 2010 02:48 PM #6
Stephanie Reynolds
Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. - Santee, CA
East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408

Your slide show is fantastic! I love plants and flowers. I tried to grow a Plumeria from a stalk, I did everything I was advised to do and I can not get that thing to grow. These look like a fun orchid to grow. Have you tried growing these here? I am thinking I may have to build a greenhouse.....

May 15, 2010 03:59 PM #7
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Dear Jim,

Thanks for another great post about the So Cal local attractions. I love the flowers! It is wonderful that you have so many interesting things to do close to home.


May 16, 2010 06:50 AM #8
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Hi Jim:  Love your slide show and my boys and I went to the Wild Animal Park on Easter Sunday Morning!  It was great weather and the plant people from all of the cacti societies were there with their displays.

May 16, 2010 01:36 PM #9
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Nice post Jim.

May 17, 2010 08:44 AM #10
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Hey, Everyone - Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

I'm trying to catch up on all my blog posts since I've been neglecting the, for good cause, though, since I've been busy.

Since this post is quite old, I won't respond to each and every comment. Rather, I'll read through all the comments and respond to any that have questions or otherwise need a response.

I'll also be by your blog soon to return the favor by reading your posts and leaving comments, too. Do unto others as they have already done unto you. lol

Again, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Make it a great day, a great week, a great month, and finish out 2010 on a natural high!

Jun 08, 2010 03:53 PM #11
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