Cuyamaca College Plant Nursery


For Spring 2023, the OH nursery is open Mondays through Friday, from 9am - 4pm.


Nursery Phone

(619) 660-4573

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival

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History of Festival

The Spring Garden Festival began in 1993 as the Urban Forest Field Day, an outreach activity for the Arboriculture students to demonstrate what they had learned during the semester. This grew from one course and a few visitors to multiple horticulture courses presenting demonstrations surrounding the Cuyamaca College Nursery. The addition of local artisans, vendors and a broad range of plant and garden societies helped make this a popular spring destination for families and homeowners.
Today the event encompasses nearly twenty acres of the Cuyamaca College campus and numerous other college classes and programs now participate annually. The festival features fun programs, hundreds of vendors and exhibitors, crafters and demonstrations that will help you become a better gardener and learn how to conserve our precious resources. The renowned Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture department holds its biggest plant sale of the year at the festival. Spring Garden Festival is one of the most popular festivals in San Diego. Annual attendance now exceeds 7,000 community visitors. We hope to see you there!

OH anticipates the return of the Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival in Spring 2023!


Cuyamaca College

Ornamental Horticulture Department's biggest plant sale of the year. The Cuyamaca College Nursery will be featuring a wide variety of plants at great prices.


College Showcase:  Representatives from multiple college departments and programs will be on hand to answer your questions about Cuyamaca College.


Ornamental Horticulture Department Showcase:  Faculty and students will be presenting information on a wide variety of horticultural topics and will be available to answer questions about horticulture and the O.H. Department and curriculum.


Horticulture Book Sale:  Horticulture books galore from one of San Diego's best book resources.


Garden Clubs: Get information about San Diego's Garden Clubs


Children's Activities:  There will be activities and exhibits to delight the young and young at heart.


The Water Conservation Garden

  • Butterfly Pavilion tours and Butterfly Releases
  • Kids Activities and Craft Vendors 
  • Story Time with Ms. Metamorphosis 
  • Landscape Design Consultations and Garden Tours 
  • Pollinator Party with Ms. Smarty-Plants™
  • More information available at


Heritage of the Americas Museum

  • Fine arts show and sale
  • Demonstrations
  • Presentations
  • Docent-led tours
  • Five Choices Dream Drawing!

More information available at


Exhibitor & Vendor Space Available

The Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival is actively seeking vendors!  For more information and an application packet, please click on the vendor application or contact Angelina Byrd at

Vendor Application

Contact: Angelina Byrd
Phone: (619) 660-0614  ext. 14


Parking & Directions

Address:    900 Rancho San Diego Parkway
                   El Cajon, CA.  92019
Phone:       619-660-4000