The botanical gardens at the Heritage of the Americas are an extension of the museum’s collection. A tropical paradise on the eastern exposure of the museum has exotic palms from the South Seas island locations consisting of Plumeria, Bird of Paradise, Bamboo Palm, Majesty and King Palms. The western exposure of the museum hosts desert plants including rare and endangered species like the Yucca Rustrada, Joshua, Bujum, Cabbage Tree, various cacti and other forms of plants. The museum entry and the surrounding area has a collection of more than 200 exotic trees from as far away as Madagascar and Chile and features a broad spectrum of palm tree species. The gardens are used extensively by the horticulture classes of Cuyamaca College in El Cajon.
HOURS: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday noon to 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday and selected holidays
ADMISSION: Fees pay for daily operation and educational programs. The museum is privately funded and receives no funds from the college or the state. Adults: $3 Adults (55+): $ Youth Under 17 (with adult): Free Student of Cuyamaca-Grossmont College District (with ID): Free. GET ONE FREE ADULT ADMISSION COUPON.