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Natural Awakenings San Diego

Costa Rican Rain Forest in San Diego

On Sunday, March 11 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach will be transformed into a Costa Rican style jungle for the O2 For Life non-profit charity fundraiser. Attendees will enjoy native Costa Rican cuisine, silent and live auctions, drinks and lively music with DJ Dano of Dano's Island Sounds.

This event is possible thanks to the help of Paige Perkins of Paige’s Garden Chat. Perkins donates her time and asks local growers like Briggs Tree Nursery, Euro America Growers, Weidner’s Nursery and Evergreen Nursery to donate plants for the occasion. “What’s really amazing is that because the micro-climates of San Diego and Costa Rica are so similar, a lot of the plants can be grown here,” says Perkins. “The acacia, musa (banana), jacaranda and assorted palm trees can thrive in San Diego gardens as well as vines like dalechampia, and morning glory. San Diego gardens will grow orchids, begonias, anthiums, heliconia, birds of paradise and many different types of ferns.”

O2 For Life is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of tropical nature, protecting over 500 acres of land in the Osa region of Costa Rica, one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world.

For tickets and more information email [email protected] or call 858-922-6011. Visit