photo by Art Logan

Alta Vista Botanical Gardens (AVBG) hosted a special event to give the public the opportunity to meet sculptor Ricardo Breceda and tour the garden’s collection of his pieces. The meet and greet began with a public reception in the early afternoon followed by a private reception, where visitors enjoyed appetizers, drinks, and the chance to speak with Ricardo and tour the gardens. Many of Ricardo’s giant sculptures can be seen in Galleta Meadows in Borrego Springs, and now they can be seen in Vista as well. Ricardo’s serpent sculpture is currently on display in the children’s garden, and four of his other sculptures are installed around the gardens for permanent display.

The AVBG, considered Vista’s hidden gem, seeks to bring together people, nature, and art. AVBG integrates art into its display of beautiful, rare plants, and serves as a gathering place for the community. Discover more at