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Newly expanded Japanese Friendship Garden opens in Balboa Park

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Balboa Park got a little more beautiful Friday with the grand opening of the expansion of the Japanese Friendship Garden.

The newly developed area takes the garden from 2 1/2 acres to seven acres. It includes a new pond, water fall and plenty of open spaces to enjoy.

The landscaping draws its inspiration from Japanese gardens, but has a special San Diego twist.

"The plants that were chosen to get planted here was actually a very conscious decision because they are all meant to thrive in San Diego's climate," Lauren Manalo said.

A pavilion is also being built in the garden for festivals and other events. It is expected to be finished in early 2015.

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