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Last Updated: 5-13-2021 at 1:20 pm

In the center of San Diego lies Balboa Park, one of the city’s oldest and most popular attractions. This 1,200-acre urban oasis features museums, walking paths, dog parks, theaters, and our world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Balboa Park is also home to multiple gardens, several of which were originally planned, planted, and cared for by renowned American landscape architect, botanist, plantswoman, and gardener Kate Sessions, sometimes referred to as "The Mother of Balboa Park."

This month, Osher at SDSU takes a closer look at the history of Balboa Park’s gardens with community speaker and horticulture historian Nancy Carol Carter.

The Lost and Found Balboa Park Gardens of Kate Sessions
Friday, June 18, 1:30–3:00 pm PDT
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If you missed this year's past webinars, you can view these recordings online. Click Here.

We’re looking forward to learning with you!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SDSU Advisory Board

Upcoming Session


The Lost and Found Balboa Park Gardens of Kate Sessions

Three specialty gardens of Balboa Park have a close association with celebrated horticulturist Kate O. Sessions. Travel with Sessions on an intrepid journey to bring a new species of palm to the United States and a new garden to Balboa Park. Learn how the near death experience of Sessions resulted in the most botanically important garden ever created in Balboa Park (and why that garden is lost). Revisit the creation of the Balboa Park Cactus Garden, a long-held dream of Kate Sessions, realized after many years through the efforts of her friends and admirers.

Date: Friday, June 18, 2021
Time: 1:30–3:00 pm PDT
Presenter: Nancy Carol Carter

Nancy Carol Carter is a frequent community speaker. She researches and writes about horticultural history and has published in Pacific Horticulture, Eden, the Journal of San Diego History and California Garden. She is the associate editor of California Garden and makes Balboa Park and the life and work of Kate Sessions special areas of research. Carter serves on the boards of San Diego Floral Association and the California Garden and Landscape History Society. She volunteers with Friends of Balboa Park and the Balboa Park Conservancy. She is retired from the University of San Diego School of Law.

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