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SD101: Growing Balboa Park:
Coastal Scrub to Garden Fair

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2021  |  12:00PM – 1:00PM  |  ON ZOOM

The earliest days of Balboa Park were filled with halting efforts to plant and improve it until a formal landscape plan was secured in 1902. Existing features of our park reflect this plan, though it was sidelined when preparations for a 1915 exposition in the park began. These richly planted grounds of the Panama-California Exposition won extravagant praise as a “Garden Fair.” This program introduces a wide case of characters and is illustrated with numerous vintage photographs and postcards showing how the exposition forever changed Balboa Park and influenced horticulture in all of Southern California.

Speaker and bio:
Nancy Carol Carter is a historian and frequent community speaker who researches the development of Balboa Park, landscape and garden history, and the life and work of Kate Sessions. She has published in California Garden, Eden, Journal of San Diego History, Pacific Horticulture and VIEW (LALH). She is the Associate Editor of California Garden magazine and serves on the boards of California Garden & Landscape History Society and San Diego Floral Association. Carter is a member of Forever Balboa Park’s Horticulture Committee and Park Improvement Committee. She holds M.S, M.L.S. and J.D. degrees and is retired from the University of San Diego School of Law.


This event is FREE. Guests will receive a confirmation following registration.


December 14
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Event
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