December Meeting
Nancy Carol Carter
Centennial Celebrations: Remembering and Commemorating the 1915 Panama-California Exposition

Monday,  December 8th  6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM


Historian Nancy Carol Carter tells us about the early history of Balboa Park. With Balboa Park’s centennial celebration next year, her timely presentation will cover the background and development of this jewel of our city.

2014 California Garden issues with the "On the Eve" series about horticultural preparations for the 1915 Exposition in San Diego and in Balboa Park will be available for purchase at the meeting.

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December Kicks of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration 
Don't miss these Centennial Events!

December Nights 

  • The celebration starts with a special December Nights on December 5 & 6. Come early and check out the gardens that the San Diego Horticultural Society planted near the Lily Pond on the north and east side of the Timken Museum and the north and west sides of the Casa del Prado Building. Be sure and also visit the Festval of Trees inside the Casa del Prado building hosted by the San Diego Floral Association.
  • We kick off our celebration at the December 8th meeting when speaker Nancy Carol Carter tells us  about the history of Balboa Park.
  • April 11th – Our annual garden tour - Gardens Then and Now - See below for more information
  • April 13th – a special meeting at the Balboa Park Natural History Museum (theNAT). Members and guests will be able to tour the theNAT’s newest exhibit, Coast to Cactus in Southern California before and after a presentation by Jon Rebman, theNat’s Curator of the Botany. Jon was also our 2011 Horticulturalist of the Year honoree. Jon will share the museum’s remarkable history documenting San Diego County flora for more than 100 years.
  • May 9th – the park celebrates the Garden Party of the Century
  • June 5th to July 5th – The San Diego County Fair Garden Show exhibits will honor the gardens of Balboa Park.



2015 Spring Garden Tour - Gardens Then and Now
Save the Date !!!

Saturday,  April 11, 2015 9:00 AM  to 4:00 PM 

Don't miss the best garden tour of 2015!

We are partnering with the San Diego Floral Association on our Spring Garden Tour to celebrate the centennial of the Panama Exhibition in Balboa Park.  In honor of the centennial, we will be featuring private gardens in neighborhoods near Balboa Park. Many of our gardens are in historic homes and some have landscapes originally designed by famous San Diego designers.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the tour, please email Susan Starr.

The Pacific Horticulture Society is hosting a Spring Break in San Diego Tour around our tour and April meeting.  This is a great opportunity for your out of town friends and family to learn more about our historic gardens and native plants of San Diego County. 



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A west-coast based organization founded in 1968, Pacific Horticulture brings horticulturists, designers, and passionate gardeners together to share knowledge through our publications, seminars, and tours.  Pacific Horticulture magazine is widely recognized for its horticultural accuracy, engaging text, and beautiful photographs. As part of their mission to inspire west coast gardeners their website offers an archive of past articles dating back to 2000, available to anyone that visits their website.

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