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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SDHS is now a Pacific Horticulture Partner 
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Pacific Horticulture believes in the power of gardens to enrich people’s lives and inspire environmental stewardship. 

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.

SDHS members can join at a special rate $24/year - a savings of $16 off retail price. Membership includes a one-year subscription to the magazine; advance notice for tours and special events; and the popular electronic newsletter. 

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Restore Balboa Park Lily Pond Gardens 
Help fund the SDHS restoration for the 2015 Centennial Celebration!


Part of the Planting Team 

We are proud to be part of the Centennial Celebration. We have completed the planting of the gardens adjacent to the Lily Pond around the Timken Museum and Casa de Prado buildings!!!

Thanks to all the volunteers that helped with the planting. We completed the planting around the Timken in September.  Read the full story of planting the Timken.

We returned on October 28th to plant the north and west sides of the Casa de Prado. Landscape Architect Chris Drayer created the planting plan. Landscape Architect Cindy Benoit assisted Chris and also helped acquire the plants and schedule the planting. Society Treasurer Sam Seat arranged for the plant deliveries to the park nursery. 29 volunteers showed up to help with the planting. While Chris worked to place the plants, volunteers weeded and cleaned up the planting we had done the previous month around the Timken Museum. The Borden Family arranged for a contractor to provide power tools and assistance in digging the planting holes. Much of the area was heavily compacted and also full of palm tree roots that required a special jack-hammer shovel to dig through. We are able to complete all of the planting in one day, as well as, get the plants watered in and even installed a layer of mulch.
Hats off and a round of applause to our hard working volunteers: Kathy Ascher, Cindy Benoit, Jeff Biletnikoff, Jim Bishop, Scott Borden, Joan Braunstein, Bruce Cobbledick, Carolyn Dossett, Joann Dossett. Chris Drayer, Alice Dukelow, Dave Ehrlinger, Coni Fiss, Ann Heck, John Kramer, Linda Lawley, James Lucatore, David Lubs, Donna Mallen, Rachele Melious, Catherine Morley, Jaime Ramirez, Jorge Robles, Sam Seat, Marcy Singer, Else Karin Sjostrand Ottesen, Susan Starr, and Ed Thielicke.But there is still more to do. Planning for planting the north and west of Casa de Balboa building will take place in a few weeks. 

Help us preserve the rich horticultural heritage of Balboa Park. Our restoration incorporates sustainable, climate appropriate plant varieties introduced in the last 100 years and honor the original horticulturist of Balboa Park, Kate Sessions, with the theme, "Kate Sessions' Vision for Balboa Park Gardens 100 Years Later".

This is a great time to make a donation. Your tax deductible donation will help us keep the rich horticultural heritage of the park going for another hundred years!

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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 to make this one of the best garden tours San Diego has ever seen. The tour features private gardens around Balboa Park.

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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