It's Mother's Day weekend. May 7th is also the first Saturday of May which means that the Marston House in Balboa Park is having its second annual 'May Day' celebration. Highlights of the day's activities include:
The unveiling, introduction, and sale of the
2015 San Diego Exposition Centennial Geranium, Balboa Park
As one of San Diego's greatest benefactors, George Marston is also called the Father of Balboa Park, so it's very fitting that the Geranium George Project (GGP) has created and named in his honor the "Balboa Park" to mark and celebrate the 2015 San Diego Exposition Centennial. Individual sales begin May 7 at the San Diego's Garden Party at the Marston House.
Since 2005 the GGP has introduced many varieties significantly have been "Geranium George" and "Kate Sessions" to honor these legendary and influential San Diego residents, and to create Heritage Plants for the San Diego community to enjoy.
Jim Zemcik, who is the hybridizer, noted that he chose to work with this particular plant because "The bright orange and red bloom with its elegant frill to its petals captures the Spanish Colonial City on the Hill to perfection."
The San Diego Floral Association
The Marston house and gardens has an almost one hundred year connection to the association. As one of their early members, George Marston was an advocate for horticultural needs of the city, including Balboa Park.
As the oldest garden club in Southern California, founded in 1907, and the very first organization to occupy quarters in Balboa Park, it is also an integral part of San Diego's Garden Party - May Day at the Marston House. Activities will include making May baskets just in time for Mothers Day.
Plein-Air Art Show by San Diego Artists
San Diego has a long tradition of producing great plein-air painters; George Marston counted among his friends Charles Fries and Alfred Mitchell. They created murals for Marston's department store and for his home. Following in this tradition, some of San Diego's finest artists will exhibit and sell their works. A silent auction of paintings by these invited artists will augment this benefit.
Another visual treat will be a high couture fashion show by Leonard Simpson of Fashion Forward™. The spring fashions will feature beautiful models strolling the grounds with designs by Alexander Lucque of Ecopaperdoll. Fashion Forward™, produced by Leonard G. Simpson is internationally known for their premier fashion shows and other high-profile entertainment projects. This year's show held on Mother's Day weekend is in memory of Mr. Simpson's late mother Gwendolyn Simpson.
Marston House Museum Tours
Free with general admission ticket. An abbreviated tour of one of San Diego's architectural treasures will give May Day visitors a peek into the home's many layers of history, arts and culture. Completed in 1905, the Arts & Crafts house was designed by Hebbard & Gill, San Diego's most illustrious architecture firm at the time.
Historic Garden Tours
The Marston House gardens represent the work of several renowned landscape designers and the Marstons, who were avid garden and open-space advocates. George and daughter Mary were thoroughly engaged in the designing, planning and implementation of the gardens.
Tea, lemonade and baked goods included with admission
Wine Garden - $10
Includes two glasses of wine in a keepsake Marston House wine glass (a $5 value) with cheese and fruit buffet co-sponsored by the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant. Additional glasses of wine can be purchased onsite for $6 each.
For Ticket info:
Call SOHO (619) 297-9327 or (619) 297-7511
Buy In person at the Marston House Museum Shop, 3525 Seventh Avenue;
Day of the Event Tickets may be purchased beginning at 10am