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Friday, November 30, 2012

Balboa Park's December Nights Celebration

Stop by to purchase the San Diego Floral Association's gingerbread cookies and admire the creatively decorated trees and holiday floral designs. This year's theme is "Carols and Songs of the Season". Don't forget to stop by to purchase bouquets of protea.
When: Friday, Dec 7th 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., and Saturday, Dec 8th Noon–10:00 p.m.
Where: Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego

San Diego Horticultural Society Speaker at Surfside Race Place 

Debra Prinzing, author of 50 Mile Bouquet: Local, Seasonal and Sustainable Flowers, will be speaking at this holiday meeting where more locally grown protea will be for sale.
When: Monday, Dec 10th from 6:00pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds 
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Save the Date....for Kate! Celebrate the 'Mother of Balboa Park'

Eucalyptus Bench Carving at the Marston House
You're Invited! 
Kate Sessions Birthday Celebration  
Saturday Nov. 10
Join in celebrating the birthday of one of San Diego's first tree-huggers and the person most responsible for turning Balboa Park into an urban oasis. This year Kate Sessions would be 155 years old and that calls for a party! Join us at the Marston House on Saturday, November 10, 11am-2pm to enjoy the festivities:
Kate Sessions

  • Birthday cake and brief program celebrating Kate Sessions      
  • Discounted tours of the Marston House & Gardens
  • Geranium Sales
  • Walking tour of trees on west side by urban forester from Robin Rivet Center for Sustainable Energy
Three organizations with strong ties to Kate Sessions and Balboa Park have joined together to create a fun-filled day: Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO),the San Diego Floral Association and Friends of Balboa Park.

When - Saturday, November 10 · 11am - 2pm
Where - Marston House & Gardens, 3525 7th Ave. 
 Parking - Free parking along Balboa Drive, Sixth Avenue, Upas and Thorn Streets

Marston House
We attended this event last year and can let you know that even with the spotty rain conditions, it was well worth it. Katherine Olivia "Kate" Sessions was an American botanist, horticulturalist, and landscape architect known as the "Mother of Balboa Park."
In 1885, she purchased a nursery; within a few years she was the owner of a flower shop as well as growing fields and nurseries in Coronado, Pacific Beach and Mission Hills. She founded the Mission Hills Nursery in 1910 and sold it to her employees the Antonicelli brothers in 1926; and, it is still in operation today.  In 1892 Sessions struck a deal with the City of San Diego to lease 30 acres of land in Balboa Park (then called City Park) as her growing fields.  In return, she agreed to plant 100 trees a year in the mostly barren park, as well as 300 trees a year in other parts of San Diego.  This arrangement left the park with an array of cypress, pine, oak, pepper and eucalyptus which were grown in her gardens from seeds imported from around the world; virtually all of the older trees still seen in the park were planted by her. Among many other plant introductions, she is credited with importing and popularizing the jacaranda, now very familiar in the city. She also collected, propagated, and introduced many CA Natives to the horticulture trade and into gardens. In 1900, she took a trip to Baja CA to find a palm tree not native in San Diego to be planted at the park. She would also later take a seven-month trip through Europe where she collected multiple plant varieties that she eventually helped plant in the park.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Learn how to create Herbal-scented Holiday Wreaths

Date:  November 15, 2012
Time:  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost:  $20 ($15 for SDFA members)

Create a beautiful scented wreath for hanging or as a center piece. Bring gloves, clippers and a shopping bag filled with 6 to 8-inch cuttings from your garden to share. Wreath backing, fasteners and hangers will be provided.
Cuttings should be from strong, straight-stemmed, long-lasting, small leaved plants such as lavender, rosemary, myrtle, nandina, lime- or lemon-scented geranium, eucalyptus, pyracantha, cotoneaster, holly, pine, fir and sage. Other plants will work if they have stiff stems. Cuttings will go into a community pile so that everyone will have a wreath with a variety of fragrances and textures.
Instructor: Meredith French
Meredith French is a Master Gardener and professional photographer.
About SDFA Classes:
Location:  Unless stated otherwise, all classes are held in Room 104, Casa del Prado, 1650 El Prado, Balboa Park. Dress warmly as room may be cold.
Information: Call the Floral Association office at 619-232-5762 or visit
Registration and Payment:  Online at

Friday, November 2, 2012

Torrey Pines Landscape attended the Friends of Balboa Park Awards Luncheon

Friends of Balboa Park Walter Anderson and Kay Harry

"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention." - Oscar Wilde

In recognition of significant and long term contributions of service to Balboa Park, outstanding volunteers, like Kay Harry of the San Diego Floral Association, are selected each year to receive an Inspiration Award. Described by a peer as their "very own perpetual motion machine," Kay is the perennial co-chair of the association's many annual events like the Festival of Trees and the Historic Garden Tour. She's involved with more recent projects like the Spring Science Family Day Butterfly Celebration in Zoro Garden and the upcoming remembrance of Kate Sessions birthday celebration held at the Marston House. She's also an important member of the team that produces 'California Garden' the oldest continuously published horticultural magazine west of the Alleghenies.
This luncheon honored volunteer leadership and provided public recognition to both people and projects in Balboa Park. The Inspiration Awards are given to volunteers nominated by their peers in the Balboa Park community. It was delightful to be there and thank Kay, and people like her, who are dedicated to preserving the park's legacy for future generations.

from the office of Torrey Pines Landscape Co. Inc
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