Balboa Park contains 1200 acres and 16 gardens in the center of San Diego. It has been home to two World Fair's, one in 1915-16 and again in 1935-6. Kate Sessions, 'The Mother of Balboa Park', designed the natural landscape. Explore these six of the most impressive gardens.
1935 Old Cactus Garden
Created by Kate Sessions for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition, its remote location makes it a secluded retreat in this urban park.
Spanish Gardens that recreate the style of Seville, Spain with fountains surrounded by 7,000 annuals.
A canyon trail leads to 2 acres containing 450 palms with some planted as early as 1912.
One of the largest lath structures in the world features seasonal collections surrounded by 2,000 palms, ferns and orchids.
Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden
More than 2,400 rose bushes and 180 varieties cover 3 acres in a spectacular mirage of color.
Desert Garden Balboa Park
1,300 desert plants, cacti and succulents from all over the world make up this inspiring garden.