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Travel with Kate Sessions on an intrepid journey to bring a new species of palm to the United States and a specialty garden to Balboa Park. Learn how the near death experience of Sessions resulted in the most botanically important garden ever created in Balboa Park (and why that garden is lost). Revisit the creation of the Balboa Park Cactus Garden, a long-held dream of Kate Sessions, realized after many years through the efforts of her friends and admirers.
Nancy Carol Carter is a frequent community speaker. She researches and writes about horticultural history and has published in Pacific Horticulture, Eden, the Journal of San Diego History and California Garden. She is the associate editor of California Garden and makes Balboa Park and the life and work of Kate Sessions special areas of research. Carter serves on the boards of San Diego Floral Association and the California Garden and Landscape History Society. She is a long-term member of the Mission Hills Garden Club and volunteers with Friends of Balboa Park and the Balboa Park Conservancy. She is retired from the University of San Diego School of Law.
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