Coastal Scrub to Garden Fair

Ocean Beach Historical Society Presented: Coastal Scrub to Garden Fair, by Nancy Carol Carter, Thurs. Feb. 16, at Water’s Edge Faith Community – 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.  After many years of debate and controversy, a formal plan for the landscaping and planting of San Diego’s City Park was adopted in 1902. Much of the original plan was shelved when preparations for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition began in earnest.

When the Olmstead Brothers Landscape firm bowed out of the Exposition team, opportunity fell to two “accidental landscapers.”  Balboa Park historian Nancy Carol Carter describeed how this precarious predicament resulted in the richly planted and beautifully maintained grounds of the Exposition, which won praise as a “Garden Fair.”   This lively program introduced a wide cast of interesting characters and is illustrated by numerous vintage photographs showing how the Exposition forever changed Balboa Park and influenced horticulture in all of southern California. Thank you to those that attended the exciting program Ocean Beach Historical Society on February 16th, 2023!

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