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Wine & Lecture: Kate O. Sessions: It All Started in Coronado

December 9 - December 9, 2021

Coronado Historical Association
1100 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. If you purchased a ticket you will be issued a refund. If you have any questions, please call 619-435-7242. 

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 5:30 pm

Horticulturist and nursery owner Kate Sessions spent her entire adult life in San Diego, a single businesswoman who relished independence and shaped her own green world. Her career began in Coronado, but her name became internationally known, linked with the landscape beauty of Southern California, with Arts & Crafts landscape design and with Balboa Park, which she helped to develop and preserve. Sessions passionately promoted horticulture as an instrument of individual and community betterment, publishing hundreds of articles on plants and gardening. She encouraged landscaping with plant material appropriate to the Southern California climate and championed the use of native plants.   

Attendance is restricted to fully vaccinated or recent negative COVID-19 test results. Capacity is limited and reservations are required. No walk-ins will be admitted.

Nancy Carol Carter is a historian and frequent community speaker who researches the development of Balboa Park, landscape and garden history, and the life and work of Kate Sessions and other horticulturists. She has published in California Garden, Eden, Journal of San Diego History, Pacific Horticulture and VIEW (LALH). She is the Associate Editor of California Garden magazine and serves on the boards of California Garden & Landscape History Society and the San Diego Floral Association. Carter is a member of Forever Balboa Park’s Horticulture Committee and Park Improvement Committee. She holds M.S, M.L.S., and J.D. degrees and is retired from the University of San Diego School of Law.

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