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California Garden: Centennial Compilation, 1909-2009

Articles: California Garden: Centennial Compilation, 1909-2009

California Garden magazine has educated and entertained garden lovers since 1909, making it the oldest, continuously running, horticultural magazine in the United States. The San Diego Floral Association celebrated that remarkable longevity with a superb showcase of the magazine's finest work.

California Garden: Centennial Compilation, 1909-2009 reprints nearly 200 articles written by dozens of esteemed horticulturists. Organized topically, with chapters such as Planting San Diego, The Next Level: Design, Days of Glory: Flower Shows, and At Home in Balboa Park, the volume's reprised articles feature the practical, with timely advice and observations geared for the California climate.

Valuable essays by Kate O Sessions and Alfred D Robinson—founders of the Floral Association in 1907—are reprinted here. Editorial bias favors these early writers, admits the editor, who believes the older articles still "charm with their viewpoint" but remain relevant today.

Much of the older work concerns San Diego's historic Balboa Park. The 1,400-acre tract was covered with treeless chaparral and ignored by the public after it was set aside as a city park in 1868. In the early 1900s, park p...

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