Gardens Then and Now: A Centennial Celebration of Historic and Contemporary San Diego Gardens

The Saturday April 11th Spring Garden Tour commemorates the Centennial of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park.  In honor of the Centennial, the tour features private gardens in several lovely historical neighborhoods surrounding Balboa Park – South Park, Marston Hills, Mission Hills and Bankers Hill.  Many of the gardens are in historic homes and a few have gardens originally designed by famous San Diego landscapers.

The 1915 Panama Exposition helped to transform the landscape of San Diego.  In the years following the Exposition, San Diego neighborhoods adopted many of the building styles, plants and landscaping that the Exposition had created in Balboa Park.  The homes on our Spring Garden Tour honor this legacy while illustrating ways in which gardens have adapted to new plant options, new philosophies of garden design and new lifestyles in the last 100 years.

The San Diego Floral Association and the San Diego Horticultural Society are jointly hosting this year’s tour. The San Diego Floral Association, the oldest horticultural organization in San Diego, was founded in 1907 to help the Chamber of Commerce beautify San Diego in preparation for the 1915 Exposition.  The San Diego Horticultural Society, San Diego’s largest horticultural organization, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014.


  • $25 for SD Horticultural Society or SD Floral Association Members
  • $30 General Public
  • Tour participants who purchase advance tickets online will receive a tour map via email on Thursday, April 9.  Advance ticket purchasers can check-in at any garden on the tour and tour the gardens in any order they wish.
  • Starting at 9AM, Saturday April 11th, tickets will be available at:

Francis W. Parker Mission Hills Campus
4201 Randolph St. San Diego, CA 92103

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