March 24, 1940 – Kate Sessions, “Mother of Balboa Park” died at age 83.
Kate was a renown horticulturist trained at the University of California Berkeley. Kate operated a nursery in San Diego, and supervised the plantings at the Hotel del Coronado. The City of San Diego let her use 30 acres in Balboa Park rent-free, in exchange for her planting 100 trees a year in Balboa Park and donating another 300 trees for planting around San Diego. Kate Sessions was a woman with vision who left us a legacy of trees.