Old Cactus Garden at Balboa Park



cactus garden The Old Cactus Garden was planted in 1935 under the direction of Kate Sessions.



Some call Kate Sessions the "Mother of Balboa Park" since she was instrumental in introducing many trees and plants into Balboa Park when the park was in its infancy. As such, this garden has historical value.

cactus garden

This garden is not as expansive as the Desert Garden along Park Blvd. However, it does contain an array of cacti, succulents, and African & Australian Protea plants.

cactus garden


Not many people visit the cacti here because the garden is tucked at the far southwest end of Balboa Park: behind the Balboa Park Club. It's a nice quiet spot where some of the plants can grow tall, gnarly, and prickly.

cactus garden

In 2001, the California Conservation Corps connected this Garden to the Palm Canyon Trail so you can now enter or exit the Palm trail via Kate Sessions' Old Garden.

Old Cactus Garden
map location 40
Open all the time.
Free

cactus garden