The Kate Sessions Papers contain one box of archival material, mostly manuscript notes, drafts, and typescripts relating to
horticulture and landscaping. Includes notebooks, news clippings, and a small amount of correspondence.
Kate Sessions was a horticulturalist and landscape architect. Born Katherine Olivia Sessions in San Francisco, California
on November 8, 1857, she attended the University of California, Berkeley (A.B. 1881), and moved to San Diego, teaching briefly
at the Russ School before purchasing a nursery in 1885. She contracted with the city of San Diego to lease property in Balboa
Park in exchange for tree planting in the park, ultimately becoming known as the "Mother of Balboa Park." She co-founded (with
Alfred D. Robinson) the San Diego Floral Association in 1907. Sessions died on March 24, 1940 in San Diego.
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