Kate Sessions

Katherine Olivia “Kate” Sessions (November 8, 1857 – March 24, 1940) was an American botanisthorticulturalist, and landscape architect closely associated with San Diego, California, and known as the “Mother of Balboa Park.”

“Kate Sessions.” Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Sessions. Accessed 22 Nov. 2021.

“It is in Balboa Park that the legacy of Kate Sessions is most obvious. She leased land in what was then called “City Park” in 1892 for a nursery. For this privilege, she was to plant one hundred trees a year in the park and furnish three hundred more for planting throughout the city. In 1902 she was instrumental in the formation of the park Improvement Committee with her friends George Marston and Mary B. Coulston. Their work resulted in assuring the park’s place in the life of the community.”

“KATE SESSIONS 1857–1940.” San Diego History Center, sandiegohistory.org/archives/biographysubject/sessions. Accessed 22 Nov. 2021.

The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry and read by Kelly Daniel:

The Tree Lady | A Read Aloud

A Read Aloud with Miss. Kelly | The Tree Lady by H. Josephs Hopkins.This book tells the story of Kate O. Sessions, the woman known as the Mother of Balboa Pa…

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