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October 3, 2015

Held at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

San Diego Floral Association and California Garden and Landscape History Society hosted the lecture series “Cultivating Identity: Balboa Park as a Cultural Landscape," celebrating the centennial of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Headline speakers were Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, President of the Foundation for Landscape Studies, and Robert Melnick, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Oregon and co-editor of the book Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America.

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers addressed “The Value of Park Preservation.” She guided the revitalization of Central Park, New York, as the first Central Park Administrator. Professor Robert Melnick spoke on “Preserving Cultural Landscape in an Age of Climate Change.”

Additional topics included “Archives and Artifacts,” Balboa Park Ranger Kim Duclo; “What Do We Talk About When We Speak of Cultural Landscapes,” Vonn Marie May; and “Early Park Planners: Growing Balboa Park,” Nancy Carol Carter.    

35-minute park tours were offered at 4 pm.

Contact: Nancy Carol Carter, or Thea Gurns,

Ticketed Event. Tickets at $10 SDFA members, $25 nonmembers.

Historic photo provided by Balboa Park Conservancy.