Taking a Moment at The 1935 Old Cactus Garden in Balboa Park

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It's the holiday season and that means parties, events, family gatherings, tons of cooking, plenty of desserts, and lots of fun times are about to commence. There is just so much that happens in this one month that it's easy to feel a bit overwhelmed when you start to schedule and prepare for everything. Don't get me wrong, I love this time of year, but before the festivities and family gatherings begin I try to fit in some "me" time.

BALBOA PARK 1935 OLD CACTUS GARDEN
BALBOA PARK 1935 OLD CACTUS GARDEN

I feel lucky that I live close to Balboa Park as it’s been my go-to park when I want to explore and spend some time alone. Balboa Park is huge and every time I visit, I always find something new. Last time I stumbled upon The Spanish Village Art Center and this time I came across the 1935 Old Cactus Garden.

BALBOA PARK 1935 OLD CACTUS GARDEN
BALBOA PARK 1935 OLD CACTUS GARDEN

This historic garden was directed by Kate Sessions for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. I had no idea what the California Pacific International Exposition was and found out that it was held to help promote San Diego since its economy, at the time, was in decline after the Great Depression. There were various exhibits that were held within Balboa Park and the Cactus Garden was one of them.

BALBOA PARK 1935 OLD CACTUS GARDEN
BALBOA PARK 1935 OLD CACTUS GARDEN

It doesn’t seem like this garden is attended to regularly, so I can only imagine how beautiful it must have been during the exposition. Not to say that it’s not worth visiting now, but it can definitely be spruced up a bit.

BALBOA PARK CLUB BUILDING ENTRANCE

The garden is located behind the Balboa Park Club and it’s very quiet back there. I went on a weekday afternoon and while the rest of the park was bustling with locals and tourists, I had this cactus garden all to myself, which makes it the perfect place to pause, reflect, and restore.

BALBOA PARK 1935 OLD CACTUS GARDEN
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BALBOA PARK 1935 OLD CACTUS GARDEN

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1935 OLD CACTUS GARDEN
ADDRESS: 2144 Pan American Road W., San Diego, CA 92101 (Located behind the Balboa Park Club)
HOURS: 24 hours 365 days a year.
ADMISSION: Free

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