Hidden San Diego

Old Cactus Garden

 Old Cactus Garden

 1935 (Old) Cactus Garden
1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

This historic garden was developed under the direction of Kate Sessions for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. It contains some of the largest cactus and succulent specimens in the Park and has also been developed to include the exotic African and Australian Protea plants. It is located on the west side of the Balboa Park Club.

Personal Experience:  There are so many interesting and beautiful spots to explore in San Diego.  Many that you possibly had no clue existed unless you were really poking around all corners.  This is one of those spots.  It's located above Palm Canyon, in fact, there's a trail that connects these two spots.  I am still trying to figure out what that old, stone ruin once was.  Anyone know?

Balboa Park is so lovely.  Every inch of it, I swear.  What's even lovelier is it's actually quite large, with so many secretive crevices to discover!


Would love to see some photos of this in its heyday!

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

I found this fruit growing nearby. Does anyone know what it is?  It was quite tasty! ;) It looked like a kiwi on the outside with fig-like seeds on the inside and flesh that resembled a mango.  So interesting!

Old Cactus Garden

The view:

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Not easy to harvest:

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Yucca fruits:

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

There's a path on the south side of the garden that I will have to explore further another day:

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Just a little further south of the cactus garden lays a beautiful view of downtown:

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

Old Cactus Garden

The planes fly right over your head here.  Unfortunately every time they flew over my head I was in the wrong camera setting. I still kinda like this shot though:

Old Cactus Garden


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