The Balboa Desert Garden was established at the Park Blvd. location in 1976 and contains more than 1,300 plants, including succulents and drought-resistant plants from around the world, within its 2.5 acres. The peak blooming period is January through March; however, these plants are interesting at any time of year because of their unusual shapes.
It is said that some of these plants predate the official garden and were planted by Kate Sessions herself! I love visiting this spot. There are so many quirky plants growing here including a hollowed out tree that is large enough to fit inside!
The rose garden has over 2500 rose bushes (over 200 varieties), sitting on 3 acres of land. The rose garden is filled with a large variety of fragrant, colorful roses and oh so beautiful.
In 2003, the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden was given an Award of Garden Excellence by the World Federation of Rose Societies, and in 2004 that group named it one of the 16 best public rose gardens in the world. Today it’s one of 35 rose gardens worldwide to receive that group’s annual excellence award — one of only four in the U.S.