This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of San Diego’s famous landmarks, Balboa Park. Residents from all over San Diego County are invited to celebrate 100 years of history and horticulture at The Garden Party of the Century event on Saturday, May 9. Children, families, and community groups are encouraged to decorate a wagon for the Kid’s Floral Wagon Parade which will begin at 9:30 a.m. near the Natural History Museum. Other highlights will include a plant restoration ceremony, a performance by the Youth Orchestra of the Californias, a centennial-inspired flower show, presentations of adopt-a-plot gardens adopted by community schools and groups, and a wide variety of music, art, and activities for the whole family. Carlsbad resident and Board Chair of the Friends of Balboa Park Ann Wilson commented, “This is an opportunity to focus on the beauty of the gardens and landscaping in the Park. It has been a true labor of love for hundreds of volunteers. This is their opportunity to show off all their hard work and gardening skills.” For more information visit