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Balboa Park’s 51st Annual Lily Display

Dec 17, 2010
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For Immediate Release:
Easter Lilies Bloom in Balboa Park’s Historic Botanical Building

Balboa Park, San Diego From Friday, March 26th, through Wednesday, April 21st, the Botanical Building will be filled with 300 fragrant Easter lilies. This is the 51st year this popular display has been held in Balboa Park.

Historically, white lilies are depicted on Minoan frescoes dating back more than 3,500 years, and ancient Romans planted the lily along roadsides for medicinal use by traveling legions of solider needing treatment for wounds and sores. The 1st-century Christian church adopted the lily as a traditional, time-honored flower of Easter.

Built for the 1915-16 Exposition, along with the adjacent Lily Pond, the historic Botanical Building is one of the largest lath structures in the world. Designed by Carleton M. Winslow, the Botanical Building is 250-feet long, 75-feet wide and over 60-feet tall and filled with an ever-changing landscape of beautiful and interesting plants.

In addition to this popular and fragrant seasonal display, the Botanical Building contains over 2,100 permanent tropical plants, a carnivorous plant bog, and a ëtouch and smellí garden. The Botanical Building is open free to the public Friday through Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed Thursdays and City of San Diego observed holidays).

Generous funding from the Ida Louise McCalvin Botanical Gardens Easter Fund and the Klauber Balboa Park Fund at The Balboa Park Trust and support from the staff at the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department makes the Easter lily display possible.

Built for the 1915/16 Exposition, along with the adjacent Lily Pond, the historic Botanical Building is one of the largest lath structures in the world. Designed by Carleton M. Winslow, the Botanical Building is 250-feet long, 75-feet wide and over 60-feet tall and filled with an ever-changing landscape of beautiful and interesting plants.