Just last Wednesday, Kaitlin Williams bemoaned what’s felt like a never-ending winter. But it seems like spring might finally be ready to be sprung. I say this because, last night, we set the clocks forward, anticipating the time of year when the sun doesn’t drop at 5pm sharp. And there was another surefire sign today—as I walked past the newsstand, I couldn’t help but notice this gorgeous image of Kate Moss, hair bedecked in flowers, peering at me from the cover of W Magazine. Wow, Kate just knows how to shoot a magazine cover, doesn’t she?
Tagged with flowers …
By Kate E. Stephenson
Katherine Olivia Sessions, known by all as Kate, was born in San Francisco in 1857. Although much of her career involved teaching, Kate’s bountiful contribution to California and the world is in cultivating the foliage and blooms that now beautify many of our gardens. According to HillQuest (a San Diego urban guide): “Kate imported, introduced, propagated and popularized hundreds of trees, palms, vines, shrubs and succulents,” including many of our most popular and loved like the poinsettia, bird of paradise, blue cypress, and star jasmine.
In the late 1880s Kate began to make waves as she took on several horticulture projects, including jointly opening several nurseries—one of which was located in what was then “City Park” and is now known as Balboa Park. As compensation for the City Park land lease, she agreed to plant 100 trees a year in the park and 300 more all over the city. In this capacity, Sessions became the first official city gardener.