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Retiring San Diego Botanic Garden CEO will be honored at Sept. 8 gala in Encinitas

Retiring San Diego Botanic Garden CEO will be honored at Sept. 8 gala in Encinitas

The annual San Diego Botanic Garden Gala is well-known for delicious food offerings and spectacular floral displays, but this year's event is being called "extra-special." It's honoring retiring president/CEO Julian Duval, who, during his 24-year tenure, has helped grow the Garden into a major tourist attraction, recently listed as one of the "Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For."

At the Sept. 8 gala, he will be presented with the Paul Ecke Jr. Award — named for the Encinitas horticulturist who transformed the poinsettia into the USA's top-selling potted plant — for his exemplary devotion to horticulture, his profession, and the...

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