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There are many great gardens that members visit and report on at our meetings.  Some are in regional parks, some are commercial and some are in members’ yards.  This page will list some of our favorites and will continue to grow so check back to see what we find.

Regional Parks Botanic Garden at Tilden Regional Park Berkeley, CA http://www.ebparks.org/page156.aspx

Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden http://www.nativeplants.org/

This 10-acre garden is devoted to the collection, growth, display, and preservation of the native plants of California. The garden has 10 areas representing major climate zones throughout California.  This unique garden contains many natve plants from all areas of our state.  It is in the north Berkeley Hills which means some of the paths can be a little challanging.  It has some of the most complete and outstanding collections anywhere in the state so it is definitely worth exploring.  The websites are very educational and interesting also and contains a lot of information on the garden.  There is an excellent calendar which shows the prominent plants for each month.  Take a camera and enjoy the garden several different times of the year. 

 UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery    http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/ 

We were met by a very knowledgeable guide who took us through some of the gardens ending with the nursery section where we were able to buy plants.  The beautiful gardens are set up with specific themes such as a White Garden, and a Native Plant Garden to show the public what can be done and to inspire people for their own gardens.  What a great place to spend some time walking.  Click here for pictures.   Bonnie Marr

The Hunger Coalition Hope Garden

Bloom Community Farm

The Hunger Coalition has two vegetable gardens in the Hailey Idaho area.  The first one is the Hope Garden and was established in June of 2010 on a 10,000 square foot empty lot in downtown Hailey.  Anyone can work there a certain number of hours and then take produce home.  The garden was open (not locked) when I went there even though no one was there so I think that it works on the honor system.  The second garden is the Bloom Community Farm which was started in 2017 and operates on the same principle in that it is open certain hours for work and then workers can take home produce.  They have an outdoor kitchen and the staff includes several high school interns that spend class time there learning to cook with the vegetables.    Susan Muckey

Japanese Tea Garden


The Japanese Tea Garden is one of the main attractions in the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It is 5 acres of land and is the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Its many narrow paths, ponds, and water features create the ambiance of tranquility that is typical of a Japanese garden.  Manicured shrubs, side-by-side with round stones covered in moss are a feast for the eye. Tall trees with a variety of colorful leaves provide an artistic backdrop for the five-story pagoda that is in a central location along one of the paths. Shrines, and other monuments are located as focal points along several paths. Bonsai trees, Wisteria, azaleas, bamboo groves, dwarf trees, cherry trees, camellias and Japanese maples are part of the garden scenery. From the Japanese Tea House visitors can glimpse views of different parts of the garden while relaxing with a cup of tea. Certainly worth a visit.  Click links for pictures. Barbara Gumbs



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