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Field Trip to the Gardens at Heather Farm
April 24, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT
Come enjoy the beautiful 6 acre garden in Walnut Creek. The gardens feature more than 10 different themed garden areas, and is home to a full-spectrum of plants, including California natives, shrubs, annuals, perennials, trees, ferns, drought-tolerant, grasses, herbs, salvias and of course, roses. Thousands of roses in every shade of pink, red, yellow and orange fill the heart of the garden each year from spring through fall, making a truly eye-catching and fragrant experience.
We will meet at the edge of the parking lot near the address below. If this lot is full, you can find another lot off Heather Drive. If this is full turn north (that’s left from Heather Drive) on north san carlos from ygnacio valley road. go about .3 miles and park in the lot on the side. parking should be better there, and about .25 mile walk to garden area. Depending on how far your car is from the garden area, you can choose to leave food for lunch (potluck) in the car or bring it with you.
In the morning we will explore, sketch, and journal. At noon we will gather to share journal entries and enjoy a potluck lunch (bring food or beverages to share that can stay in the car while you sketch, bowl, spoon, and cup). After lunch John Muir Laws will demonstrate several tricks from the botanical illustration tool kit using graphite and watercolor. You can continue to journal and explore with friends or on your own. We will formally reconvene at 3:30 to share experiences and journal ideas. This program is free and no advanced registration is required. All ages and ability levels are welcome. $20 suggested donation.
Diablo Ascent Garden
Offering expansive views of Mt. Diablo, this hillside garden blends California natives and Mediterranean plantings that thrive in full sun and dry conditions.
EBMUD Water Conservation Garden
With a grant from the East Bay Municipal Utility District, this garden along the right rise of our building demonstrates plants arranged according to water needs (hydrozoned) An in-line drip irrigation routine and heavy mulch help to retain moisture during the hot summer.
Fragrance, color and texture dominate this garden that rests next to our patio and pavilion bar at the rear of the building. Along with a splashing fountain lit in the evening by colored lights, the raised beds allow visitors of all ages and abilities to participate in the stimulation of the senses that this garden provides.
Native Plant Garden
Celebrating California’s beautiful native plants, this garden features some of the best natives for growing in an oak woodland.
Ashe Tree Allee
Fraxinus oxicarpa ‘Raywood’ or Raywood Ash line the paved driveway through the garden creating a canopy of shade.
Rugosa roses, pine tress, low shrubs, and our new Camellia Grove encircle a large, open lawn area.
Black Pine Garden
Dedicated to the art of Bonsai, the featured Black Pine (normally a 100-foot tree), was propagated in 1949.
Anne Ward Garden
This lawn provides a lovely vista overlooking the rose garden and neighboring park fountains and is shaded by six Prunus yedonsis ‘Akebono’ Daybreak Japanese flowering cherry trees.
With eleven waterfalls, this peaceful garden cascading through the middle of our property offers a variety of food sources for butterflies and beneficial insects. The variegated or lemon-colored foliage makes this garden glow in the afternoon light.
Rock and Salvia Garden
Growing on either side of the pathway just beyond the Gazebo and at the base of the Riparian garden rests a selection of low-growing plants that like dry, fast-draining soil.
This sunny hillside garden is at its peak during the summer months when an explosion of annual and perennial flowers attract many butterflies who use flowers as a source of nectar.
Perennials and shrubs are massed together creating pillows of color and texture in this hillside garden. The garden is watered by an in-line drip system and the plantings are arranged according to water needs (hydrozoned).
On the back side of our grounds bordering the park, this shaded garden offers trees, shrubs and flowers that thrive under oaks and along creeks. Many of the plantings also provide habitat or food for wildlife.
Blue Star Memorial Garden
Shades of red, white and blue dominate this garden, which serves as a tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces. The brilliant foliage of Acer buergeranum, Trident Maple, is a focal point during spring and summer.
A beautiful arbor alongside the ash grove provides support for a variety of clematis while creating shade for ferns, dogwoods, natuve heucheras, camellias and other woodland favorites. In-line irrigation and mulch keep this garden moist during the hot summer months.