The Gardens at Heather Farm, Walnut Creek CA
The Gardens at Heather Farm reside on six acres adjoining the city's 100 acre park and wildlife sanctuary and is a non-profit whose mission is to provide beauty and inspiration and to educate and inspire the community about sustainable gardening and stewardship practices to protect the environment. The Gardens were founded in 1968 and raised funds to develop the gardens and build an educational center. The Diablo Women's Garden Club was part of the initial committee established to create the Gardens at Heather Farm and has continuously supported The Gardens since inception.
A living museum and outdoor classroom, today there are 3.5 acres of developed gardens including 24 which demonstrate sustainable gardening practices. The grounds house the Howard Center classroom, banquet hall and office space where their Natural Science Classroom Series serves over 13,000 school children each year. Classes are offered for gardeners of all ages, levels and interest as well as horticulture therapy for people with disabilities. The gardens serve both students and teachers who use the gardens and adjacent pond for research and study. Home gardeners benefit from the "demonstration gardens" themselves while photographers and artists find seasonal, if not daily, inspiration. The Gardens, a non-profit corporation, reflect the unified efforts of the founding committee and those that continue to volunteer their time, talents, and financial resources.
For more information on the Gardens at Heather Farm go to www.gardenshf.org
Photo: Groundbreaking August 12, 1979