|1.2 acre lawn of colonial bent grass, Astoria strain|
Location: 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA - at the intersection of Middlefield and Willow Road.
I needed to go to Menlo Park to pick up my daughter's repaired cornet (Bridgepoint Music - a great music and repair store) and I thought, why drive all that way and not do something while I'm down there? A quick Google search brought me to Sunset Gardens so away I went.
|Approximately 1 mile from downtown Menlo Park|
|Sunny sky and Birdsong!|
This is a self guided tour; you can pick up their guide brochure at the front desk. The garden consists of a beautiful green lawn bordered by 5 separate western climate zone areas. It also has an Editorial Test Garden. Following the brochure's suggested route, I began my stroll in the Southwest Desert.
Following that, I walked through the Southern California zone, the Central California zone, the Northern California zone, and finally the Pacific Northwest zone.
|Tlingit Totem Pole from Port Chilkoot, Alaska|
Leaving the Pacific Northwest, I passed some beautiful ornamental grasses. Not sure which zone these were in as there was no label.
If you go: Bring your camera and slow down long enough to discover the garden's hidden gems.
Have Fun! Oh, and if you're lucky, like I was, you can pick up a free sample of Ghirardelli chocolate before you leave. What can be better than that?