A great treat for mom on Mother’s Day is a visit to one of the outstanding public gardens here in the Bay Area. Since Mother’s Day is at the peak of spring blooming, it’s the perfect time to check out the remarkable variety of flora that grows in our wonderful climate zone. Make a fun day of it and get new and terrific ideas for your own garden. Make sure to take a pen, paper and camera to take notes. Then head into Evergreen and let us help you make those ideas a reality. Here are a few of our favorite places to visit:

 

One of the stunning gardens at Filoli

One of the stunning gardens at Filoli

Filoli, Woodside: Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Azaleas, tree peonies and wisteria are all dripping with colorful fragrance. There are hundreds of spring annuals to enjoy as well as native plants. www.filoli.org

Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek: This garden is a delight for the senses, filled with gorgeous blooms in May. It features some interesting design concepts as well as a collection of water-conserving plants. You can take a self-guided tour anytime you like but they also offer docent-led walks on the weekends. http://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/

 

Heather Farms, Walnut Creek: Six gorgeous acres of serene gardens await you at Heather Farms. There are many educational programs, but it is also available just to take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy. Heather Farms is having a special Mother’s Day Garden Stroll from 1-4 pm. Check out their website for more details. http://gardenshf.org/

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: One of the largest city parks, Golden Gate Park offers endless opportunities for education and

Japanese Tea Garden

Japanese Tea Garden

entertainment. Golden Gate park hosts incredible Arboretum & Botanical Gardens where you can learn about many different types of plants, all in one place. Picnicking among the elegant blooms in the Rose Garden is a special treat. Golden Gate Park also has an intricate, peaceful Japanese Tea Garden where you can enjoy the sounds of moving water among Japanese Maples and other plant inspirations while sipping a cup of tea. Lastly, don’t miss the Conservatory of Flowers and all the colorful wonders it holds. Walking or biking through Golden Gate Park’s acres of green area also holds many surprises and delights. http://www.golden-gate-park.com/

U.C. Berkeley Botanical Gardens, Berkeley: This incredible garden has a world class collection of plants, one of the most diverse in the country. The beauty of Strawberry Canyon creates a natural setting for the varied collection, including many rare and unusual plants. http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/

Berkeley Rose Garden

Berkeley Rose Garden

Berkeley Rose Garden, Berkeley: This garden is quite a destination with 3,000 rose bushes and 250 varieties of roses, along with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The Friends of the Berkeley Rose Garden has been very active over the past decade in restoring key historical features and improving accessibility to the garden. http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/contentdisplay.aspx?id=12048

Dunsmuir-Hellman House, Oakland: The historic Dunsmuir-Hellman House has public grounds that you can explore and enjoy. There are some interesting and varied plant specimens and trees, making a walk around the house and grounds a pleasure. The property features a garden maze, glass conservatory with grotto, a pond and gazebo area and two lovely lawn settings, perfect for a picnic. http://www.dunsmuir-hellman.com/home.html

If you want to keep it more local, a stroll through Evergreen Nursery is especially nice this year. With beautiful displays & our wonderful Koi pond, you’re sure to find something for your own garden.