Long Beach Garden
Tours all summer long at Rancho Los Cerritos.
Calif.--Garden Tours at Rancho Los
Cerritos Historic Site
DATE: Every 1st Sunday at 2:30 p.m. March through October.
LOCATION: Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Road,
Long Beach (One block west of Long Beach Blvd. at San Antonio
COST: Free; by reservation only.
Rancho Los Cerritos is a
lovely tour any time of year. But there's a special event that
occurs during the summer months when locals and tourists celebrate
the arrival of the spring and summer seasons with a guided tour of
its lush grounds. Discover the history of the gardens as you stroll
lovely gardens where the
vibrant, colorful flowers are in bloom and delight in the
refreshing citrus fragrances in the restored orchard.
The historic site boasts many unique plants and features. Some trees
date back to the 1840s when John Temple, owner of the 27,000-acre
Rancho from 1844-1866, started the garden. In 1931, renowned
landscape architect Ralph Cornell redesigned the gardens for
Llewellyn Bixby, Sr. and added more exotic plants and fruit trees. A
water tower, a cast iron tallow pot from the 1840s, and an adobe
horno are additional features you will explore during your tour.
Afterward, take a docent-led tour of the adobe house, browse through
the Museum Gift Shop and purchase jam made from the Rancho’s organic
fruit trees. For more information or reservations, call (562)
570-1755. The Rancho is open Wednesday – Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
For special accommodations, please call at least 48 hours in
PRESENTED BY: This event is a joint presentation by Friends of
Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site,
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, City of Long Beach.