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Garden History of Monterey | Ryan Ranch + Offsite (Closed)

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Course Description:

Garden landscaping styles of the Monterey Peninsula range from utilitarian kitchen gardens of the Spanish colonists to Rudolph Ulrich’s “cornucopia of the world’s flora” at the Hotel del Monte, the Pebble Beach estates of Thomas Church, and civic projects by modernist masters Lawrence Halprin and Garret Eckbo. This talk will explore the rich horticultural history of Monterey and the surrounding communities. A walking tour of the downtown walled adobe gardens, described by the Monterey Historic Park District as the “Secret Gardens of Old Monterey,” led by David Laws and Mimi Sheridan, will complement the talk.


Tuition: $30.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Thursdays, Apr. 20, 27 *10:00am - noon* (2 sessions)


First session of this course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. Locations for the second session will be discussed in the first session as well as emailed to participants. Seats are limited.


David Laws writes about gardens for books, magazines, newspapers, and online publications, including Pacific Horticulture. He is a former vice president of the California Garden and Landscape History Society. Mimi Sheridan is an architectural and landscape historian with a master’s degree in urban planning and historic preservation from the University of Washington.