Garden Docent Class at Rancho Los Cerritos!
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Learn about the historic gardens at Rancho Los Cerritos and become a volunteer garden docent. This is a perfect opportunity for garden lovers who want to share their joy of plants with visitors from near and far! The serene 4.7 acres of landscaped grounds include trees from the mid-19th century, historic roses, exotic vegetation, an herb garden, an adobe horno and an old water tower. Learn about the early development of the gardens, their renovation in the 1930s by landscape architect Ralph Cornell, and new garden restoration work as you explore hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers in docent training.
You will have the opportunity to work closely with our horticulturist as she takes you on an enlightening, educational experience during the class. Upon completion of the course, you will be equipped with the knowledge to give garden tours and teach visitors about the rich history of the Rancho grounds.
Training sessions will be held held starting Friday, January 31 from 9 to 1 and continue for 4 more Fridays with the last class on February 28. Training will prepare volunteers to give tours of the rancho's gardens for the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5. Reservations requested; please call (562) 206.2045 or register on our website.
About Rancho Los Cerritos
4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach, CA 90807, US
The mission of Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is to restore and preserve the structure and grounds; collect appropriate resources; and interpret the relationship of the Rancho's diverse peoples to the development of the Long Beach area. This will be accomplished through a broad spectrum of educational programs, exhibits and publications designed to provide local residents, students, and other visitors with an understanding of the forces that shaped this region.
Once part of an early Spanish land grant, the 27,000 acre Rancho Los Cerritos evolved from cattle ranch to sheep ranch to private home before becoming a City Museum in 1955. The current 4.7 acre site, a National, State and local Historic Landmark, includes an 1844 two story Monterey-Colonial adobe and historic gardens, houses a California History Research Library and hosts many educational programs fro families and youth. The Rancho is open Wednesday through Sunday 1 -5 pm.
4600 Virginia RoadLong Beach, CA 90807
- Public Speaking
- People 55+
- Must be at least 18
- Training & one 4-hour shift per month