Tour the Historic Rancho Los Cerritos Garden on Sundays
2010-03-10 · By Editor
Rancho Los Cerritos is a lovely tour any time of year, but the arrival of spring is the perfect time for a guided tour of its lush grounds. Discover the history of the gardens as you stroll past the 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 worth exploring during the tour.
Docents will lead a Garden Tour every half-hour from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. After strolling the garden, take a tour of the adobe house, browse through the Museum Gift Shop and purchase jam made from the Rancho’s organic fruit trees.
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is located at 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach (One block west of Long Beach Blvd. at San Antonio Drive). The Rancho is open free of charge Wednesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Groups of ten or more are requested to make reservations for guided tours of the house and/or gardens at least two weeks in advance. For special accommodations, please call at least 48 hours in advance.
For more information about Rancho Los Cerritos, call (562) 570-1755.