Garden Masters: Rewilding a California Ranch and Garden

Garden Masters: Rewilding a California Ranch and Garden

Rancho Santa Clara del Norte

Sun, May 7, 2023
10:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Spend the day exploring the gardens, grounds, and orchards of Rancho Santa Clara del Norte, an 1837 Mexican land grant. Tom Lloyd-Butler, a fifth-generation descendant, will guide you around the ranch’s 200-year-old adobe house and six acres of landscaped grounds—home to nearly 6,000 trees and plants representing 600 species and cultivars. Join Tom and members of the ranch staff for lunch on the porch, featuring a menu drawn from the ranch’s produce and lovingly prepared at home.

The 1,250-acre ranch tells two stories: The first is its long history of plant and wildlife dating from the modern, colonial, and Native American periods. Its plant collections include hundreds of new palms and cycads, Victorian-era ferns, begonias, and edible and remedial native salvias. The second story involves the symbiotic connection between the gardens and the thriving farming operations. Native plants culled from the riparian and pasture lands support a biodiverse insect population with more than 126 species of native bees, and its stumpery gardens support thriving fungal networks that improve the quality of our soils. 

Rancho Santa Clara del Norte
Somis, California

Date and time
Sunday, May 7, 2023
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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