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Historic Garden League


Historic Garden League mission is to sup­port the development, knowledge, preservation, and appreciation of the historic gardens and significant buildings of Old Monterey.

The Big Idea

The gardens of Old Monterey are often referred to as a “best-kept secret.” Blooming year-round, these gardens offer beautiful surprises set among arbors, fountains and walkways bordered by abalone shells. Some of the gardens, however, are not receiving the care they need, and the Historic Garden League wants to study their history and uncover (and restore) their beauty. Recently, the league partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to transform the Cooper Molera Adobe’s historic garden—complete with native plants, old roses and orchards reflecting what was historically grown—and the garden has quickly become a sought-after destination. The nonprofit’s volunteers also host garden tours and talks that connect garden design and composition to historical events.

When I moved to the Monterey area, I established Monterey Bay Food Tours. Recognizing the rich history of Monterey, we designed our walking food tour around unique tastings and iconic landmarks. The Casa Del Oro garden and Cooper Molera garden and orchards are favorite stops on our tours. We appreciate the dedication and care provided by Historic Garden League volunteers. They have created truly magical environments.

- Casey Aguilar

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

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The 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is active until August 1. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.