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