Monterey Secret Gardens

The "Secret Gardens of Old Monterey" Walking Tour

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The “Secret Gardens of Old Monterey” comprise a collection of gardens around historic adobe buildings in the Monterey State Historic Park. California’s first capital under Spanish rule, Monterey has preserved more of its heritage from this era than any other city in the state.

The gardens are found along a 2-mile “Path of History” beginning at Custom House Plaza near Old Fisherman’s Wharf. The route is designated by round yellow tile markers buried in the sidewalk.

The numbers below locate the gardens on a map that can be downloaded from the California State Parks website:

1. Custom House
2. Pacific House Memory Garden
3. Whaling Station
4. First Theatre
5. Casa de Oro
6. Casa Soberanes
7. Larkin House
8. Cooper Molera Period Garden*
9. Stevenson House

While all the gardens are relatively small, most of them offer tranquil settings where visitors walking Monterey’s “Path of History” can rest and enjoy plantings that, due to the mild climate, bloom for much of the year. Some contain fountains; others have arbors and quaint brick walkways. Several are hidden by walls or are tucked away off the beaten path,

* Currently under redevelopment

Pacific House Memory Garden. Photo: David Laws

Categories: See & Do: Parks, Gardens |
Tags: Hidden Gems |

At A Glance

20 Custom House Plaza
Monterey California

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