See www.parks.ca.gov for the complete text and map information. Contact the Museum Of Monterey (MOM) for other bits of historic interest. And as a personal note.... a very happy birthday wish to little Luca. See you in Twain Harte! And a shout out to an incredible Lady who's service at the Seattle Labor Temple's Food Bank has been nothing short of amazing. She has helped hundreds perhaps thousands survive...her nickname "the Great Gazelle".

By the way, anybody knowing anything about the legends surrounding the old Bull & Bear Inn off of Scott and Van Buren send them in.

House of the Blue Gate

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Casa Soberanes Garden
The "House of the Blue Gate" is famous for its entrance gate and the Monterey Cypress hedge that drapes over the sidewalks and grounds of this lovely old adobe. Abalone shells and wine bottles form borders along terraced garden walkways and planters. A long, wooden trellis provides shade during rare hot days in Monterey. Located at the corner of Pacific Street and Del Monte Avenue


First Theatre Garden

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California's First Theatre Garden
The First Theatre borders a garden that represents a planting theme popular in the 1920s and 30s in Monterey. Huge Monterey Cypress trees frame the succulents growing throughout the garden. Located on the corner of Pacific and Scott Streets.


Cooper-Malera Garden

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Cooper-Molera Garden
Located behind tall adobe walls, this garden best represents the methods and plantings available in the 1860s in California. Even though the garden is less than 20 years old, it tells the true story of Old Monterey before piped water, pesticides, and modern tools came into existence. Also found here are barns, farm animals, picnic tables and an opportunity for quiet reflection on the past. Located at the corner of Munras Avenue and Polk Street.


Other Magnificent Gardens of Monterey

Custom House Garden
Situated on the grounds of the oldest government building in California is a small collection of cactus that were gathered from areas of the southwest in the 1920s. This drought-resistant garden has excellent views of the Monterey Harbor. Located in Custom House Plaza.

Larkin Garden
The Larkin House Garden reflects back to Larkin's New England heritage but was developed in the 1920-50s by Larkin's granddaughter. Stone walls isolate the hustle and bustle of the city, leaving a quiet, peaceful garden. An old well, arbor, and lush vegetation add to this lovely garden. Located between Calle Principal and Pacific at Jefferson Street. Enjoy!

Sensory Garden
Planted for the sake of the senses, one can find color, taste, scent, touch and just plain beauty in this special garden.

Stevenson Garden
Developed in the 1920s and 30s, the garden reflects on a romanticized version of what people believed early Mexican gardens looked like. The use of trees, plantings and meandering walkways make this special garden a very quiet and restful experience. One can imagine seeing Robert Louis Stevenson looking out his bedroom in the distance. Located at 530 Houston Street.

Whaling Station/First Brick House Garden
Tucked away from the maddening crowd, this lovely garden is popular for its roses, Australian Tea Tree and winding brick walkways. The garden is a tribute to the past but is surrounded by Heritage Harbor. A challenge to find....but it is worth the time. Located in the Heritage Harbor off Pacific Street.