Sunset Magazine GardenSunset Magazine has been the go-to guide for California homemakers, cooks, and gardeners for over 110 years. Its offices are located close to Palo Alto, and its surrounding gardens are open to the public for free during the week. The carefully planned grounds are like a miniature replica of the diverse topography of the state the Magazine mainly serves.
The garden was revamped in 2000, by Beverly Srajeant and Chris Jacobsen of Garden Art. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Sunset Celebration Rose, named in honor of the Magazine’s centennial in 1998. If you plan to visit with a group of 10 or more, call the Sunset office first to make a reservation. That number is (650) 321-3600.
A Microcosm of California’s Plant Life
The section of the garden devoted to Northern California includes coastal live oaks and valley oaks. It’s kept pretty dry to prevent fungal diseases. The area representing Southern California and the desert is even more arid, with Sycamore trees, chaparral, and ceanothus. Other sections include the Northwest (Japanese maples), Central California (camellias and pines), and the Lawn (grass!).
Get a sneak peak at what might be in the magazine’s next issue. The Test Garden is where Sunset staffers try out new gardening gadgets and evaluate plants for possible articles. A lot of what they grow is for food gardens—remember, they have recipes too!—so pesticides are non-toxic in this sector.