Orchard Walks Share Apricots, Green Space and History

By March 12, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (March 12, 2019) – Salute spring by bringing friends and family for guided walks through the Los Altos Civic Center Apricot Orchard, produced by Los Altos History Museum in cooperation with Los Altos Library. The informative Orchard Walks will take place every Saturday morning in April as guides take residents through the orchard, sharing stories of its past, present and future. Each tour begins at the back door of Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, with free parking available at the library and next door at Los Altos Civic Center.

April 6, author Robin Chapman will lead her “Orchard Entrepreneurs” walk, as she explores the roots of the valley’s innovation, which blossomed in the early years after the Gold Rush as orchards began to flourish around San Francisco Bay.

April 13, orchardist Phil Doetsch helps locals better understand what it takes to grow healthy apricot trees and why these imports from China (brought here by the Spanish) found such a happy home in this region.

April 20, historian and Los Altos History Museum Deputy Director, Heather Farquhar, tells the story of J. Gilbert Smith and his wife Margaret and how their hard work helped nurture home and orchard and preserve both for us to enjoy today.

April 27, scientist Jane Packard, an expert on biodiversity, helps us better understand this urban green space, as well as the creatures, plants and pollinators that share its richness.

All the walks begin at 11am, will be on paved walkways, and will go forward in rain or sunshine. The walks are free and welcoming for all ages. They will last an hour and involve an easy stroll around the Los Altos Civic Center Apricot Orchard, a Los Altos City Historic Landmark.

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to: www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org