Heritage orchard to grow by 300 apricot trees as city, museum ready installation

By January 16, 2024March 1st, 2024In The News

Town Crier Staff Report/Los Altos Town Crier

Los Altos residents will soon be seeing firsthand the progress of Los Altos leaders’ efforts to restore a landmark heritage apricot orchard at the city’s civic center.

Approximately 300 young Blenheim apricot trees are ready for planting in the city’s 10-acre orchard surrounding the city hall. A new drip irrigation system has been installed and the ground has been prepared to receive the trees, which have been grown in pots for a year prior.

Elisabeth Ward, executive director of the Los Altos History Museum which is overseeing the work, said the trees are set for planting over the next few weeks.

This is the second time the city has set out to plant a large number of trees in the orchard. Approximately five years ago, roughly 100 saplings were planted, but many did not take.

“These trees are more developed and will have a much better chance of successfully rooting than the saplings used last time,” Ward said…more.


Orchard lands at the Los Altos civic center await the arrival of 300 new apricot trees as part of a major restoration effort at the 10-acre orchard, deemed a historical landmark. Shelly Bowers/Special to the Town Crier