At the Gardens, we embrace every opportunity to educate those around us about the many benefits of nature. Studies have shown that fewer Americans have a relationship with nature than ever before in the history of our nation and that a connection with nature is vital for a person’s health and well-being.
Gardens like ours provide powerful health benefits, offering a setting for exercise, inspiration and relaxation, all known to lower stress levels and increase feelings of happiness. Gardens like ours serve as a living classroom to educate visitors about our natural world. Gardens like ours create a sense of purpose, a place to plant seeds.
Through the generous support of our donors, we planted many seeds in 2017:
- Delivered environmental science programs to over 17,000 K-5 students in Contra Costa County, providing instruction on pollination, composting, the water cycle, plant anatomy and more
- Encouraged the next generation of nature lovers with our weekly preschool programs about water, weather, wildlife, and the natural world they impact
- Celebrated diversity and cultural expression in our community as a venue for hundreds of weddings, memorials, meetings and social gatherings
- Created unforgettable moments for a wide range of visitors from all over the Bay Area with engaging classes, striking garden exhibits, and inspiring events
By making an end-of-year gift, YOU help plant a seed that will make a difference:
- Every seed planted about nature in a child’s mind continues to impact their lives forever and therefore helps to ensure the protection of our environment.
- Every seed planted provides a pesticide-free safe haven for birds, bees, butterflies and bugs, which have a critical role in keeping our environment healthy.
- Every seed planted enhances our exquisite venue creating truly unique events and lasting memories for everyone in our community.
- Every seed planted and nurtured enriches the beauty and serenity of the gardens and provides a beneficial oasis for all visitors.
Right now at the Gardens, construction is underway on three new capital improvement projects: A new greenhouse/shade house complex to support our propagation program, horticulture classes and plant sales; a new community garden for local families to grow their own food and garden with their children; and a new Children’s Garden, with surprise must-see features sure to delight and inspire our youngest visitors!