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First planted by John "Don Juan" Temple in the 1840s, the Rancho's gardens and grounds reflect over 100 years of growth, use and change. In 1931, renowned landscape architect Ralph Cornell created an estate garden for Llewellyn Sr. and Avis Bixby, preserving Temple's remaining trees, reintroducing flora that was here in the 19th century, and adding fruit trees and native plants. Tour the grounds with a garden docent and enjoy historic roses, exotic plants, and the herb garden. Learn about the importance of water to the development of the area as you stand by the wooden water tower and tank, or explore the history of the hide and tallow trade while examining the old tallow pot. Hear stories about the challenges faced when restoring the orchard, or familiarize yourself with the magnificent Moreton Bay Fig tree that dominates the backyard. And enjoy the beauty and aromas of the changing seasons as you return again and again to stroll the serene gardens! Then, after visiting the gardens, enjoy a free docent-led tour of the adobe house and browse through the Museum Shop.
Also, please note that construction of the Visitor Education Center and rehabilitation of the Arroyo begins March 1. As on-site parking will be limited, overflow parking will be available on Virginia Road.
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site 4600 Virginia Road + Long Beach
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