National Garden Day is Friday, May 11, and Mother's Day - when more flowers are delivered than any other day - is Sunday, May 13. So it's only natural that this month's Second Saturday Walk with the Mayor focuses on gardening.
On Saturday, May 12, Mayor Bob Simmons will lead walkers on a four-mile route to visit three significant Walnut Creek gardens: The Ruth Bancroft Garden, the Gardens at Heather Farm, and “Our Garden,” a project of the Contra Costa Master Gardeners and the Contra Costa Times.
The walk begins at 10 a.m. at the community center at Heather Farm Park, and will last about two hours.
Each week during the growing season at Our Garden, the Master Gardeners conduct a free class for anyone interested. During the course of the season last year, the Master Gardeners harvested nearly 2,000 pounds of food and donated it to the Monument Crisis Center, which used the fresh vegetables in providing healthy food to those in need.
In addition to learning about Our Garden, other highlights include brief overviews from docents at the world-renowned Ruth Bancroft Garden, and a tour of the Gardens at Heather Farm.
Second Saturday Walks with the Mayor are part of “Walnut Creek Walks,” a yearlong initiative to promote walking as a pathway to good health and an entrée to discovering allWalnut Creek has to offer on foot.
In addition to the “Second Saturday Walks,” Walnut Creek Walks offers an Open Space Adventurer program for kids 12 and under, and an online Walnut Creek Walks Challenge with prizes and milestone recognition for those who log their miles.
To learn more about Walnut Creek Walks, visit www.walnut-creek.org/walks.
Story courtesy of the City of Walnut Creek.