From the Rose Garden to the Tilden Botanic Garden
Date & time: Saturday, April 1 @ 9:30 a.m.
Leader: Mary Lynch
Start: Berkeley Rose Garden (1200 Euclid Ave.)
No fooling: This walk will show off two of our favorite public gardens in all their spring glory. Consider arriving early to stroll through the Berkeley Rose Garden before we set off. This Berkeley landmark was built in the late 1930’s with State and Federal funds, including from the WPA. The first half of Mary’s five-mile, moderately paced walk will be quite strenuous. We’ll climb eight sets of steep stairs, some with very uneven footing and some without hand rails, and cross two small creeks on our way to Tilden and the Regional Parks Botanic Garden. This ten-acre public treasure opened in 1940 and features the native plants of California. A docent will review the history of the garden and guide us through some of its creek-side beds. We’ll return via more paths, including Scott Newhall, one of the few flat, north-south running paths, and the three-part Glendale Path. This whole excursion will take about 3 1/2 hours. Expect a vigorous workout and some muddy patches. Bring hiking poles if you use them. As a bonus, you’ll receive a play list of songs about gardens.