American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

South Orange County: Tree of Life, San Juan Capistrano Mission, and La Casa Pacifica
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Fri June, 08 - 11:30am to 6:00pm
South Orange County
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This tour is sold out. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Experience South Orange County through California native plants, Spanish Colonial history, and an historic coastal estate. Our tour begins with a visit to Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano. Tree of Life is the largest nursery in California dedicated to California native plants. Founded in 1978 it has been incredibly influential, helping to move California landscapes in a more sustainable and climate appropriate direction.

Our second stop is to the San Juan Capistrano Mission. The Mission was founded in 1776 by Spanish Catholics and was part of the California Mission system, which maintained 21 sites throughout what is now California and were important centers of commerce and culture in colonial era California. Our final stop is La Casa Pacifica, a 1926 Oceanfront Mansion in San Clemente. Once dubbed the Western Whitehouse due to the fact that it was owned by Richard Nixon, this estate hosted many travelling dignitaries and is a wonderful example of Spanish Revival Architecture. From La Casa Pacifica we’ll head up the coast to our closing reception at Casa Romantica.

Lunch is provided on this tour.


IMPORTANT NOTE: This tour will eventually end up at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens. For those who do not plan to attend the evening reception at Casa Romantica and would like to head back to the Disneyland Resort, a bus will be provided that will leave shortly after arriving at Casa Romantica. For those who have pre-registered and plan to attend the evening reception at Casa Romantica, transportation will be provided back to the Disneyland Resort following the event. These buses will depart at 8:30 p.m.