Visit Sunset's gardens
See what's blooming here in spring, then visit our grounds in person
Welcome to Sunset's gardens in Menlo Park, CA. The grounds here are part of our lab for Western living, where editors and staff test their ideas.
The garden was originally designed by Thomas Church, the dean of Western landscape architects. A 2000 renovation by Chris Jacobson and Beverly Sarjeant added a fresh new look but kept much of the original border, with distinct areas representing the major climate zones of the West.
Here, 'Blue Ribbon' Dutch iris and pheasant’s-tail grass (Stipa arundinacea) frame the view.
Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of our garden any workday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m, but please note that the gardens close for the last two weeks of May and first week of June during setup for our annual Celebration Weekend festival. Groups of 10 or more should call ahead for reservations at (650) 321-3600 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Location: 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA.
Here, a meadow-like mix of grasses offers a fluffy contrast to the turf grass and a sprawling valley oak.
Japanese maples ― yellow ‘Bon Fire’, apple-green ‘Sigure Bato’, and finely divided, deep red ‘Tamukeyama’ ― provide splashes of bright colors.
Because we’re in a warm-winter area (Sunset climate zone 15), tulips don’t overwinter well here, so new bulbs are ordered and planted each fall.
Nope, it’s a tulip. To be precise, it’s a member of the Darwin Hybrid group called ‘Double Beauty of Apeldoorn’. (Apeldoorn is a city in the Netherlands.)
This rose variety, named for Sunset magazine’s 100th anniversary in 1998, is exceptionally disease-resistant and has a fruity fragrance.
‘Dreamland’ tulips on long slender stems are underplanted with charming ‘Antique Shades’ pansies; the easy-care shrub Loropetalum chinense ‘Sizzling Pink’ provides a dose of hot magenta.
Euphorbia characias wulfenii
Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of our garden any workday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should call ahead for reservations at (650) 321-3600 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please note that no tours will be held from May 23, 2011 through June 12, 2011 for setup and cleanup of Celebration Weekend. Location: 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA.