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Gardens

Heritage Museum garden roses

The historic buildings at Heritage Museum are set among a variety of lovely garden and lawn areas.

A formal rose garden displays blooms of all colors and styles. Small paths criss-cross between the plants, providing close-up views. White pergolas covered with climbing roses and old-fashioned lamp-posts accent the area.

Citrus groves cover several areas of the grounds, producing fragrant blossoms followed by oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and tangerines. The fruit from these trees is served to visiting school children as part of several of the museum’s educational programs.

A stately “wedding lawn” lined with magnolia and jacaranda trees begins directly across the path from the Maag House and runs to a large lawn area. An old-fashioned gazebo, stage for countless beautiful weddings, stands at its head, and two dramatic camphor trees provide a spectacular backdrop.

 

Heritage Museum garden pavilion

 

The Kellogg House is set among tree-shaded lawns and seasonal flower beds. A 3-tiered fountain sparkles in front of the house, and other flower beds and trees grace the surrounding brick plaza. Prominent among these is a stately oak tree planted here by the Fluor family.

Beside the Kellogg house’s back porch, a small raised lawn is set with garden benches that invite guests to sit and listen to the bubbling fountain pots just below.

Further behind the house are a large covered pavilion, a small stage, and a dance area that are available for all types of private and corporate events. A lattice-covered pathway adorned with pink jasmine and surrounded by citrus trees leads between this area and the front of the Kellogg House.

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