Saturday, April 25, 2009
A visit to La Huerta
On Earth Day we stopped by at the Mission Garden's Open House ("la huerta" means "garden" in Spanish). This little gem is hard to find -- it's down to the west of the parking lot beside the Old Mission -- but definitely worth the trouble. It's a project of Jerry Sortomme and a number of dedicated volunteers: they are collecting plant specimens from original mission and ranch locations and propagating and displaying them here. They have figs and grapes from several missions and tiny sweet wild strawberries from Rancho San Julien, just to name a few. Very exciting!