WPA Rock Garden

Easy to Locate?

Dog-Friendly?

Easy to Walk?

FREE?

Adequate Parking?

Restroom Facilities?

Yes

Yes

 Yes

Yes

Usually

Sort Of

These are some of the literally thousands of photos I’ve taken on my walks through the WPA Rock Garden in Sacramento, California.  The garden itself is only an acre, but sports a lovely array of plants, shrubs and trees, including several plants that are native to California.  Every season brings something new and different, and the place is often visited by migrating and resident birds, local ducks, butterflies, native bees and honey bees, and even an occasional chicken.  (I don’t know how that one got in there.  Hah!) 

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CLICK HERE for more images of the garden from April 22, 2013.

You can see other images taken at the garden by perusing the Posts on the Home Page.

Where the Garden is Located:

Located off of Land Park Drive in Sacramento, CA, adjacent to the Fairy Tale Town children’s park and the William A. Carroll Amphitheater, and across the street from the Sacramento Zoo,  the one-acre garden is open to the public.  There is no entrance fee; the place is dog-friendly, and the winding pathways are easy to walk.  There’s a gazebo to sit in if you get tired, and the paths in the garden open out to the William Land Park Duck Pond.  Parking is usually more than adequate unless there’s a big event going on.  There is a restroom, but you have to go through the garden and across the duck pond area to get to it, so… you might have to run fast.

Thank you to Google Maps for this Image.
Thank you to Google Maps for this Image.

The garden was initiated as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) work-relief program in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s.  The Depression had left a lot of artisans out of work, so the WPA put them on projects to help beautify their local cities and towns.  This garden was one of those projects.  By the late 1980’s, however, the funding for the garden had run out and it was in a sad state of disrepair and over-growth.  In 1988 the garden was taken over by Daisy Mah, who has degrees in Art and Horticulture. You can read more about Daisy and the garden in a detailed article written for aNewsCafe.com.