February 2, 2021

Walnut Creek: Heather Farm Park + Gardens at Heather Farm; things to do

Greater East Bay

Heather Farm Park 

301 N. Carlos Dr., off Ygnacio Valley Rd., (925) 943-5858. Daily dawn-dusk. Free. Dogs ok. 

This city park is aimed at locals, with volleyball courts, tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, a colorful and extensive playground, a skate park, an equestrian center, and a dog park, as well as a nature preserve, fishing pond, and duck pond. Whew! At Heather Farm Park, it’s first come, first served for the picnic areas, except for one group area that can be reserved. A road loops conveniently through the facilities, and there are plenty of places to park. 

memorial rock in Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, California
memorial rock in Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek, California

Gardens at Heather Farm  

1540 Marchbanks Dr./Ygnacio Valley Rd., (925) 947-1678. Open daily dawn to dusk. Free. 

overview of gardens in Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, California
overview of gardens in Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, California

Part garden, part education center, and operated by a non profit, the Gardens at Heather Farm adjacent space is independent of the park and is dedicated to sharing knowledge about horticulture and conservation. A 6-acre garden is adjacent to the park’s west side and includes a sensory section with plants that can be touched and smelled, an English lawn garden, a rose garden with more than 1,000 bushes, and a Children’s Adventure Garden. A tranquil lagoon and nature preserve is home to a variety of waterfowl. 

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  1. Thanks, Carole. I loved the ideas in your book and will check out your blog.

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