Last year we were a little earlier for the spring wildflowers and then the flowers are a little earlier this year – and yet we had another beautiful walk in Garland Ranch- Monterrey County.
I can’t resist this kind of entrance to a park. There is a year-round entrance downstream.
and wandering around the farmstead – The dairy was settled by Martin Tomasini in 1873. It went through several families until it was sold to the Park District in 1990.I had to spend a little time with the farm equipment. All protected or kept from each other with rail fences.
The globe lily fortunately caught Mike’s eye. This pair was the only one we saw.In the drier areas there was plenty of vetch.Lupines, poppies and statice filled spaces among the grasses in the almost dry meadow. Oh and some flower facilitators.
Words by Lynn Millar, pictures by Lynn and Mike Millar
Location: Garland Ranch Regional Park 700 West Carmel Valley Road (approx 8.6 miles east of Highway 1 or 1 mile west of Laureles Grade)
Hours: 7 days/week, sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
Wheelchair: Certainly some of the lower trails. Use main entrance – not the summer bridge.
Picnic: Near the Visitor Center
Benches: Scattered through the park.
Bathroom: near the Visitor Center – flush, cold water.