The magic of John Muir lives today in our public parklands and wilderness areas, the orchards and vineyards of Contra Costa County, sunsets atop Mt. Wanda, and in writings and teachings that spread the word about nature and our place in it.

John Muir National Historic Site
California Native Plant Garden

An ever-changing delight awaits you at the new California Native Plant Garden surrounding the John Muir National Historic Site Visitor Center.

Observe the colors, patterns, textures and fragrances of blossoms and aromatic leaves as this new garden puts down roots and takes hold. Learn the preferred growing conditions of a diversity of native plants. You may see one that would enhance your corner of the state and you, too, could “restore” a bit of native California.

John Muir had an abiding passion for native plants and had an important role as one of the great botanical collectors of his day. The Garden creates a space that honors Muir’s love of native plants.

Greg Wolford—a dedicated professional in the design and installation of native plant landscapes—created natural, free-flowing settings to display an array of native plants tied together with interweaving gravel paths and sculpted terrain.

A free handout for plant location and identification is available at the Visitor Center during regular hours. Download a copy now; a full-sized print is legal size (11 x 14 inches), both sides (or two pages).

The John Muir National Historic Site California Native Plant Coloring Book and Garden Guide is no longer available. We hope to offer a revised book soon.

The Guide provides a way to learn about the plants and how to use them in your own home gardens. The Guide was published with funds collected in tribute to the dedicated John Muir National Historic Site volunteer gardener, Ray Egbert. The Garden was made possible in part through donations by the John Muir Association. Future plans include expanding the garden into a wider area surrounding the Visitor Center. Contributions are always welcome to support this and other projects.





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