|Among the features of the Homestead Acre are the extensive gardens
that surround the cottage and museum. At the foot of the Santa Susana
mountains, backed by native oaks and chaparral, the gardens portray 'a
little bit of yesterday' with blooming plants, large sandstone boulders
and a natural creek.
A Garden Scene
In their present state of development, the gardens surrounding the redwood Pioneer Cottage reflect a California garden style that was popular in the suburban areas about 1910.
Pioneer Cottage and Surrounding Plants
Many fruit trees and numerous old-fashioned exotic
On the east of the property an enormous hybrid
At the front (south) of the Acre the Sheila M. Watts memorial raised
planter bed has recently been completed.
The Sheila M. Watts Memorial Garden
In the last year, two small areas have been planted with California
native plants exclusively. Backed by California native shrubs, the
newest garden is a small demonstration of the historical native grasses
and wildflowers that once covered the San Fernando Valley.