The Ranch House
Built by the Nieto family on a hilltop adjacent to Puvunga, this abode was used as a home for the horses and the rancho vaqueros, since the native families never actually resided here. It is believed that the most valuable commodity for the natives was the freshwater spring under the hill. Visitors may learn about the history of the ranch house, all the way into the 1800s, giving you a glimpse of the life of the people who lived here.
The Gardens at Rancho Los Alamitos
These gardens are more than just large green spaces, they’re prominent historical sites. Developed in the 1920s by Florence Bixby, this was one of the most defining eras in the advent of large and moderately sized gardens in Southern California. An excess of money from the oil, real estate, and movie profits funded an ideal environment for the creation of beautiful and exquisite gardens without competition. For visitors, this is a treasure trove of historical knowledge as well as a nice place to sit, relax, and be taken aback by the sheer work and craftsmanship that has gone into these gardens.
Barns in Winter
Barns in Winter presents a chance to see the usual activities of a ranch or farm. These typically take place in the early spring, though the dates change from time to time depending on the season and weather conditions – so if this holds your interest, be sure to follow the website! Activities here include live sheep shearing, preparations of ranch-themed meals with tasting, and an event where you use the tools at your disposal to make a take-away craft for your home. The activities here are a great way to spend time with your family! Barns in Winter is currently scheduled for Saturday, March 18, 2017, with a fee of $7 per person.
Springtime in the Gardens
Guided by the ranch’s exclusive historical gardens expert, Janet Brown Becker, visitors can join a curated tour of the gardens. Spring is a great time to enjoy the ranch’s nationally recognized gardens as all the plants are blooming and the scenery is breathtaking! Ms. Becker graduated from Berkeley with a degree in landscape architecture (with a specialization in California garden design).
Photo: Rancho Los Alamitos