A history and tour of Blake Garden

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Prsented by the El Cerrito Historical Society

Presentation by the docents of the Blake Garden

This event is free. Attendance is limited. Please RSVP!

 Blake Garden took shape in the mid-1920s, when Kensington saw its first real development, as a 22-acre estate owned by brothers Anson and Edwin Blake, quarry owners and contractors.

Anson’s mansion, Casa Adelante, is today the Blake House, owned by the University of California. The gardens are used by landscape architecture students and feature more than a thousand types of plants. “It’s a ‘20s garden and it really hasn’t changed that much,” a former manager has called it.

We will tour the 10.5 acre garden, view the mansion from outside, and enjoy light refreshments in the garden after the tour.


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