Historic Orchard

The Historic Orchard is a 3.3-acre site planted in 1994 and located in Guadalupe Gardens just south of Taylor Street, adjacent to the Heritage Rose Garden and River Park trails. The orchard was planted with over 200 fruit trees: cherries, apricots, prunes, apples, and more, that were grown in the Valley over the last century. A map of the orchard shows what kinds of trees have grown where. It is maintained by dedicated volunteers who believe in preserving our community’s history. Learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

 

The orchard is a living example of an earlier lifestyle and the economy that once drove the Santa Clara Valley. In the 1930s and ’40s almost everyone who lived here was engaged in the business of fruit production: growing, picking, packing, canning, selling, or otherwise supporting the industry. Today, with very few orchards remaining, this is a place where adults and children can come to experience a piece of local history.

 

The orchard is currently going through a restoration. Read more about the project.

 

Fruit harvested from the Historic Orchard is donated to Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and local shelters.

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