The Gardens

Senkbeil Grove: A cheerful and colorful yard nestled in the rolling hills of Lamb Valley. You'll find winding stone pathways sprinkled with blooming bulbs and brilliant annuals. A green island has an array of Ornamental Plum trees, Crepe Myrtles and fruitless Mulberry trees provide a place to relax next to a peaceful patio. Sit beneath an old oak tree or spread a blanket among the orange grove for a sweet spot to picnic, plenty of grassy play areas for free range children.

FreeHeart Farm and Event Center – Established in 1998 in the lovely Lamb Valley by Larry and Lynn Rolston, there are many gardens on the farm.  A redwood grove in the front of the house provides shade and a tranquil setting.  Behind the barn is a formal rose garden with a fountain and patio that can be rented for weddings and other special events or dinners. Finally, you must visit the new event center which includes a pond and dry creek. The event center is adorned with metal art pieces by local Northern California artists. Picnic spaces and refreshments will be available. Look for our special parking entrance.

The Garden at Good Humus – Established in the Hungry Hollow area in 1984 by owners Jeff and Annie Main, this 20 acre organic farm grows flowers, herbs, fruits and is a source of beauty. Many flower garden plants came from Annie’s grandmother’s garden. Flowering trees and shrubs, native hedgerows and Australian Beefwood create borders, leaving central areas for vegetables, flowers and the stone fruit orchards. Bring your picnic and walk the paths to find the perfect spot for a family lunch. Sale items include plants, fresh flower bouquets, jams, jellies and dried fruit. Returning in 2017 – Join the Garden at Good Humus on Saturday, May 13 for Hats and High Tea!

McDonald Orchards –  Our family farm in the Capay Valley grows mostly walnuts and almonds. Started from scratch about 25 years ago, the farm has long been powered by solar and wind. Tucked in the middle of the orchards are the main farmhouse and gardens, along with a few wandering chickens. You can see raised vegetable garden beds, as well as a variety of railroad tie and rock gardens featuring myriads of gloriously colorful annual and perennial flowers, plants and shrubs.  Best of all, mixed in with the flowers and trees are beautiful ponds, creeks, fountains, and waterfalls from two to twenty feet in size. Come visit and picnic – there are lots of places to sit and wander.  Plus, this year we have fresh eggs for sale, courtesy of our free running chickens (which we do our best to keep fenced out of our yard!).  Look forward to seeing you

Séka Hills Olive Mill – This innovative addition to our valley welcomes mothers with complementary wine tasting and chocolate covered strawberries. Enjoy lunch on the patio and sample wines, olive oils, nuts, and wildflower honey.

Will Baker Native Plant Garden- A community-based project whose goal is to create and tend an educational and beautiful garden, and a memorial to Will Baker, longtime local resident, author, UC Davis Professor, farmer, cowboy, and poet. New in 2017- Come spend some time in the sun and look around the little market. Also new in 2017 Kids crafts from 10:30-11:30 and 1:30-3:30

Leap Frog Farm – This small organic farm grows heirloom vegetables and fruit trees.  Native plant hedgerows and Mediterranean shrubs surround a grove of cottonwoods, shading picnic spots for lunch, with a view of this year's young goats.  Learn about building a straw bale house.  Veggies and eggs will be for sale, as well as t-shirts silk- screened with original drawings of vegetables and farm animals.  Live music will be through out the day. New in 2017– Farm tour starting at 2pm.

Full Belly Farm Gardens and Event Center – There are so many gardens here at the farm it is difficult to chose which one to see first! Join us for the grand opening of our Full Belly Kitchen and the newly planted drought-wise gardens surrounding it. Tour the event space and kitchen facilities. Next, swing by the straw bale house which is encircled by a berm covered in drought tolerant and California native plants. Gravel paths around the house take you past beds of Yucca and other succulents as well as through plantings of Euphorbias and lavender. Stroll through the acres of cut flowers where you will see perennials and annuals in full bloom. The rose arbor garden boasts 15 year old perennial plantings of a delicious mix of shrubs and trees. Finally, don’t forget your picnic lunch to be enjoyed on the grassy lawn area surrounded by the newly planted brick berm. Farm fresh goodies, including strawberries and flowers, will be for sale. Returning in 2017 – "Pick Your Own Bouquet after the workshop at 11:30AM and 2PM ."  

Cache Creek Lavender – Visit this working family-owned lavender farm, where lavender is grown in the French tradition.  Established in 1997, there are plantings of different lavender cultivars and a Farm Shop where you can purchase lavender gifts – soap, lavender oils, dried lavender blossoms, bath salts, cooking lavender, pillows and other items.  Bring a picnic and relax among the lavender plants. The first 20 visitors will receive a free lavender gift.

Points of Interest

Esparto Regional Library Garden-Bring your questions and talk to the Master Gardeners when you pick up your tickets in Esparto.  

Capay Valley Vineyards – Complementary wine tasting and souvenir glass for Mom.  Wine tasting includes several varieties including Sparklings !  You can picnic here with a view of the green growing vineyard. Your hosts will be happy to discuss all aspects of growing wine.

Vernon Nichols Community Park- Come enjoy your boxed lunch in the sun! a great place to sit and enjoy the sounds of the creek and let your kids play.

Western Yolo Grange – Purchase your boxed lunches here! Local crafts and plants available to purchase.

Chamisa Ridge Nursery –  A wholesale nursery featuring plants suited to the arid west and to non-irrigated gardens.  Their unique species are not readily available in the nursery trade and not often encountered in the landscape. They have put an emphasis on western natives, including beneficial bird and insect plants for agricultural lands, public landscapes, and private gardens.

Rumsey Town Hall – Built in 1903, enjoy the picnic area and restrooms.