History

 

The Markham Regional Arboretum Society began in 1981 with a small group of Concord citizens who loved gardens. Their goal was to turn sixteen acres of land, a portion of which had been sold to the City of Concord by Ira and Bee Markham in 1966, into a beautiful arboretum.

 

They wanted to fulfill the Markham’s dream of leaving a legacy of natural beauty for all the people of the region to enjoy. It was a vision of a place full of unique and interesting trees, shrubs, and

plants from all around the world that thrive in our inland—yet marine-influenced climate—hot days and cool nights in the summer, with cold, frosty nights in winter time.

 

Today Markham Nature Park and Arboretum is a place of quiet beauty less than 20 blocks from downtown Concord. With its main entrance at the south end of La Vista Avenue, much of it is still in its natural state, with vegetation only slightly tamed. Shade-dappled Galindo Creek flows through it.

 

Stroll along the paths or pause in a sunny meadow to count the birds and butterflies. The International Garden is a place to see a large variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and vines arranged

by country or continent of origin. It is a place where people can walk and admire unique plants and trees that grow well in our area. It is a place where people can learn about the huge variety of plants that can be grown in their own back yards. It is a forum for landscape professionals, as well as a laboratory for the weekend gardener.

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Park Hours
Open from dawn till dusk
365 days a year

Free Admission

Plenty of Free Parking

2.4 miles of trails

International Garden
Learn which plants from around the globe will work in your garden.

Tree Walk
Take an hour stroll and learn
about more than 35 trees.

Plant Sales Every Tuesday
9am till Noon year round at the Nursery. Turn left on the gravel road just before the main entrance to the park.

2014 Saturday Sales
From 9am till 1pm
March 22
April 19

May 3 & 4

May 17

June 14

September 13

October 19

Plant Sale Location
1202 La Vista Avenue
Concord, Ca 94521

Park Rental
Rental information for the
Bud Hansen Wisteria Arbor
is available from the City of Concord at 925-671-3466
and at their Website.