Historic Garden Restoration

Friends of Hearst Castle supports the historic restoration of the Monumentís formal gardens, which were designed by W. R. Hearst and his architect Julia Morgan in a Mediterranean style.

As with all gardens, those on the Enchanted Hill have changed over the years; old trees have blown down in storms; others have grown to shade areas once sunny; changes have been made to accommodate the many visitors; and small incremental changes have accumulated over the 50 years since W.R. Hearst died.

Castle staff performed meticulous research to prepare for the Garden Restoration project. Curators have identified the original plant species used and their placement on the grounds of the world-famous estate located in San Simeon, California. The detailed research utilized old photographs, historical records and letters written by William Randolph Hearst and Castle architect Julia Morgan. The five-year restoration plan includes the re-introduction of over 90 plant species to the Hilltop.

Castle staff performed meticulous research to prepare for the Garden Restoration project.

Friends of Hearst Castle has just completed a two-year partnership with California Garden Clubs, Inc. to raise funds for the project. FHC is very grateful for the support of CGCI's many member clubs, and, especially, president Bob Gordon, for making this effort his "President's Project." Over $20,000 was raised by CGCI, which will be matched by funds provided by FHC.

Friends of Hearst Castle would like to thank the hundreds of gardeners and garden clubs that made this effort a success, and especially recognize the following major contributors:

National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Rotary Club SLO Charities, Inc.
California Rare Fruit Growers
California Garden Clubs, Inc.
Lafayette Garden Club
Ron's R & R Nursery, Inc.
Fallbrook Garden Club
Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club
Canyon Crest Garden Club
Gordonís Floral Design Studio
Mendo-Lake Garden Club District
Hermosa Garden Club
Desert Empire Garden Club District
Eden Garden Club

Now you can help fund the restoration of this important cultural resource and have all the benefits of membership in Friends of Hearst Castle, a non-profit cooperating association. You'll enjoy free tour passes and a 10% gift shop discount, plus our newsletter, "Friends Chronicle", along with priority invitations to our exclusive Castle events.

With your support, we can restore these gardens to their original splendor for the enjoyment and enrichment of generations to come. Thank you!

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