Natural Sciences Guild Day Trip | Exploring Unknown Gems of Hayward: Japanese Gardens and Public Art Murals
Where would you look for the oldest Japanese garden in California? Would you guess Hayward? Located in the middle of downtown, between two branches of San Lorenzo Creek, these highly manicured grounds are at the north end of a wild and mostly fenced park that follows the San Lorenzo Creek as it heads southwest. Designed by master gardener Kimio Kimura, the 3.5-acre gardens are filled with imaginatively shaped trees, shrubs and granite boulders. This serene site offers a respite from the bustle of urban life. The site includes a koi pond, teahouse and several viewing pavilions set along the creek side. Japanese and native Californian trees, rocks and plants are placed in the traditional Japanese style.
Join the Natural Sciences Guild for this easy walk and lecture. Lunch will be at a downtown restaurant before embarking on a tour of one of the more unusual graffiti abatement projects in the area with a representative from the City of Hayward. The City works with local artists to install murals in an effort to fight blight and improve neighborhoods. With more than a dozen wall murals, fifteen library return boxes, two schools, twelve tile transit benches, and thirty utility boxes already painted, local businesses and communities have responded positively to these enduring artistic representations of Hayward’s rich cultural diversity and history. In the basement of City Hall, shock absorbers hold up the building—an innovation in earthquake construction.
Cost: $25/person. Includes guided tours, lunch, and afternoon snack.
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