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Exploring Greystone Mansion & Gardens Demonstration Garden
Greystone Demonstration Garden

Welcome to Greystone Demonstration Garden!

Demonstration Garden Greenhouse Demonstration Garden Greenhouse 2

 

Gardening Classes Summer 2018

ABOUT THE DEMONSTRATION GARDEN

The Greystone Demonstration Garden is a dedicated space for community gardening projects and education.  It's approximately 2150 square feet and sits on 18.3 acres of land at Greystone Mansion & Gardens:  The Doheny Estate, owned by the City of Beverly Hills.  This outdoor venue allows individuals to come together and learn about gardening, the benefits of locally grown, organic food that is environmentally friendly, sustainable and cost-effective. 

How the Garden Began

Barbara Linder, a life-long resident of Beverly Hills and community advocate, approached the City of Beverly Hills in 2010 to develop a community garden project.  Her goal was to bring community members together to learn how to garden organically at home through learned activities while having fun outdoors.  As a result of her advocacy, construction on the dedicated space at Greystone Mansion began in 2012 and the Demonstration Garden was officially dedicated on April 13, 2014.

 Demonstration Garden The Beginning

Barbara continues to volunteer and lead the efforts at the Greystone Demonstration Garden.  Over the years, individual gardeners, residents, students, 4-H Club members, Boy/Girl Scout troops, the City's staff and administration, master gardeners and volunteers have worked together to create a garden space filled with raised beds, compost systems, espaliered fruit trees and water conservation features.  

Special Thanks to Sponsors:

Photos above:  (left) Greystone Demonstration Garden Dedication and Ribbon Cutting on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  Present were Whole Foods and Armstrong Garden Center representatives, activist and volunteer Barbara Linder, Boy Scouts and 2014 City Council members, Councilmember Dr. William W. Brien, Vice Mayor Dr. Julian A. Gold, Mayor Lili Bosse.  (right) Construction of raised beds in 2014.  

Volunteer Opportunities

Big Sunday Volunteers

The Greystone Demonstration Garden is open year-round and seeks volunteers for various gardening tasks.  If interested, contact the City volunteer coordinator at 310-285-6840.

Pictured above:  Over 30 volunteers showed up on  Big Sunday, May 6, 2018 to help build two bed covers, prune fruit trees, weed, and distribute mulch.  

Learning Opportunities

Demonstration Garden Learning      Demonstration Garden Learning 2       Demonstration Garden Learning 5

Anyone can participate in the wonderful learning opportunities available throughout the year.  To find out when classes are offered and to register, go to www.beverlyhills.org/bhrec.  

  • Grow LA Victory Garden.  4-week workshop meets once a week and classes cover edible gardening through University of California Cooperative Extension. Classes begin September 16, 2018.  Check the fall Community Service Brochure which comes out in August.  Access brochure at www.beverlyhills.org/bhrec
  • Junior Master Gardening (for 6 to 12 year olds).  Classes July 15 and July 22, 2018 from 10 am to 12 pm.  Register NOW at www.beverlyhills.org/bhrec.   Click here for more information.
  • The Birds & Bees of the Backyard Garden.  Workshop July 29, 2018 from 10 am to 12 pm.  Register NOW at www.beverlyhills.org/bhrec.  Click here for more information.

Donation Opportunities

Donations are being accepted to help fund renovation of existing Lord & Burnham Greenhouse and adjacent facilities.  Future vision is to create interior teaching spaces for workshops and classroom programs, a living museum and an event venue for the community.  To learn how to make a donation to the Greystone Demonstration Garden through the City of Beverly Hills Community Gifting Program, view www.beverlyhills.org/gifting or email Stephanie Harris at sharris@beverlyhills.org.   To make a donation, download the Greystone Garden Donation Form- CBHCCF Foundation.