The History of Charles C. Jensen
The 3 1/2 Acre garden was founded in 1958 by Charles C. Jensen. After his retirement as a produce buyer. Mr. and Mrs. Jensen moved from their home in Oakland to their new property in Carmichael. They made regular trips to Oakland to bring back trailer full of plants and trees. The property already had Oaks, Coastal Redwoods and blackberry brambles. He gradually cleared the land and began planting the many Magnolias, Azaleas, Dogwoods and Japanese Maples which were among the first plant brought from Oakland.
Hybridizing, grafting and acquiring new varieties of plants, he built a garden that caught the eye of many passers by. He especially enjoyed showing visitors around his garden and opened it to parties and weddings. After his death, a group of citizens formed the Charles C. Jensen Botanical Garden, Inc Committee to preserve the garden. Their fund raising efforts were successful and the garden became he property of the Carmichael Recreation and Park District in 1976.
Today, the District continues to work the garden in cooperation and endless talent of the Friends of Jensen Botanical Garden. This volunteer group has transformed the garden into the beautiful paradise that it is today. One of the jewels of Carmichael, it has many varieties of Magnolias and Dogwoods, Japanese Maples and thousands of Tulips. Spring time is amazing.
The District would like to Thank and acknowledge the dedication and talent of all the volunteers who make the garden what it is today.
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