Photos from Conifer Day at MCBG

By Sara Malone

We had a great time last weekend at Conifer Day and coneheads gathered from all over the Western Region to celebrate the new status of Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens as an ACS Reference Garden. The weather was gorgeous, Brent Markus of Conifer Kingdom shipped down three pallets of choice plants for sale and ACS members toured the Gardens at Harmony Woods. ACS members also got a personalized tour of the MCBG by Walt Valen, board member and retired Director of the San Francisco Botanical Garden. There is nothing quite like a personal tour of such a gorgeous spot after hours, with a glass of wine or beer in your hand as the light gets soft and the shadows long. The event culminated with a dinner under the tent with cone-decorated cakes! The next day a smaller group rode the Skunk Train through the redwood forest. Photos by ACS member and master photographer Jack Christiansen, with a couple by our new Western Region Director Anton Klemens.