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IMG_3488 Arctostaphylos 'Howard McMinn'

Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn,’ or Manzanita Howard McMinn is February’s plant of the moment. The evergreen shrub was hybridized from a species native to Central California and has since found its way to Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach. This winter plant is located at the top of Arroyo on the site and along the fence[…]

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Rosy2

A number of curatorial interns come through Rancho Los Cerritos’ green gates every semester, from colleges in Long Beach and across Southern California. At the Rancho, they help with preservation, documentation, and even the creation of exhibits. This month: meet Rosana Anguiano. Education info: BFA Drawing and Painting What led you to pursue an internship at the[…]

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Romances at the Ranch

Through the power of storytelling, Rancho Los Cerritos’ “Romances at the Rancho” will conjure up an evening that can be enjoyed by couples and individuals alike looking to treat themselves to an evening of light-hearted fun. “Romances at the Rancho” invites guests to a special after-hours, candlelight tour navigating through some of the greatest love[…]

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Domestic servants from China in 19th-century California

Rancho Los Cerritos is celebrating Chinese New Year by remembering the history of Chinese communities in Long Beach and southern California. The majority of Chinese men coming to California in the 19th century were from provinces experiencing economic turmoil, political unrest, and natural disasters. They were drawn first by the dream of striking it rich in[…]

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Erin Perkins

Erin Perkins has a busy job working in student relations at California State University, Long Beach. But that doesn’t keep her from being one of Rancho Los Cerritos’ most committed volunteers! A southern California native, Erin first began volunteering with the Rancho in 2009. That work kept her busy until she left California in 2013[…]

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Cedar Waxwing Long Beach

Recently, friend of the Rancho Jerry Millett captured a wonderful photo of one of one of the museum’s winged visitors. These handsome, gregarious birds migrate to Southern California — and our Long Beach garden — timing their journey to the ripening of their preferred food source, berries. While they will consume insects, these birds are[…]

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Pink Powder Puff - Calliandra haematocephala

Pink Powder Puff – Calliandra haematocephala Location: Backyard & Orchard This large evergreen shrub can be espalier as seen on the Orchard wall or allowed to grow into a large shrub that almost attains a small tree stature as in the backyard. Follow the perimeter walkway to the back wall and these powder puffs of[…]

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pink cyclamen

Our recently replanted Pink Florist Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum), which is located in Rancho Los Cerritos’ backyard near our shade garden, is already in full color and brightening up the shady bed behind the Morton Bay Fig. We also have red and white varieties of Cyclamen, which will brighten up the shorter days of winter. Other[…]

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Christmas tree close-up

Due to popular demand, we have added spots for our upcoming Cocoa with Santa events! Enjoy cocoa and treats, make crafts, listen to stories, and meet Santa. There are two dates available: Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 from 11-12:30 p.m. Click the day of your choice, above, to purchase tickets. Tickets[…]

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