Family History Garden

Make Your Family Tree Bloom: Plant a Family History Garden at Pacifica Garden

Families are amazing things. Celebrate yours by planting your own Family History Garden at Pacifica: A Garden in the Siskiyous. It will be a record of history and a living testimonial to all the joy and pain, fun and work that makes up a living family.

If you want to remember one person, we can provide a plant and permanent plaque in their honor. Or, if you have researched a “family-tree,” we can turn that into a plaque to go with your “living-tree” or with your own small picnic-area garden within our 400-acre Botanic Garden. Each mini-garden will be planted in a semi-circle for privacy and cohesiveness, approximately 30 to 40 feet across, around a picnic table.

With your information, we can provide a series of informative signs for individual members of your family through the ages, showing on which family “branch” they reside, along with something about what they did (“black sheep” are often as interesting as “white sheep!”) or something about the history of that time and place.

Currently there are two Family History Gardens:

The first is for the Nanscawen Family, which includes interpretive displays and activities for each century (15-20th) with appropriate plants.

The second is for the Messinger Family, the family that originally homesteaded this property. The interpretations and plants in this garden include: the trip west, gold panning and logging, and the Messinger family in early Josephine County history.

Each of the displays includes a hands-on activity for kids and kids-at-heart.

If you would like to arrange for a flowering, informative tribute to your family tree, please contact us at 541-846-1100 or for information and prices.

A note to our visitors: Our gardens are still in their infancy at this time. The rocks and trees in our Rock Garden and Western Native Garden are the “bones” of our botanic gardens which will be augmented with time, additional finances, and the completion of Forestfarm Nursery‘s move to Pacifica. In the meantime, we welcome you to enjoy the ambience and wild landscape that Pacifica provides! You can also take advantage of the “Botanical Garden in pots” provided by Forestfarm at Pacifica.

The trees in the streets are old trees used to living with people, Family trees that remember your grandfather’s name. ~ Stephen Vincent Benét