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San Gabriel Archangel Mission garden

San Gabriel Mission garden Lady of Guadalupe The shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in the gardens of the San Gabriel Archangel Mission in San Gabriel, California.

In traditional Spanish style, walled courtyard after walled courtyard make up the garden surrounding the San Gabriel Mission. Founded in 1771 as the second Mission in California, the current church was dedicated in 1805. 

Cactus and succulents at San Gabriel Mission garden
One of the larger courtyards is planted with cactus and succulents that need little or no watering.  Originally the courtyards were, no doubt, left bare: they were spaces for people to work.


Olive trees and other fruit trees San Gabriel Mission garden The Franciscan Fathers planted thousands of trees and grape vines around the Mission.  A few of the old olive trees remain along with other fruit trees.  The orange trees they planted came from cuttings brought from Spain.

A sign on one massive old grape vine indicated it was planted in 1771.  I find that hard to believe.  Olive trees last for centuries, but to my knowledge grape vines do not.  The vine, however, is clearly very old.
San Gabriel Mission bells The Franciscans who operated the Missions were known for their hospitality to Mexicans, Americans, and Europeans travelling in California.  This is the view travelers would have had  approaching the Mission--without the palms and jacaranda trees.  They were far less hospitable to native Tongva people who lived here before they did.

Models of California Missions

In one of the many courtyards are models of all the California Missions, arranged according to the dates they were built.  San Diego was the first in 1769.  San Gabriel followed two years later.

Interior of San Gabriel Mission church Perhaps more interesting than the garden is the church itself and the museum next to it. The walls, by the way, are not green.  The green color comes from the stained glass windows.

To see more of the buildings and historic artifacts go here.
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