Winter blooms at Cooper-Molera
Even though it is rainy and wet here in the garden, we still have some beautiful blooms! Our garden is designed to have year round blossoms.
New Exhibit: Armin Hansen Paintings and Etchings
Now on view! We would like to thank the City of Monterey and the deHaven/Jacks collections for loaning this exclusive collection of paintings and etchings from their collection as part of our “Changing Places” art program.
Throughout the year we will be displaying artwork from Monterey County institutions, galleries and private collections that reflect or are connected to Monterey’s history in a unique and important way for the public to enjoy.
New Exhibit: Sign of the Times in Diaz Gallery
Two centuries of commercial signs at the Cooper Adobe complex.
For almost two hundred years a variety of businesses have occupied the Spear Warehouse and Corner Store within the Cooper Adobe Complex.
In 1836 Nathan Spear opened a store in the Spear Warehouse with partners Jacob Primer Leese and William Hinkley. Over the next century a hotel, restaurant and bar, Ballet studio and boys club welcomed the Monterey community.
The Corner store, built by Manuel Diaz, has housed general merchandise stores, a real estate office, a gift store and now Alta Bakery. To attract customers, business owners employed a variety of advertising signs, trademarks and slogans which can be seen in this exhibit.
Garden workshops galore!
Thanks to all who attended our garden workshops this month starting with The Historic Garden League’s own Isabella de Sibert and Al Graham. After our regularly scheduled HGL workday on January 15th, Isabella and Al led garden tours and a hands on clinic for rose pruning techniques.
Our next workshop was well attended on January 18 with Peter Quintanilla with his Fruit Tree pruning class. The class covered the initial training of young saplings to the annual pruning of bearing trees and some tips on how to renovate an old or neglected tree: Varieties included apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries and figs.
Peter Quintanilla is an ISA Certified Arborist and Pruning Specialist. He teaches arboriculture and landscape pruning at Cabrillo and Monterey Peninsula Colleges and has been pruning the Cooper Molera orchard for the last 17 years.
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