Markham Arboretum


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1202 La Vista Avenue Concord

(925) 681-2968

Hours: Every Tuesday (weather permitting) 9:00-12:00, and select Saturdays from Spring to Fall. For a list of Markham’s Saturday sales, visit

Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour Special! Shop during the Tour’s Native Plant Sale Extravaganza, when Markham will be open from 10:00 – 5:00 on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, 2017.


Come early for the best selection of native forbs, ornamental grasses, shrubs, perennials and annuals. The Arboretum has plants to satisfy the beginning gardener, as well as unusual plants to delight the plant collector.  Wander among our garden beds, or ask any of our staff, who have many decade’s worth of detailed knowledge about local conditions and plants to assist you in making your selections.







Markham Arboretum’s Mission – The Arboretum partners with the City of Concord and other agencies and organizations to promote the use and enjoyment of Markham Nature Park and Arboretum as a unique destination for the display and preservation of trees and other plants adapted to the inland, maritime influenced, Northern California region. The Gardens and Park comprise 16 acres and the International Gardens themselves date back to the 1980’s. Plant sales in the spring, summer, and fall are the main fund raising opportunities for Markham Regional Arboretum Society. The proceeds of the plant sales help to buy the supplies and plants necessary to develop and maintain the International Garden and other projects at Markham Nature Park and Arboretum.


Some special natives the Arboretum is growing right now:

Arctostaphylos, various species (manzanitas)

Garrya elliptica ‘Evie’ and  ’James Roof” (coast silk tassel)

Chlorogalum angustifolium (soap plant)

Dudleya, various species

Eriogonum grande rubescens (red buckwheat)

Fremontia californica (flannel bush)

Ribes malvaceum ‘Dancing Tassels’ (pnk flowering currant)

Driving Directions from Walnut Creek: Take Hwy 680 North to the Treat Blvd. exit. Travel East on Treat Blvd. until you reach Cowell Road. Turn left. Go a few blocks and turn right on Babel Lane. Take the first right on Palmwood Drive. When you reach La Vista turn right and go straight ahead to the parking lot. To reach the Nursery where the plant sale takes place, walk up the gravel road on the left just before the parking lot.

Parking is free.

Wheelchair Access? No

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