A Day at Gabilan Ranch

September 18, 2022 | 10am-3 pm 

Gabilan Ranch

San Juan Bautista, CA 

Price: $200.00


Pacific Horticulture invites you to join us for a special day of exploration and learning at Gabilan Ranch, a private cattle ranch outside of San Juan Bautista, CA. This family-owned, working ranch incorporates holistic rangeland management to restore and preserve grasslands for generations to come. 

Learn how these grazing practices create healthier rangelands and help reverse climate change by building soils and drought resilience. Observe firsthand how plants have evolved to grow optimally under the existing circumstances of their native environment – foraged by grazers, trampled as herds race to escape predators, benefitting from animal waste, and withstanding summer dry conditions. Leave with an expanded appreciation and understanding of nature’s complex web and consider how we – as gardeners – can more closely mimic nature in our own landscapes for the benefit of all: plants, the planet, and people. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the ranch’s cattle herds. Guests will load up in a number of ranch provided vehicles and caravan out to the cattle.  

This unique experience is hosted by longtime Pacific Horticulture supporter and board member, Don Baldocchi. The event includes lunch, a brief history of the property, an in-depth discussion about holistic resource management with ranch manager, Jeff Mundell, a guided tour of the cattle operation, and a hike to the property’s most scenic locations. 

Additional details and complete itinerary for the day will be shared with participants before the event via email.

 Activity level: Expect a moderate amount of walking in a hilly and uneven ranch and grassland terrain. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk up to an hour at a time, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing.

Thank you to our event sponsor, Pacific Nurseries and our content partner, The California Native Grasslands Association

Plan your weekend on the Central Coast with two great events from Pacific Horticulture

A Feast for the Senses

September 17, 2022 | 2-7 pm

UCSC Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Santa Cruz, CA

Immerse yourself in the beauty of climate-adapted gardens and experience how food and nature support human health.


This unique event is also included as part of our Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Gardens 5-day tour (now with Local Attendee pricing).

Visit our Santa Cruz tour page for more information.