Preserving Central Park and Horticulture
San Mateo has a wide range of tourist attractions, but the one that grabs everyone’s attention is the San Mateo Arboretum Society, which is a unique group that has been dedicated to the Central Park and Horticulture Heritage of San Mateo. Marion Panaretos, a gardening enthusiast and the Peninsula President established San Mateo Arboretum Society in 1974. It is her immense love and affection towards the gardens that led to the foundation of SMAS where she focused on recognizing the value of protecting botanical aspects of San Mateo’s Central Park, which is located beside the downtown San Mateo.
San Mateo Arboretum Society has a blend of members and volunteers who work together for the protection and conservation of gardens and the rich horticulture heritage of the town. The focus of SMAS is around Kohl Pump House area in Central Park.
Mission of the Society
The main motive of the organization is to make people aware of the importance of horticulture and to build a strong community. People from San Mateo and different parts of California visit SMAS and spend quality time with their family and friends under the lap of nature. You can also take some time out of work to visit such a mesmerizing place where you see different types of flowers blooming in the sun.
Information and Visiting the Arboretum
The society also allows people to organize events at the venue for which they charge a nominal fee, but just imagine, having an event in a garden surrounded by flowers on all sides, it will be one hell of a sight.
You can buy plants and flowers for your home and/or office as well. The nursery remains open from Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and the timings are 10 AM to 2 PM. Timings get changed during winters, i.e., from December to February, so if you want to visit in these months, then the days remain the same as above, but the timings are reduced, i.e., 10 AM to 12 PM. On a rainy day, the nursery remains open, but the timings get changed, so it will be better to call the authorities at SMAS before heading up there.
You can also do volunteering work at SMAS, which is what most people want to do and have been doing. There is a lot to learn at Arboretum Society, so bring your kids along because they will learn so much about the conservation of horticulture for a better tomorrow.