8520 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Carmichael, CA 95608
Open 8am – dusk (Weather permitting…parking lot can flood during winter and spring months)
Please stay on pathways, no amplified music, no bikes or sports activities allowed. Portable restroom available. All photographers will need to purchase a photo permit.
For tree and plan identification please view our Plants and Trees document.
The History of Charles C. Jensen
The 3 1/2 Acre garden was founded in 1958 by Charles C. Jensen. After his retirement as a produce buyer. Mr. and Mrs. Jensen moved from their home in Oakland to their new property in Carmichael. They made regular trips to Oakland to bring back truck loads of plants and trees. The property already had Oaks, Coastal Redwoods and blackberry brambles. He gradually cleared the land and began planting the many Magnolias, Azaleas, Dogwoods and Japanese Maples which were among the first plants brought from Oakland.
Hybridizing, grafting and acquiring new varieties of plants, he built a garden that caught the eye of many passersby. He especially enjoyed showing visitors around his garden and opened it to parties and weddings. After his death, a group of citizens formed the Charles C. Jensen Botanical Garden, Inc Committee to preserve the garden. Their fund raising efforts were successful and the garden became the property of the Carmichael Recreation and Park District in 1976.
Today, the District continues to work the garden in cooperation with the endless talent of the Friends of Jensen Botanical Garden. Since 2004, this volunteer group has transformed the garden into the beautiful paradise that it is today. One of the jewels of Carmichael, it has many varieties of Magnolias and Dogwoods, Japanese Maples and thousands of Tulips. Springtime is amazing.
Nature Path for the Blind
Jensen Botanical Garden features the Nature Path for the Blind for the visually impaired. We encourage you to stop by and experience the pathway. By feeling the different textures and experiencing the unique fragrances of the various plants the pathway appeals to the visually impaired and those with physical challenges. The project was inspired by a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Jacqueline Coffroth.
Events & Photography at the Garden
In order to keep the gardens beautiful, access and use of the garden for groups is limited and controlled. Wedding receptions and short special events with limited numbers are scheduled as space is available and when work days are not taking place.
In addition, a one-day photo permit is required for all photography at and of the garden, whether as part of a special event or for individual photographer use. One portable restroom is available and limited parking (Approximately 20 vehicles).
To check availability, reserve an event or purchase a one-day photo permit, please contact the District office at (916) 485-5322.
|Jensen Garden||Maximum Attendance: 50 – $75 2 hours maximum rental and includes photo permit|
|Photo Permit||$15 per day for Individual$50 per day for Professional Photographers|
Volunteer and Donation Information!
Annual Plant Sale TBA – Donations of plants may be brought to any of the work days.
Garden Work Days – Saturdays from 9am-1pm: September 13. Bring your work gloves, hand pruners and a lunch!
Monetary donations for the restoration of the garden may be made to CRPD Foundation, Attn: Jensen Garden, 5750 Grant Avenue, Carmichael, CA 95608