Charles C. Jensen Botanical Garden



La Sierra Community Center

5325 Engle Road, STE 100

Carmichael, CA 95608

(916) 483-7826


Carmichael Park Office

5750 Grant Avenue

Carmichael, CA 95608

(916) 485-5322



2013 Garden Work Days

Volunteers Needed




6/8, 9/14, 12/14





Annual Plant Sale March 30, 2013


Bring your work gloves, hand pruners and a lunch!

For more info: Tracy Kerth 
    (916) 485-5322 x23

Friends of Jensen Botanical Garden

Friends of Jensen Botanical Garden was formed in January 2004.   Anyone interested in participating in the care of this community resource is welcome.   Workdays are held the second Saturday of March, June, September, and December.   A plant sale to raise money for the garden will be the last Saturday of March.   All events are from 9 am to 1 pm.

Donations for the restoration of the garden may be made to CRPD Foundation, Attn: Jensen Garden, 5750 Grant Avenue, Carmichael, CA 95608.  Funds donated for the garden will be limited to use at the garden and will not be used for other District programs or facilities.  Donations of plants may be brought to any work day.

Volunteer Membership Application 


Friends of Jensen Botanical Garden Events & Photography at the Garden


Spring Annual Tulip Bloom!

Hours: Open 8am - dusk (Weather permitting...parking lot can flood during winter and spring months)

Location: 8520 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Carmichael, CA 95608

Rules: Photographers will need to purchase a $15 photo permit at the District Office, 5750 Grant Avenue, Carmichael, CA. 95608

Please stay on pathways, no amplified music, no bikes or sports activities allowed

Portable restroom available.

Click for a copy of the plant and tree identification information.    PAGE 1    PAGE 2

Nature Path for the Blind

Carmichael Recreation and Park District recently opened a new feature to the Charles C. Jensen Botanical Garden. The Nature Path for the Blind and visually impaired was officially opened to the public in the spring and we encourage you to stop by and experience it. 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.

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 trailer full 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 plant brought from Oakland.

Hybridizing, grafting and acquiring new varieties of plants, he built a garden that caught the eye of many passers by. 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 he property of the Carmichael Recreation and Park District in 1976.

Today, the District continues to work the garden in cooperation and endless talent of the Friends of Jensen Botanical Garden. 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. Spring time is amazing.

The District would like to Thank and acknowledge the dedication and talent of all the volunteers who make the garden what it is today.

 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