About Pikake Botanical Gardens: In 2003, Pikake Gardens was sold by the Childress’. What follows below is the cover page to the Pikake Gardens web site.
Come visit a Garden of Gardens. Pikake Gardens, enjoys a unique combination of micro-climates; from the intense heat required for a flourishing Desert Garden to the frost-free climate required to cultivate the tender plants of the Rain Forest. Pikake's Rain Forest includes an amazing variety of tropical and subtropical fruits, plants and trees. They are constantly experimenting with new introductions in an effort to expand the biodiversity of Southern California's flora.
Pikake Gardens was conceived as a lifelong dream of Clyde and Connie Childress. Tired of the bustle of South Orange County they decided to relocate to Valley Center. Clyde and Connie first contacted their soon-to-be designer and artist/contractor Bryan Morse of Expanding Horizons in the fall of 1998. In initial consultations with the Childress’s, Bryan Morse mapped out the vision, which would guide the development of the gardens. The six-acre parcel was divided into rough zones that would form the boundaries of the various gardens.
Visitors arriving at Pikake Gardens enter the gates onto the Grand Concourse which is oriented from the north entry to the south entry of the property. It acts as an artery to access the various gardens which include: A Rain Forest, a Tropical Fruit Garden, a Formal Rose Garden, a Mediterranean Garden, a Protea Garden, a Desert Garden, a Pan-Asian Garden, a BogﾠGarden, a Prayer Garden and an English Garden.
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