The WPA Rock Garden

Story and photos by Michele Hébert

Cheerful Euphorbia, Heuchera, and Erysimum flowers wave in the spring breeze, while the blue-winged Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly mingles in the air with honey bees. Rare and exotic trees like the wispy Kashmir Cypress and cartoonish Bunya-bunya tree tower over native irises and feathery yarrow plants. The WPA Rock Garden in William Land Park, built in 1940 as part of the New Deal’s Work Projects Administration, has become a haven for local fauna, a destination for gardeners and photographers, and a refuge for Sacramentans young and old. Read more »