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Evans Family Garden

The garden is located at 1383 Mount Olympia Circle in South Lake Tahoe, California. Visitors are welcome anytime.

In an effort to “give back” to his beloved neighbors, Owen Evans decided to create a garden on his property after the Angora Fire. The garden is a cooperative project between the Tahoe Resource Conservation District, Nevada Fire Safe Council, South Tahoe Public Utility District, Lake Valley Fire Protection District, the Evans/Allen families, and local businesses. As the garden continues to be developed, it will serve as a model for landscape BMPs, water conservation, fire defensible space, and beauty.

Owen Evans moved to the Lake Tahoe area in the late 1940’s. He had completed a degree in Botany at Cal Berkeley and was hired by the USDA Forest Service. He served many roles, including naturalist, forester, firefighter and maintenance worker. He spent time working in the Angora fire lookout and was one of the inspectors for the saw mill at Lake Tahoe Blvd and Sawmill Rd.

Owen was married to Esther Hughes in 1952, who was a South Lake Tahoe school teacher. Esther later taught piano and singing out of their home, and was very involved in the community. Owen’s passion was his natural surroundings, especially wildflowers. He had countless photographic slides of plants, most of them older glass slides, and he spent many hours in his garden. When the Angora Fire destroyed his home on June 24, 2007, he decided not to struggle through a re-build. He did, however, want to stay connected to his neighborhood and create something special for them to see. He decided to plant a garden for them using native vegetation. When the idea got around, many agencies jumped in to help and the Evans Family Garden became a reality.

We invite you to come enjoy the garden as it transitions from burnt moonscape to beauty and serenity.

For more information please visit the Evans Family Garden website.

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