Old Growth Railroad Beams
Heavy beams for the garden's substantial trellises were acquired from an old train trestle in Northern California. They were cut more than 100 years ago from old-growth Redwood trees. The beams are massive and worn, but they denote a sense of strength and longevity. By relying on century old railroad beams, the gardens also respect the environment by making due with existing resources.
Local Native Stone
La Paz, the 187-acre site hosting the National Chavez Center where Cesar lived and worked during the last quarter century of his life, was originally called the Stony Brook Sanitarium, a county run tuberculosis facility, because of the stone lined creek that meanders through the property. During construction of the gardens, volunteers gathered stones that are featured in its planters, retaining walls and informal seating, again a conscious decision to rely on existing resources.