Orchard Heritage Park

In 1994, the City of Sunnyvale preserved ten acres of Blenheim apricot trees to celebrate the important contribution of orchards to the early development of the local economy. The orchard was designated as Heritage Orchard Park by the Historical Society in 1997. The ten-acre orchard has about 80 trees per acre for a total of about 800 trees. In addition, the Orchard Heritage Park Interpretive Exhibit (OHPIE) was built in 2001 next to the orchard. The open barn-like structure presents interpretive displays of the lives of the orchard workers and the process of cultivating and canning fruit in the first half of the 20th Century. Examples of early cultivators and other ranching equipment border the exhibit. The Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum opened next to the orchard in 2008.  Here are photos of the apricot orchard throughout the year.

Mid-winter with mustard plants in bloom under the dormant trees, Feb 20, 2014

Mid-winter with mustard plants in bloom under the dormant trees, Feb 20, 2014

Winter day with back view of the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, Feb 8, 2014

Winter day with back view of the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, Feb 8, 2014

Dawn Moon and White Apricot Blossoms, Feb 26, 2016

Dawn Moon and White Apricot Blossoms, Feb 26, 2016

The trees bloom in late winter, March 6, 2014

The trees bloom in late winter, March 6, 2014

Close up of the apricot flowers, March 8, 2015

Close-up of the apricot flowers, March 8, 2015

Early Apricots, March 22, 2016

Early apricots, March 20, 2016

Trees are leafed out under clearing skies after a spring rain, April 8, 2015

Trees are leafed out under clearing skies after a spring rain, April 8, 2015

Green Apricots, May 10, 2015

Green Apricots, May 10, 2015

Apricots ready to pick, June 6, 2016

Apricots ready to pick, June 8, 2016

Orchard ladder, June 6, 2016

Orchard ladder, June 8, 2016

Stacked crates, June 6, 2016

Stacked crates, June 8, 2016

Apricot Tree full of fruit, June 16, 2015

Apricot tree full of fruit, June 16, 2015

Apricots on another tree and on the ground, June 16, 2015

Apricots on another tree and on the ground, June 16, 2015


Video of apricot tree laden with fruit, June 21, 2015

Row of apricot trees with fruit, June 21, 2015

Row of apricot trees with fruit, June 21, 2015

Ripe apricots on a tree, June 21, 2015

Ripe apricots on a tree, June 21, 2015

Boxes of apricots, June 16, 2015

Boxes of apricots, June 16, 2015

pails of apricots, June 21, 2015

Pails of apricots, June 21, 2015

Mid-summer day, July 21, 2016

Mid-summer day, July 21, 2016

Late summer with high cirrus clouds,, August 30, 2014

Late summer with high cirrus clouds, August 30, 2014

Orchard sunrise, October 23, 2015

Orchard sunrise, October 23, 2015

Early morning fall ground fog, November 7, 2014

Early morning fall ground fog, November 7, 2014

Leaves turn orange and fall onto reflective rain puddles, November 20, 2013

Leaves turn orange and fall onto reflective rain puddles, November 20, 2013

Bright yellow leaves falling, December 10, 2015

Bright yellow leaves falling, December 10, 2015


Video of apricot leaves blowing down, December 10, 2015

Autumn Orchard From Upstairs Kitchen Window, Dec 12, 2015

Autumn Orchard from Upstairs Kitchen Window, December 12, 2015

Only a few leaves left near the winter solstice, December 17, 2014

Only a few leaves left near the winter solstice, December 17, 2014

Bare trees in the rain, January 6, 2016

Bare trees in the rain, January 6, 2016

Rain puddles reflect the sunrise, January 8, 2016

Rain puddles reflect the sunrise, January 8, 2016

A cold, clear dawn in the dead of winter, January 13, 2015

A cold, clear dawn in the dead of winter, January 13, 2015

To view another series of orchard views taken from the same spot, click here.

California Apricots - The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley

California Apricots – The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley

Learn more from local author Robin Chapman’s book “California Apricots – The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley” available for purchase in the Museum Gift Shop.

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