Who founded Carmichael CA?

Daniel W. CarmichaelCarmichael, California was founded by a man named Dan Carmichael in the early 1900s. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Carmichael made his way to California in 1885 at the age of 18. He spent about a decade working at various jobs before joining a real estate company that he eventually bought out in 1900. Active in politics, Carmichael was at various times treasurer and mayor of California.

He wasn’t the first person to have a claim on the land that eventually became Carmichael. In 1844, a man named Joel P. Dedman was given 20,000 acres in a land grant. Carmichael purchased 2,000 acres of that property for around $150,000 to $200,000 and advertised it in 1909 as available for purchase in lots of 10 acres. He called it Carmichael Colony 1. Later, he bought another 2,000 acres that were part of the former Del Paso Rancho Mexican grant that was given to Eliab Grimes, also in 1844, and this became Carmichael Colony 2.

The area that is Carmichael today was once inhabited by the Maidu Indians. They were there at least 3,000 years ago, and it is believed that as settlers came west, they were driven out. Carmichael himself never settled in his namesake. His family continued to live in Sacramento. The first settlers in present-day Carmichael were a couple named Charles and Mary Deterding, and the site they purchased is today known as Ancil Hoffman Park.

Carmichael the man did not fare as well as the city named after him. Reportedly, he had no money when he died in San Francisco in 1936. His city, however, continued to thrive. The population grew to 300 families by the late 1920s, and over the next two decades, the population increased to more than 4,000. It continued to grow into the present day.

Can I Grow Bananas in Carmichael CA?

Let’s Go Bananas!

California is perhaps known best for its’ gorgeous climate and beautiful shrubberies. So, when asking if bananas can be grown in the city of Carmichael, the answer is absolutely! You must simply keep an eye out for the best kinds for you particular area.
California Gold is a fantastic variety to start out with when attempting to grow your own edible arrangement. Other variations to consider are Misi Luki, Raja Puri, and a particularly interesting kind named Ice Cream. You can get these from farmers markets as well as Asian districts, and they aren’t too costly.
In the Bay Area, bananas do have a reputation for being difficult to grow, but if kept warm and dry, the plant will flourish. Keeping the soil free from excessive moisture and above 68 degrees Fahrenheit, you should have some wonderful fruiting to look forward to.
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Who has the best pizza in Carmichael CA?

When it comes to pizza in Carmichael, California, one name is on everyone’s lips: Bellini’s Pizzeria. Located on Fair Oaks Boulevard, Bellini’s is known for quality ingredients and an always friendly attitude. Al and his wife serve up some of the best pizza pies on the West Coast with their own dough and special marinara sauce. Authentic New York flavors, affordable prices, and excellent service keep Bellini’s Pizzeria on the top of every Sacramento-area pizza lover’s preferred places to eat. Whether it’s ooey, gooey pepperoni dripping with extra cheese, the signature Bellini with spinach, mushrooms, feta, olives, and tomatoes, or the homemade garlic knots dripping in butter, Bellini’s will satisfy every single tastebud on your tongue and leave you wanting more.

Some of my friends like Pasquale’s, Superb, Roma’s and Mark & Monica’s.

Which is your favorite??

What can I see at the Jensen Botanical Gardens?

Jensen-tulips-300x199The first thing you realize is how wonderful it is to have this quaint and tranquil beautiful Charles C. Jensen Botanical Gardens tucked away along a busy stretch of Fair Oaks Boulevard right in the middle of the city of Carmichael, California.

Stunning, especially in the spring, you can stroll through this free to the public well-kept “wonderland of greenery” and view a wide variety of flora including massive oaks and redwood trees, camellias, tulips, dogwoods, azaleas, roses, lilies, Japanese anemones, Japanese anemones, hydrangeas, rhododendrons. Most of the native plants are labeled with a photograph and information. Adding to the picturesque scene is a little brook that runs through the garden. There are also numerous benches to sit down, relax, and take in all the outstanding beauty.

Open during the daylight hours from 8:00 a.m. until dusk, this horticultural work of art appears once you walk over a bridge from the parking lot. Charles Jensen began the transformation of his 3 1/2 acre piece of land in 1958. After his death, this garden came under the ownership of the Carmichael Parks and Recreation District with the goal of being enjoyed forever by the public.

Maintained regularly by the loving efforts of the Friends of Jensen Botanical Garden, this little jewel of a park is also the scene of an occasional wedding and is proud to have a walking nature path for the blind that is complete with Braille descriptions of special plantings.

Official Website:

Jensen Botanical Gardens
8520 Fair Oaks Blvd
Carmichael, CA 95608

Mother’s Day 2016 in Carmichael California

Please feel free to post your Mother’s Day 2016 suggestions and ideas in the comments at the bottom of this page.

Mother’s Day in Carmichael CA

For the special mother or woman in your life, give her something great! If you’re out of ideas, at least get a gift card for a massage. Just make sure she goes and gets it! Most massage therapists are having specials now through May 8, 2016 (that is Mother’s Day!!).

I like to get my mom flowers. Bettay’s, Joy Flowers, Brother’s and Carmichael Flowers are all right here on Fair Oaks Blvd!

And don’t forget, Russian Chocolate! That place is great.

What are your ideas?

Please, give them to me. Yours are probably better than mine anyways!


Are there Weeping Willow Trees in Carmichael California?

The subrub of Carmichael has many types of shade trees.

However, none of them are weeping willows, at least that I have seen.

We do have Willow Oak trees. As a note, if you have one of these, make sure it is at least 25′ from any important underground pipes.

Same goes for the River Birch. These trees do have a bit of a weeping limb system, as seen below:


Did you know you can get these trees for free?

That’s right. All you have to do is go here:



Daniel W. Carmichael’s Picture

Here it is, folks.

Daniel W. Carmichael’s mug:

Daniel W. Carmichael This guy.

Daniel W. Carmichael moved Sacramento in 1885. He worked in real estate.  In 1909, he developed Carmichael Colony No. I, 2,000 acres (8 km2) of what was once part of the Rancho San Juan Mexican land grant. Carmichael later bought another 1,000 acres (4 km2) previously part of the Rancho Del Paso Mexican land grant, that he called Carmichael Colony No. 2.