Maloof Discovery Garden

Click on the "enter the Garden" link below to explore the extensive Maloof Discovery Garden

Upcoming Garden Events

Call to K - 12 Students for Birdscapes in the Garden

February - May

(President's Weekend to Memorial Day Weekend)

For a printable version of this information, please click here


Purpose: An exhibit of birdhouses, Solitary bee houses and butterfly houses designed and created by K-12 students.

For  information contact Seth at


Field Trips to the Historic Home can be scheduled by contacting Colleen Sullivan at


Guidelines for birdscapes:



  • No bigger than 1 cubic foot.
  • No heavier than 20 pounds.
  • All birdhouses must be designed for a family-friendly environment.
  • No nails or drilling in trees.
  • Individuals & team efforts are welcomed.
  • The Maloof Foundation is unable to provide building materials.
  • Birdhouses will be installed only in the Discovery Garden.

  • Birdhouses need to withstand a garden season (wind and rain).

  • Pick a bird from the included list of local birds, research the needs of the bird, and design your birdhouse to accommodate that bird.

Click here for more information on how to build a bird house.


Guidelines for Solitary bee houses:

Use bamboo or reeds with openings approx. 5/16" diameter, bundle together and tie with twine. 

Size approx. 6" x 6" x 6".  Seal one end off with wax.

Or you can drill several 5/16" holes in a block of wood, not drilling it all the way through.

Click here for more information on how to build a Solitary bee house.

Guidelines for butterfly houses:

Similar to bird houses, but smaller, narrower and has long narrow slits for openings.

Click here for more information on how to build a butterfly house.

Schedule: Deliver/Install – starting January 13 – February 14, 2020


Exhibit to open February 17, 2019 and will close on May 22, 2020


Take Down/Pick Up – May 23 –May 31, 2020


Birds in the area around The Maloof Foundation (taken from eBird Field Checklist)

Pick a bird to research and design the appropriate bird house.




Pigeons and Doves

  • Rock Pigeon

  • Band-tailed Pigeon

  • Eurasian Collared-Dove

  • Mourning Dove


  • Common Poorwill


  • Vaux's Swift

  • White-throated Swift



  • Black-chinned Hummingbird

  • Anna's Hummingbird

  • Costa's Hummingbird

  • Rufous Hummingbird

  • Allen's Hummingbird

  • Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird

  • hummingbird sp.



  • Killdeer



  • Red-naped Sapsucker

  • Acorn Woodpecker

  • Downy Woodpecker

  • Nuttall's Woodpecker

  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker

  • Hairy Woodpecker

  • Northern Flicker

Tyrant Flycatchers: Pewees, Kingbirds, and Allies

  • Olive-sided Flycatcher

  • Western Wood-Pewee

  • Willow Flycatcher

  • Hammond's Flycatcher

  • Gray Flycatcher

  • Pacific-slope Flycatcher

  • Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher (Western Flycatcher)

  • Black Phoebe

  • Say's Phoebe

  • Ash-throated Flycatcher

  • Cassin's Kingbird

  • Western Kingbird

  • flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.)



  • Bell's Vireo

  • Hutton's Vireo

  • Warbling Vireo

Jays, Magpies, Crows, and Ravens

  • Steller's Jay

  • California Scrub-Jay

  • American Crow

  • Common Raven


Martins and Swallows

  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow

  • Tree Swallow

  • Violet-green Swallow

  • Barn Swallow

  • Cliff Swallow

  • swallow sp.

Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice

  • Mountain Chickadee

  • Oak Titmouse

Penduline-Tits and Long-tailed Tits

  • Bushtit



  • Rock Wren

  • Canyon Wren

  • House Wren

  • Bewick's Wren


  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

  • California Gnatcatcher



  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Parrotbills, Wrentit, and Allies

  • Wrentit


  • Western Bluebird

  • Hermit Thrush

  • American Robin

Catbirds, Mockingbirds, and Thrashers

  • California Thrasher

  • Northern Mockingbird


  • Cedar Waxwing


  • Phainopepla

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies

  • House Finch

  • Cassin's Finch

  • Lesser Goldfinch

  • Lawrence's Goldfinch

  • American Goldfinch

  • Spinus sp. (goldfinch sp.)

New World Sparrows

  • Chipping Sparrow

  • Black-chinned Sparrow

  • Brewer's Sparrow

  • Spizella sp.

  • Black-throated Sparrow

  • Lark Sparrow

  • Fox Sparrow

  • Dark-eyed Junco

  • White-crowned Sparrow

  • Golden-crowned Sparrow

  • Bell's Sparrow

  • Sagebrush/Bell's Sparrow (Sage Sparrow)

  • Vesper Sparrow

  • Savannah Sparrow

  • Song Sparrow

  • Lincoln's Sparrow

  • California Towhee

  • Rufous-crowned Sparrow

  • Spotted Towhee

  • sparrow sp.

Yellow-breasted Chat

  • Yellow-breasted Chat


  • Yellow-headed Blackbird

  • Western Meadowlark

  • Hooded Oriole

  • Bullock's Oriole

  • Brewer's Blackbird

  • Great-tailed Grackle


  • Orange-crowned Warbler

  • Nashville Warbler

  • Common Yellowthroat

  • Yellow Warbler

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

  • Black-throated Gray Warbler

  • Townsend's Warbler

  • Hermit Warbler

  • Wilson's Warbler

Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Allies

  • Western Tanager

  • Black-headed Grosbeak

  • Blue Grosbeak

  • Lazuli Bunting

Disclaimer: Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts (SAMFAC) reserves the right to reject submissions that do not meet criteria, remove an installation if it becomes a problem (falls apart or becomes damaged in the wind, etc.) Furthermore, SAMFAC cannot guarantee the condition of the birdhouses upon conclusion of the project due to natural outdoor conditions.

Pruning and Planting 2020

Saturday, March 21 - 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 9 - 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, October 10 - 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Tentative

Saturday, November - TBD


Gardeners of all experience levels are invited to assist with planting and pruning and to take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities at the Foundation’s water-wise Discovery Garden.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools (such as clippers, trowels, loppers, and/or shovels).


For information contact 909.980.0412 or

Sculptures in the Garden

Opening May 2, 2020

Matters of Gravity:

Art by Tanya Kovaleski & Martha Moran

Links to Sculpture in Garden 2016 Catalog

Opening Reception Cookie Recipes


"I enjoy coming to the Maloof house - and often bring friends and family there. The place is wonderful, the house and grounds - the gift store - everything is a true delight. The staff is always very nice. Thanks for being there to all."  - Melissa 


"Excellent presentation superior cultural-historical-artistic resource.." - Jane


“This is a very special place, dedicated to one of the great woodworkers of our time. ... It is visually stunning and at the same time presents a flow and feel of relaxation. I think you must see it some time. Put it on your bucket list! Special place to visit.”  -H. G. Smith


"What a genius Mr. Maloof was. I feel honored to have experienced this tour." - Liz

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts is a member of the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios program (HAHS) of the National Trust for Preservation.  HAHS is a coalition of 30 museums that were homes and working studios of American artists. Come, witness creativity!

Maloof Service Animal Policy

The Maloof welcomes all visitors, including those assisted by a service animal. Visitors with a registered service animal are permitted in all publicly accessible areas.


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Maloof recognizes only dogs as Service Animals. These animals are specifically trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Guests who use service animals must retain control of their animal at all times, and are required to keep them on a leash or harness while visiting.


Emotional support animals are not recognized as service animals under the ADA; we apologize for the inconvenience, however, The Maloof is unable to accommodate them. 






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The Maloof is a Smoke Free Facility.

Smoking is not allowed anywhere

on the property or in the parking lots.







How does the state define an e-cigarette?

Tobacco product means “a product containing, made, or derived from tobacco or nicotine that is intended for human consumption [including] an electronic device that delivers nicotine or other vaporized liquids to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, cigar, pipe, or hookah…”
Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 22950.5(d)(1) (2019)Cal. Health & Safety Code § 104495(8)(A) (2019)


Public Days & Hours:

Saturdays 10AM - 4PM

Gates open at 9:45AM


For Home Tours: 

Please click HERE for Home Tour information and times



General Information:

Phone 909.980.0412

Address: 5131 Carnelian St.

Alta Loma, CA 91701

(use Rancho Cucamonga for GPS)


Foundation Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 9 AM - 5 PM

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation Offices will be closed on the following holidays :

New Year's Day

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Presidents' Day

Memorial Day

July 4th

Labor Day

Veterans Day


Christmas Eve


New Year's Eve

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts acknowledge the Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Tongva world, including the Los Angeles Basin, South Channel Islands, San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, and portions of Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties) and are grateful to have the opportunity to work for the Taraaxatom (Indigenous peoples) in this place. As institutions located on unceded Indigenous land, we pay our respects to Honuukvetam (ancestors), 'Ahiihirom (elders), and ̓Evoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present, and emerging.

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