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Gardens to Visit

Find a California Friendly® garden near you

Visit these gardens throughout Southern California for a firsthand look at how beautiful a water-wise landscape can be.

Los Angeles County

Arcadia Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden Arcadia
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Ave.    626-821-3222
The Arboretum offers a variety of gardens and landscapes that offer beauty and tranquility as well as ideas for your outdoor space at home. Visit each of the 10 gardens, including the Water Conservation Garden that showcases plants from Mediterranean climates around the world.
   
Claremont Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Claremont
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N. College Ave.   909-624-0838
The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California’s native plants. You can explore diverse gardens and plant collections, take a tour, or learn from experts at a class.
   
Covina Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Covina Public Library Covina
Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Covina Public Library
234 N. Second Ave.    626-967-3935
A water-wise garden and mural depicting the history of the library help tell the local story of Southern California’s heritage.
   
Descanso Gardens La Cañada Flintridge
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive     818-949-4200
The Center Circle garden presents a new look for Southern California gardens, where the traditional lawn is replaced by vibrant, lower maintenance plants.
   
La Crescenta Crescenta Valley Water District Demonstration Garden La Crescenta
Crescenta Valley Water District Demonstration Garden
2700 Foothill Blvd   818-248-3925
This garden showcases hardy plants from the local area.
   
Manhattan Beach Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden
1236 N. Peck Ave.    310-546-1354
A children’s garden, meditation garden, succulent slope and wildflower meadows offer inspiration to South Bay gardeners interested in using native and California Friendly® plants.
   
Palos Verdes Peninsula  South Coast Botanic Garden Palos Verdes Peninsula
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard    310-544-1948
The 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden offers a variety of gardens to delight and inspire visitors. Specialty gardens include the Cactus Garden, Mediterranean Garden, WaterWise Garden, and Garden for the Senses.
   
Pasadena Arlington Garden Pasadena
Arlington Garden
295 Arlington Drive    626-441-4478
Home to 350 trees and thousands of Mediterranean climate plants that do well with low to moderate watering, the garden features California natives, cactus and succulents, South African and Australian natives, irrigated by low flow devices that use less than half the water demanded by traditional parks.
   
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum Rancho Dominguez
Garden at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
18127 S. Alameda St.    310-603-0088
The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum is a registered California State Historic Landmark that depicts early California history. The museum includes a beautiful cactus garden with an extensive collection of cacti.
   
San Fernando Rudy Ortega (Heritage) Park San Fernando
Rudy Ortega (Heritage) Park
2025 4th St.    818-898-1290
This park features native and California Friendly® plants, walking paths, a Japanese tea house and historic water tower. The park commemorates the Fernandeño Tataviam tribal culture and San Fernando’s heritage.
   
San Marino The Huntington Botanical Gardens San Marino
The Huntington Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road    626-405-2100
The Huntington has more than a dozen spectacular gardens spread across 120 acres, including a renowned desert garden with thousands of species of desert cacti and succulents. Drought-tolerant plants for landscaping are used extensively around new installations.
   
Santa Monica  Airport Avenue Demonstration Gardens Santa Monica
Airport Avenue Demonstration Gardens
3200 Airport Ave.    310-458-8405
This collection of three distinct sustainable landscapes provides everything you need for your own home landscape. Whether you are looking for an eco-friendly lawn alternative, a vegetable garden, a private sanctuary, or an outdoor room, these gardens feature it all.
   
Torrance Madrona Marsh Nature Center Torrance
Madrona Marsh Nature Center
3201 Plaza del Amo   310-782-3989
A California Friendly® landscape offers myriad ideas to gardeners looking to use locally native and California Friendly® plants instead of traditional turf and shrubs. The garden is adjacent to a visitor’s center and the Madrona Marsh preserve.
   
Woodland Hills S. Mark Taper Foundation Life Science Botanic Garden Woodland Hills
S. Mark Taper Foundation Life Science Botanic Garden
Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave.   818-719-6465
The courtyard near the administration building is a 1.9-acre botanical garden including plants from the seven major worldwide Mediterranean climate zones. Unusual looking and hard-to-find plants are featured, and all are suitable for Southern California’s climate.
   

 

Orange County

Fullerton Arboretum Fullerton
Fullerton Arboretum
1900 Associated Rd.   657-278-3407
The Fullerton Arboretum is the largest botanical garden in Orange County. Encompassing 26 acres, the arboretum has a permanent collection of more than 4,000 unique and unusual plant species from around the world.
   
Huntington Beach Shipley Nature Center Huntington Beach
Shipley Nature Center
17851 Goldenwest St.    714-842-4772
Five waterwise gardens within the Shipley Nature Preserve showcase how to use native plants in a home garden. The gardens include a butterfly garden, hummingbird garden, riparian garden, waterwise garden and color garden.
   
Orange County Coastkeeper Garden Orange
Orange County Coastkeeper Garden
1560 East Santiago Canyon Rd.   714-850-1965
The 2.5 acre Orange County Coastkeeper Garden hosts plants from six southern California native habitats as well as drought-tolerant plants. The Garden incorporates six California Friendly® vignettes (garden rooms) into "backyard" landscapes that harmonize with the native plant habitat throughout the Garden.
   
San Clemente Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens San Clemente
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
415 Avenida Granada   949-498-2139
The historic home of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson has 2.5 acres of coastal gardens. Visitors can stroll through the Native American Garden, Butterfly Garden, Herb Garden, Native Plant Garden, and a Woodland Garden.
   
Westminster Water Conservation Garden Westminster
Water Conservation Garden
6312 California Ave.    714-548-3690
The garden features nearly 20 species of drought tolerant plants and trees.

 

Riverside County

Riverside University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens Riverside
University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens
900 University Ave.    909-787-4650
Covering 400 acres, this living plant museum has more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. Its collection includes native California plants, rose, cactus, herb and iris gardens as well as a subtropical fruit orchard.
   
Riverside Landscapes Southern California Style Riverside
Landscapes Southern California Style
Western Municipal Water District
450 E. Alessandro Blvd.    951-571-7100
More than 200 species of California Friendly® plants are artfully displayed in residential-style landscapes on this one-acre park. A self-guided tour and educational materials are available on site.

 

San Bernardino County

Alta Loma Maloof Discovery Garden Alta Loma
Maloof Discovery Garden

5131 Carnelian St.    909-980-0412
Designed to complement the historic residence and workshop of renowned furniture maker and designer Sam Maloof, the Maloof Discovery Garden demonstrates the practical ways a garden can reflect California native and other Mediterranean plants.
   
Chino Inland Empire Utilities Agency Chino
Inland Empire Utilities Agency
6075 Kimball Ave.   909-993-1600
The landscape surrounding IEUA’s LEED Platinum Certified headquarters features innovative technologies and practices for capturing run-off, as well as using California Friendly® plants to create a beautiful and sustainable outdoor space.
   
Montclair Chino Basin Water Conservation District Water Wise Demonstration Garden Montclair
Chino Basin Water Conservation District
Water Wise Demonstration Garden

4594 San Bernardino St.   909-626-2711
The 1.75 acre garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat® and has numerous model gardens to help homeowners identify water wise plants that would look good in a home landscape.

San Diego County

El Cajon Water Conservation Garden El Cajon
Water Conservation Garden
12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West    619-660-0614
On nearly five acres, this water-wise gardening treasure trove is filled with displays that showcase water conservation through a series of beautiful themed gardens, such as a native plant garden and a vegetable garden, as well as how-to displays such as mulch and irrigation exhibits.
   
San Diego Botanic Garden Encinitas
San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Drive  760-632-0917
The 37-acre garden represents 15 different regions of the world as well as 12 demonstration gardens. The garden includes rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes and a subtropical fruit garden.
   
La Mesa Briercrest Park La Mesa
Briercrest Park
9001 Wakarusa St.   619-667-1307
Briercrest Park, adjacent to the Grossmont Healthcare District Library and Conference Center, features a variety of gardens including butterfly, texture and fragrance, and a large play area. The park is designed to provide a healing, nurturing experience.

Ventura County

Camarillo Camrosa Water District

Camarillo
Camrosa Water District
7385 Santa Rosa Rd.   805-388-0226
Area residents can take free landscaping classes, or just enjoy the gardens and naturalistic plantings surrounding Camrosa’s headquarters. This native and drought-tolerant design is filled with ideas for home gardens.

   
Photo of true colors garden and learning center

Thousand Oaks
The California True Colors Garden
1385 E. Janss Rd.  805-381-2744
Many of the plants selected for the gardens are California “All-Stars” and some will be used for data gathering as part of the UC Davis Arboretum “All-Star” research programs.