Where can I go to see California native gardens?
A: You can visit the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. There are educational displays throughout the garden. Wander the paths of the Cultivar and Demonstration Gardens to see unusual and exciting native plants displayed in landscape settings. The garden also offers classes and musical events. The California Garden Shop has an excellent selection of native plant resources, including books, garden tools, ornaments and even plants and seeds.
Another way to see native plant gardens is to attend the California native garden tours. Native plant enthusiasts open their gardens to the public once a year in the spring for this special event. If you are interested in displaying your own garden, be sure to contact them. Call or check out the Garden’s Web site for the California Glory Garden Tour, and Theodore Payne, for the Theodore Payne Foundation Garden Tour.
Botanic Gardens and Arboreta
- Conejo Valley Botanic Garden
Collections of native plants, oak trees and water-conserving plants.
350 Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks, CA; Ph: (805) 494-7630
- Fullerton Arboretum
Mediterranean section with plants of coastal sage scrub and chaparral communities.
California State University, Fullerton, CA 92634, Ph: (714) 733-3579
- Quail Botanical Gardens
230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024, Ph: (619) 436-3036
- Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Devoted to the collection, cultivation, study, and display of native California plants.
1500 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711, Ph: (909) 625-8767
- Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
Fostering stewardship of the natural world with an emphasis on plants native to California.
1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, Ph: (805) 563-2521
- University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens
Southwestern desert and Sierran foothills sections.
Univ. of Calif. Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521, Ph: (909) 784-6962 or 787-4650
- Theodore Payne Foundation, Inc.
Demonstration garden areas, a wildflower nature trail, and natural canyon areas.
10459 Tuxford St., Sunland, CA, Ph: (818) 768-1802
- Audubon Center at Debs Park
4700 North Griffin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90031, Ph: (323) 221-2255
Walnut savannah, oak-walnut-toyon woodland, and coastal sage scrub.
- Charmlee Wilderness Park .
2577 S. Encinal Canyon Road, Malibu, CA, Ph: (310) 457-7247
Native plant displays and a butterfly garden.
- Eaton Canyon County Park
1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA. 91107, Ph: (626) 398-5420
Coastal sage scrub, bird and butterfly, wildflower gardens in a beautiful foothill setting.
- The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
47-900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 , Ph: (760) 346-5694
Desert plantings, Palo Verde Garden Center & Wortz Demonstration Garden.
- Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority, Arroyo Pescadero
Colima Road, Whittier, CA 90602, Ph: (562) 945-9003
Coastal sage scrub and chaparral.
- The Soka University of America
26800 W. Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA. 91302; Ph: (818) 878-3763
Dry chaparral, coastal sage scrub, oak woodland, riparian and grasslands.
Low-Water Use Gardens With Some California Natives
- Chino Basin Water Conservation District Demo Garden
4594 San Bernardino St, Montclair CA. Ph: (909) 626-2711
Drought resistant plants including desert and chaparral gardens.
- Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada, CA 91011, Ph: (818) 952-4400
Native plant section.
- El Alisal, the Lummis Home
200 South Avenue 43, Los Angeles, CA 90042, Ph: (323) 222-0546
Low water use garden, offering a display of native and Mediterranean plants.
- La Casita del Arroyo
177 South Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena 91105-1075, Ph: (626) 794-0581
Water conservation garden above Lower Arroyo Seco Park.
- Landscapes Southern California Style
450 Alessandro Blvd., Riverside, CA 92508, Ph: (909) 780-4170
One-acre water conservation demo garden by Western Municipal Water District.