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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

Nursery Gardens

  • Theodore Payne Foundation, Inc.
    Demonstration garden areas, a wildflower nature trail, and natural canyon areas.
    10459 Tuxford St., Sunland, CA, Ph: (818) 768-1802

Habitat Gardens

  • 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.
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