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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. Can’t get there in person? Check out the web sites of some gardens to take a virtual tour.

Gardens by County

City Make Over
Gardens funded by the "City Makeover Program" are indicated with this logo.
Los Angeles County  

Library Gardens

Bellflower
Library Gardens
9918 Flower St., Bellflower
This former parking lot near downtown Bellflower now is filled with California Friendly® plants and a meditation labyrinth. Small community gatherings and educational lectures are frequently scheduled; check with the city of Bellflower for more information.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Claremont
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N. College Ave., Claremont
(909) 624-0838
The recently installed California Natives container garden offers the perfect place to learn how to create and maintain attractive water- and space-efficient native plant container gardens.
City Makeover Program
Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Covina Public Library Covina
Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Covina Public Library
234 N. Second Ave.
(626) 967-3935
This 3,300 square foot water-wise demonstration garden surrounds the library, replacing lawn and capturing run-off for use in the garden.
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Crescenta Valley Water District Demonstration Garden La Crescenta
Crescenta Valley Water District Demonstration Garden
2700 Foothill Blvd, La Crescenta
(818) 248-3925
This garden offers ideas for replacing turf with California Friendly plants. Area residents may even be eligible for rebate money to remove turf grass. Check with the agency to learn more. 
Charles F. Lummis Home and Garden

Los Angeles
Charles F. Lummis Home and Garden
200 E. Avenue 43, Los Angeles
This rustic, castle-like home built by Charles Lummis in the late 19th century is surrounded by a lush and beautiful water-wise garden, maintained by the city of Los Angeles Parks & Recreation Dept.

Great Lawn at Barnsdall Art Park

Great Lawn at Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House received a landscaping upgrade in 2007 through a joint project with the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power to replace thirsty turf with warm season grasses and native shrubs and plants.  The new drought-tolerant lawn, frequently used for art festivals and plays, is irrigated using state-of-the-art smart sprinkler controllers and precision rotating sprinklers.

City Makeover Program
Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden
Polliwog Park, Peck Ave. north of Manhattan Beach Blvd.
(310)546-1354
A children’s garden, meditation garden and wildflower meadows offer inspiration to South Bay gardeners interested in using native and California Friendly® plants.
City of San Fernando's Heritage Park San Fernando
Heritage Park
Corner of Hubbard and 4th St., San Fernando This park features native and California Friendly® plants, walking paths, a Japanese tea house and historic water tower.  The park commemorates the Fernandeno Tataviam tribal culture and heritage, as well as that of the city of San Fernando.
Castaic Lake Santa Clarita
Castaic Lake Water Agency Conservatory Garden 
27230 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita
(661) 297-1600
This garden overlooking Central Park features 350 low-water-using plant varieties and 1,500 roses, along with instructional signage and classes to help gardeners be water-wise.
Garden/garden Santa Monica
Garden/garden
1718 and 1724 Pearl St., Santa Monica
(310) 458-2213
Adjacent to Santa Monica College are two “compare and contrast” home gardens. One garden features traditional turf and shrub landscaping; and the other is a model California Friendly® garden that uses a fifth of the water and requires less maintenance.
City Makeover Program
Madrona Marsh Nature Center Torrance
Madrona Marsh Nature Center
3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
(310) 782-3989
A California Friendly® landscape planted in 2006 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. Landscaping classes are offered frequently.
City Makeover Program
S. Mark Taper Botanical Garden Woodland Hills
S. Mark Taper Botanical Garden
Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills
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.
City Makeover Program
Orange County  
Roger's Garden

Corona del Mar
Roger’s Gardens
2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar
(949) 721-2100
The landscape surrounding this high-end nursery, garden and home store features California Friendly® plants and landscaping.  

Mesa WD Costa Mesa
Mesa Water District Demonstration Garden
1965 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa
(949) 631-1205
California Friendly® plants are showcased, along with the latest in state-of-the-art irrigation practices. 
Orange County Farm Orange County Fair Centennial Farm
88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa
(949) 631-1205
Sponsored by the Mesa Water District, this garden is open to the public year-round and features California Friendly® landscaping and will soon be expanded.
Fullerton Arboretum Fullerton
Fullerton Arboretum
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton
(714) 278-3579
Native grasses, agaves and yuccas around the new visitor’s center show the elegant beauty and ultimate utility of using those plants as companions to wildflowers and perennials.
City Makeover Program
Shipley Nature Center Demonstration Garden Huntington Beach
Shipley Nature Center Demonstration Garden
17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach
(714) 842-4772
This 1-acre garden within the Shipley Nature Preserve showcases eight habitat gardens, two built for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Water harvesting techniques are demonstrated, and frequent classes are held.
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Environmental Nature Center Newport Beach
Environmental Nature Center
1601 16th St., Newport Beach
(949) 645-8489
The Environmental Nature Center provides hands-on education with nature and demonstrates indigenous California vegetation and habitats. It offers 16,000 students the opportunity to study local ecology in 15 on-site, native Southern California plant communities.
 
Casa Romantica Cultural Center San Clemente
Casa Romantica Cultural Center
415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente
(949) 498-2139
The historic home of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson boasts a 2.4-acre California Friendly® garden along an ocean bluff with stunning views. The gardens were designed by Isabelle Greene (granddaughter of Craftsman architect Henry Greene.)
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Park Semper Fi Park Semper Fi
San Clemente Pier Bowl, San Clemente
This low coastal bluff adjacent to beach parking features endangered coastal sage scrub and chaparral plant communities indigenous to San Clemente, and a bronze monument to the U.S. Marines.
City Makeover Program
Riverside County  
Palm Desert Palm Desert
The Living Desert
Portola Ave., south of Highway 111, Palm Desert
(760) 346-5694
This educational facility sits on 1,000 acres, offering a botanical garden, zoo, wilderness park, endangered species conservation and natural history museum. A demonstration garden within the park shows visitors ways to incorporate drought-tolerant plants into home landscapes.
Botanic Garden Riverside
Botanic Garden
University of California – Riverside
(909) 787-4650
Landscapes Southern California Style Landscapes Southern California Style
Western Municipal Water District, 450 Alessandro Blvd., Riverside
(951) 789-5000
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.
Land Use Learning Center

Land Use Learning Center
4500 Glenwood Dr., Riverside
(951) 683-7691
The three-acre garden at the Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District center demonstrates sustainable methods that conserve natural resources in urban areas, native habitats and agricultural lands.  The garden features many examples of plantings, ground covers and turf options for homeowners.

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Estudillo Heritage Park Water Conservation Education Garden San Jacinto
Estudillo Heritage Park Water Conservation Education Garden
150 N. Dillon, San Jacinto
The city of San Jacinto’s newest water conservation garden was built to demonstrate the beauty and water-saving benefits of planting drought tolerant plants. The water conservation garden was designed primarily with California native plants, but also includes plants from around the world that thrive in Southern California.

City Makeover Program
Rose Haven Heritage Garden Temecula
Rose Haven Heritage Garden
30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula
Roses can be surprisingly water-wise, and this 3.4-acre garden features more than 1,000 rose bushes, each lovingly cared for and surrounded by water-wise California Friendly® plantings. An herb garden, habitat garden and wildflower meadow share the space.
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San Bernardino County  
Centex Homes Chino
Select Model Homes at The Preserve at Chino
Main Street at Kimball Ave., Chino
(909) 606-2114
Visit select model homes in the communities of Candlewood, Canterbury Grove, Enchanted Forest and Garden Glen to see how California Friendly landscaping is used to complement these new model homes built by Centex Homes, Lennar, Pardee Homes and Shea Homes.
Inland Empire Inland Empire Utilities Agency
6075 Kimball Ave., Chino
(909) 993-1600
This building and surrounding landscape were designed and built to be extremely environmentally friendly. The building is LEED-Platinum certified. The landscaping 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 Montclair
Chino Basin Water Conservation District
Native Oak Grove and Demonstration Garden
4594 San Bernardino St., Montclair
(909) 626-2711
A 3-acre demonstration garden and educational facility offers tours and free classes on water-wise landscaping. A nearby oak grove features California Friendly® landscaping as well as a picnic area.
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Rancho Cucamonga Rancho Cucamonga
Sam & Alfreda Maloof Foundation
5131 Carnelian St., Rancho Cucamonga
(909) 980-0412
This 6-acre garden surrounds a historic residence and workshop handcrafted by renowned furniture maker and designer Sam Maloof. The natural and sustainable landscape is open to members of the public interested in learning more about water-wise native and compatible plants.
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San Diego County  
Water Conservation Garden

El Cajon
Water Conservation Garden
12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon
(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.

Las Pilitas Escondido
Las Pilitas Nursery
8331 Nelson Way, off of Old 395, Escondido
(760) 749-5930
Demonstration plantings at this California native plant nursery offer ideas for blending natives into home landscapes.
Briercrest Park La Mesa
Briercrest Park
Southside of Wakarusa St., north of Murray Dr., La Mesa
Conceived to emphasize the healing properties of landscape in an urban setting, this project sits on an original site of a Helix Water District reservoir. The 3-acre park is filled with native plants and a dry streambed.
City Makeover Program
Paradise Creek Educational Park

National City
Paradise Creek Educational Park
1815 Hoover Ave., National City
This wetlands reserve in the middle of urban San Diego County includes park trails, an amphitheater and many educational programs devoted to connecting adults and children with the impact they have on the watershed. Salt marsh plans and coastal sage habitat are featured.

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Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center landscaping Oceanside
Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center landscaping
2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside
(760) 439-2473
The nature center nestled within the state’s oldest ecological reserve is a fine example of the use of California Friendly® plants in a residential or commercial setting. The center offers classes, educational materials, tours and community meeting space.
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Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center

Poway
Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center
13104 Silver Lake Dr., Poway
(858) 646-9616
This American Indian cultural site offers a view of a working Kumeyaay-Ipai village and features native plants used by the ancient Indians for food, medicine and clothing.  Surrounding the village is a naturalistic landscape offering wonderful examples of native landscaping for use in homes.

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Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center landscaping San Diego
Ridgehaven Green Building Project
9601 Ridgehaven Ct., San Diego
(858) 694-7000Low-water-use plants and energy efficient outdoor lighting make this city of San Diego project extremely environmentally friendly. California Friendly® plants provide color and interest all year round.
Santa Barbara County  

The county of Santa Barbara keeps an excellent list of area demonstration gardens. http://www.sbwater.org/DemonstrationGardens.htm


Ventura County  
Camrosa Water District landscaping

Camarillo
Camrosa Water District landscaping
7385 Santa Rosa Rd., Camarillo
(805) 482-5143
Area residents can take free landscaping classes, or just enjoy the formal gardens and naturalistic plantings surrounding the headquarters of a water district. This native and drought-tolerant design is filled with ideas for home gardens. 

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Oxnard Oxnard
South Oxnard Public Library Garden
200 E. Bard Rd., Oxnard
Native plants and shrubs surround the new library; and educational information on water-wise landscaping is featured both inside and outside.
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