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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The California 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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