California gardens locations landscape designers
Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden
1500 Block of Santa Barbara Street (Corner of Micheltorena Street) Santa Barbara, CA 93102 (805)564-5437.
A series of subtropical gardens set within a 4 1/2 acre city park
feature over 100 species of unusual flowering and shade trees, palms
adapted to the coastal climate, and a lovely koi and lily pond.
Arboretum and Gardens at California State University, Fresno
2351 E. Barstow Avenue Fresno, CA 94740-0088 (559)278-2373 (Grounds Manager).
The 327 acre main campus of this university has been designated an
arboretum. Gardens include the Sneezeless Garden (for allergy
sufferers), the Peace Garden (with sculptures), a Rose Garden, and a
children's garden (the Environments Playground).
Arboretum of Los Angeles County
301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007 (626)821-3222.
Peacocks, waterfalls, tram rides! Not your usual arboretum fare, but
then this is a special arboretum. The 127 acre garden, benefitted by
the California Arboretum Foundation, is filled with lush gardens. A
citrus grove, an avacado orchard, a South American collection, a fig
grove, a tropical greenhouse, a rose garden, a garden for all seasons
and much more.
Azalea State Reserve
15336 Highway 101, Trinidad, CA 95570 (707)488-2041.
This 30 acre reserve for the western azalea produces clouds of fragrant
pink and white blooms during the spring. Other plants of the northern
California coast are included in the self-guided nature walk.
Bakersfield Museum of Art
Central Park, 1930 R Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301 (805)323-7219.
This museum's grounds include camellia and rose gardens.
Balboa Park Gardens
2125 Park Boulevard, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101 (619)2350-1103.
This extraordinary 1,400 acre city park in the heart of the city is
filled with museums and flowers. Gardens include the Japanese
Friendship Garden (see listing below), the Alcazar Garden (a formal
garden with boxwood hedges, fountains, and annuals, influenced by the
gardens of Alcazar Castle in Spain), the Botanical Building (a lath
house displaying 2,100 permanent tropical plants and changing seasonal
flowers), the Desert Garden (a 2.5 acre garden with 1,300 plants
including succulents and drought-resistant plants), the Old Cactus
Garden (mature cacti and succulents and exotic African and Australian
Protea plants), the Marston House Garden (a formal English
Romantic-style garden), the Palm Canyon (2 acres with 450 palms of 58
species), the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden (an All-America
Rose Selection garden with 2,400 rose bushes in 180 varieties), the San
Diego Zoo Botanical Collection (see listing below), and the Zoro Garden
(a sunken garden with a stone grotto and butterfly garden).
Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden
1201 Euclid Ave. (at Bay View Place), Codornices Park, Berkeley, CA 94708 (510)644-6530.
A lovely semi-circular terraced garden, with graduated colors, a pool
at the center and a 220 foot redwood pergola at the top, is a highlight
of this charming garden with over 3000 plants.
70 Rincon Road, Kensington, CA 94707 (650)-524-2449.
The 11 acre garden surrounds the home of the UC Berkeley President. The
College of Environmental Design uses this garden as a teaching garden.
With spectacular views of San Francisco Bay, the garden is anchored
with perennials, water lilies, ponds.
California Living Museum
10500 Alfred Harrell Highway, Bakersfield, California 93306-9654 (805)872-CALM.
CALM is a zoo, botanical garden, and natural history museum all in one
fascinating site, with over 200 native animals and over 2000 native
1300 1st Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916)324-0333.
This lovely park features 40 acres of gardens including a cactus and
succulent garden and an All-America Rose Selections rose garden. The
Park is also the site for a proposed World Peace Rose Garden
The Carter House
301 L Street, Eureka, California 95501 1-800-404-1390
This luxury inn displays an extensive organic kitchen garden. Guests
may help with the harvest, and the Master Gardener provides lectures,
seminars and tours.
1500 Broderick Street, Oroville, CA 95965-4871 (530)538-2496.
A Chinese Temple, built in 1863 to serve the Chinese families in the
area, includes a Chinese Garden with plants native to China.
College of the Desert Arboretum
43-500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (626)776-7312.
Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, JFK Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118 (415)558-3973.
A magnificent Victorian greenhouse with 11,000 square feet under glass
and 4,500 kinds of plants. Tropical plant collections include begonias,
gesneriads, bromeliads, orchids, aroids, carnivors, palms, cycads and
ferns. In addition to the permanent installations, seasonal floral
displays are featured year-round.
14618 Tyler Foote, Nevada City, CA 95959 (530)478-7587.
The gardens of this retreat center, offering views of the Middle Yuba
River valley, feature a wisteria colonade, pools, spring flowering
bulbs, summer perennials and annuals, hanging baskets, autumn foliage
color and camellias in the winter. The Mediterranean climate allows a
variety of lovely plantings.
1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011 (626)952-4400.
This 160 acre public garden, only twenty minutes from Los Angeles,
offers a Japanese Tea Garden, two camellia oak forests, a California
native plants garden, a fern canyon, a bird observatory and an
Dunsmuir House and Gardens
2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605 (510)615-5555.
The Historic Estate showcases an opulent, 11,000 square foot Colonial Revival mansion with formal gardens.
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
1250 Bellflower Boulevard, California State University, Long Beach, CA 90840 (562)985-8885.
This enchanting 1 1/2 acre garden features stone lanterns, 2 lion dogs,
a pagoda, a hillside of azaleas, a lake with a black pebble beach, a
moon bridge, a zig zag bridge, a tea house, a white birch woods, a dry
garden, black-stemmed bamboo and koi fish.
Institute of Forest Genetics, 2480 Carson Road, Placerville, CA 95667 (530)622-1225.
The Arboretum, founded in 1927, specializes in pines (70 varieties) as
well as other native and exotic conifers. A self-guided tour of the
labeled plantings is offered.
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden Center
1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650)329-1356.
The 2.3 acre site showcases a historic home, a carriage house, tea
house, and three gardens.The formal gardens include an heirloom rose
garden, a weeping cherry allee and grotto, and a wisteria garden and
fountain. The woodland garden, in which the tea house is sited,
displays collections of hydrangeas, camellias, and Japanese maples. The
demonstration gardens exhibits annual and perennial beds, espaliered
fruit trees, raised beds for disabled access, and an iris border.
Elysian Park Arboretum
N. Broadway and Academy Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
The Chavez Ravine Arboretum and botanical gardens were first planted in
1893, making Elysian Park Los Angeles' oldest park. The Park has been
threatened over the years with encroaching development, but has an
active Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park which has been active in
preserving and restoring the park. The web site has an inspiring story
about the woman who worked so diligently to save the park.
Exposition Park Rose Garden
701 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90007 (213)744-4772.
This extensive formal rose garden is a 300 feet by 800 feet sunken
quadrangle between the Natural History Museum, the Armory, and the
Exposition Building. With about two hundred cultivars in bloom each
season on 16,000 bushes, the garden is one of the largest and most
significant public display rose gardens in California. A fountain,
pergolas, sculpture and a lily pond also grace the premises.
Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary
1702 E. Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714)633-1442.
Fairmont Park Rose Garden
2601 Fairmont Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92521 (951)826-2000.
This Olmsted-designed city park features rose gardens including an All-America Rose Selections garden.
Fetzer Vineyards Garden
13601 Eastside Road, Hopland, CA 95449 (707)744-7444 or (800)846-8637.
This Mendicino County winery offers 5 acres of stunning gardens with 7
theme gardens, all of which are organic, including a habitat border,
formal gardens, Mediterranean gardens, flower borders, and a wine
education garden. The gardens also incorporate edible fruits, berries,
herbs and vegetables.
86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA 94062 (650)364-8300.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has preserved this lovely
estate with a Georgian Revival mansion. The impressive grounds presents
a succession of elegant garden rooms.
Fountain Square Rose Garden
City Hall, 7115 Greenback Lane, Citrus Heights, CA 95621(916)725-1585.
This city park displays a lovely All-America Rose Selections rose garden.
Friendship Garden at Brand Park
1601 West Mountain St. Glendale, CA 91201 (818)548-2147.
A 30 acre municipal park with rose garden and tea house. The Teahouse Brochure.
1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, CA 92831 (714)278-3579.
The Fullerton Arboretum resides on twenty six acres situated at the
northeast corner of the campus at California State University
Fullerton. The extraordinary facility is divided into three extensive
collections. The Temperate Zone, The Tropical Zone, and the Arid Zone.
In addition, there are numerous cultivated plantings of interest and
beauty. The web page gives a fascinating glimpse into the many diverse
Ganna Walska Lotusland
695 Ashley Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 (805)969-3767.
This special 37 acre exotic garden, created by Polish opera singer Mme.
Ganna Walska, features an outdoor theatre, a topiary garden, a
horticultural clock, a Neptune fountain, formal parteere and hedged
allees as well as collections of aloes, bromeliads, cacti and other
succulents, cycads, ferns, and palms. An article from Smithsonian
Magazine describes the garden as well as the remarkable woman behind it.
Guadalupe River Park and Gardens
715 Spring Street, San Jose, CA 95110 (408)298-7657.
In the process of development, the Gardens will add a variety of new
gardens to the now famous Heritage Rose Garden which displays over
3,500 varieties of roses.
905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310)550-4796 or (310)550-4654.
This 18 acre public park, surrounding the Doheny Mansion, offers formal
gardens, a fountain, and a pool and inner courtyard. The lovely setting
is often featured in films (from Nixon to Ghosbusters II) and still
21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070 (408)741-4994.
A former estated modeled after the Fuji-Hakone National Park, Hakone
contains four Japanese gardens the Hill and Pond Garden (for strolling
through wisteria and cherry blossoms), the Tea Garden (a quiet and
soothing walk to prepare for the tea ceremony), the Zen Garden (raked
gravel and stones) and the Kizuna-en (bamboo garden).
Hannah Carter Japanese Garden at UCLA
10619 Bellagio Road, W. Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 825-4574.
An authentic Kyoto style garden showcases antique carvings and
structures including the main gate, a teahouse, a five-tiered pagoda, a
moon-viewing deck, a family shrine, and bridges. Major symbolic rocks,
water basins, and stone carvings were imported and the plantings are
native to Japan. Reservations are required.
Harland Hand Garden Memorial Garden
El Cerrito, CA 94530.
A private garden open by appointment only, the 1/2 acre hillside garden
with 180 degree views of San Francisco Bay features over 3000 varieties
of rare plants displayed among concrete granite-like outcroppings and
21 ponds. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument
Off California Highway 1, San Simeon, CA (800)444-4445.
The Hearst Castle, a 137 foot Greek Revival Palace named (in an
sweeping understatement) Casa Grande, features 127 acres of extravagant
gardens, terraces, pools and guest houses.
Hortense Miller Garden
c/o Laguna Beach Recreation and Social Service Dept., 505 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA (949) 497-0716.
This 2 1/2 acre hillside garden is located at a private residence in a
gated community and is open to special tours arranged two weeks in
advance. The more than 1,500 plant species include native ones such as
coastal sage, poppies and bouganvillas.
Huntington Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 (626)405-2160.
150 acres of landscaped lawns with vistas, statues, tempiettos, and
benches surround the Huntington Art Galleries and Library.
Approximately 15,000 kinds of plants from all over the world are
landscaped into a series of theme gardens the Japanese Garden, Desert
Garden, the Rose Garden, the Camellia Garden, the Palm Garden, the
Subtropical Garden, the Jungle Garden, the Lily Ponds, the Herb Garden,
the Australian Garden and the Shakespeare Garden.
Japanese Friendship Garden
Balboa Park, 2125 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101 (619)232-2780.
A brand new garden featuring a Tea Pavillion, a dry garden, a koi pond
and waterfall, exhibit house and activity center. The web site has
wonderful pictures of construction progress and plans, as well as a
detailed exposition on the philosophy and symbolism of Japanese Gardens.
Japanese Friendship Garden
Kelley Park, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112 (408)277-2757.
Patterned after the Korakuen Garden in Okayama, this serene garden
features streams, waterfalls, a koi pond (with 600 koi), bridges,
fountains, peach trees, and a Japanese Tea House.
Japanese Tea Garden
East 5th and El Camino, San Mateo, CA 94403 650)522-7409.
Designed by Nagao Sakurai of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo, this serene
garden showcases a granite pagoda, a teahouse, lanterns, and bamboo
groves, seasonal blooms and rare plants that touch the shore of the
large cental koi pond.
John Muir National Historic Site
4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553 (925)228-8860.
This 8.8 acre park preserves the Victorian residence of John Muir, a
famous conservationist, and its grapes and fruit and nut trees. A
self-guided tours of the house, orchards and a nature trail on Mt.
Wanda are available.
Jurupa Mountains Cultural Center
7621 Granite Hill Drive, Riverside, CA 92509 (909)685-5818.
A large sunken garden beautifies the site of this Earth Science Museum
and Archeological Area and yes, there are dinosaurs - 7 of them.
Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens
9675 Scranton Road, Sorrento Mesa, CA 92121 (858)587-2739.
This brew-pub restaurant features 5 1/2 acres of oriental gardens with bridges and a koi pond.
Kimberly Crest House and Gardens
1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands, CA 92373-7049 (909)792-2111.
This Victorian era chateau is surrounded by terraced Italian gardens, orange groves and ponds, a wisteria arbor, and fountains.
Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve
Near milepost 43 on Highway 1 (Adjacent to Salt Point State Park), Plantation , CA 95421 (707)847-3286.
The site of an old forest fire has been transformed into 317 acres of
rhododendron and second-growth redwood, Douglas fir, and tan oak.
Lakeside Park Garden Center and Demonstration Gardens
666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 (510)238-4718.
The Garden Center is surrounded by theme gardens, including Japanese,
rhododendron, fuchsia, cactus, lily herb, iris, palm, fire escape,
city, vegetable, compost and herb gardens and a koi pond.
Landscapes Southern California Style
450 Alessandro Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92508 (909)780-4177.
This garden, a one acre water conservation demonstration garden created
through a joint effort of the University of California Cooperative
Extension and the Western Municipal Water District, showcases more than
200 species of plants in a natural setting and the irrigation systems
that contribute to water efficiency. 50 education stations let visitors
in on the secrets to this lovely landscape.
Living Desert Wildlife and Botanical Gardens
47-900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260- 6156 (760)346-5694.
A 1,200 acre interpretive center whose motto is "Like a Zoo, Only
Better'. In addition to mountain lions, wolves, javelina, bobcats,
golden eagles and much more in a natural setting, there are botanical
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenues, P.O. Box 1678, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 (707)524-5445.
On this garden site, from 1884 until his death in 1926, Luther Burbank
conducted his famous plant-breeding experiments. This Santa Rosa public
park offers special collections featuring plants developed by Luther
Burbank and thousands of exotic plants including a Rose Garden, a
Cutting Garden, a Victorian Garden, an Insect Attracting Garden, a
Bird/Butterfly Attracting Garden, a Drought Tolerant Garden, a Water
Garden, and a Home Orchard and Vegetable Garden, as well as a 1889
Greenhouse and a Museum.
Luther Burbank's Gold Ridge Experiment Farm
7781 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (707)829-6711.
Enjoy a tour around the farm used by famed botanist Luther Burbank or a virtual tour at this school web site.
M. Young Botanic Garden
14178 W. Kearney, Kerman, CA 93630 (207)846-7881.
Marin Art and Garden Center
30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross, CA 94957 (415)454-5597.
Towering oaks, woodland shrubs, signature trees, and a memorial garden grace the premises of this community Art Center.
Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903-4189 (415)499-6104.
This Frank Lloyd Wright landmark building includes a conservation
garden of native plants on the fourth floor (you read that correctly).
For those who like their gardens in more traditional places, there is a
patio fountain and pond.
Markham Regional Arboretum
West end of La Vista Avenue off Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521 (925)681-1551 or (510)486-1550.
This sixteen-acre nature park focuses on plants native to California
and other Mediterranean climates. A natural stream, a rose garden, and
an herb garden also grace this urban park. A 3.5 acre arboretum and
international garden with wisteria arbor is under development.
Mary Balen Zaninovich Memorial Rose Garden
31381 Pond Road, McFarland, CA 93250 (661)792-3151.
An All-America Rose Selections garden.
McKinley Park Rose Garden
H Street near 33rd Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 (916)277-6060.
This 1.5 acre All-America Rose Selections garden displays 1,000 rose bushes, tree roses and blooming annuals.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
18220 N. Highway One, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 (707)964-4352.
The 47 acre of lush plantings flourish in the mild maritime climate
provided by the Gardens' ocean setting. Features include a Perennial
Garden, a Woodland Garden, a Tender Rhododendrons Garden, a Heritage
Rose Garden, coastal bluffs with flowers, a Heather Garden, a Dahlia
Garden, a Vegetable Garden, the Fern Canyon, the North Forest, a
Camellia Collection, a Display House, and the Pacifica Iris Collection.
Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
Tiverton Avenue (near Hospital Emergency Center), University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (310)825-1260.
Over 5000 species in 225 families from all over the world thrive in this seven-acre garden.
Mission Historical Park and A. C. Postal Memorial Rose Garden
2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (805)564-5418.
The grounds of this historic mission display an All-America Rose
Selections garden with over 1,500 bushes plus native and early
California plant gardens.
Morcom Rose Garden
(formerly Morcom Amphitheater of Roses), 700 Jean Street, Oakland, CA 94612 (510)238-7418.
Set in 8 acres of picturesque gardens, terraces, fountains, reflecting
pools and Mediterranean architecture are the backdrop for more than 500
All-American rose selections and a collection of historic hybrid teas
from the 1920's to the 1950's.
Moorten Botanical Garden/Cactarium
1701 So. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264 (760)327-6555.
This Garden specializes in desert flora, with more than 3,000 species
of desert plants from around the world, but also serves as a sanctuary
to birds. Nature trails, giant cacti, trees, succulents and flowers all
contribute to the magic of this garden.
Mourning Cloak Ranch and Botanical Gardens
22101 Old Town Road, Tehachapi, CA 93561 (661)822-1661.
Named after an attractive butterfly found in the area, the Ranch offers
tree-shaded gardens with over 2,200 species from the world over,
labeled for visitors who wander the meandering paths. Take time to see
the carriage collection, also.
Naval Training Center
Point Loma, San Diego, CA 92147 (619)553-8330.
This military base offers a restored rose garden.
New Guinea Sculpture Garden
Lomita Drive and Santa Teresa St. (near Bechtel International Center),
Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2145 (650)695-8845.
Ten master sculptors from New Guinea and a team of American and New
Guinean landscape architects collaborated to create this unique and
stunning garden located in an oak and cedar grove on the Stanford
Niguel Botanical Preserve
29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Crown Valley Community Park, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 (949)425-5126.
This 16 acre preserve within a city park displays native plants and
plants from countries that share Southern California’s dry climate.
Niles Rose Garden
Niles Boulevard at Nursery Boulevard, Fremont, CA (510)790-5503.
The roses bloom amid rare trees and shrubs at this historic site. A
butterfly garden adjoins. The Friends of Heirloom Flowers Garden Club
help tend it.
Old Mission Santa Ines
1760 Mission Drive, P.O. Box 408, Solvang, CA 93464 (805)688-4815.
The nineteenth of the twenty-one Franciscan Missions in California,
this operating historic mission has beautifully landscaped grounds and
gardens in addition to interesting relics. The web site has a slide
tour so vivid you can almost feel the California sunshine.
Olivas Adobe Historic Park
4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, CA 93003 (805)658-4728.
2 acre public park includes a historical herb garden.
Otto & Sons Nursery
1835 East Guiberson Road, Fillmore, CA 93015 (805)524-2123.
This 12 acre commercial nursery displays 50,000 roses of over 450 varieties.
Overfelt Gardens Park
1776 Educational Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95133-1703 (408)251-3323.
Overfelt Gardens, a tranquil public park with trees, shrubs, flowering
plants and a pond, is also home to the Chinese Cultural Gardens. The
Chinese Gardens are enhanced by a 30 foot bronze and marble statue of
the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius overlooking a reflecting pond
and an ornamental Friendship Gate.
Pacific Asia Museum
46 N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 (626)449-2742.
The Chinese courtyard garden aims to bring a deeper understanding of
nature into one's heart and home to impart serenity and induce
contemplation. The elegant formal design includes a koi pond.
Pageant of Roses Garden Rose Hills Memorial Park
3900 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 91748 (323)699-0921.
Rose Hills Memorial Park, perhaps the largest cemetery in the world,
eschews the usual statuary and tombstones (most markers are flush to
the ground), and instead features a Japanese Garden, the famous Pageant
of Roses Garden with over 600 varieties of roses, topiary, and
Quail Botanical Gardens
P.O. Box 230005, 230 Quail Garden Drive, Encinitas, CA 92023 (760)436-3036.
Twenty-four gardens at this impressive site include the Walled Garden,
the Victorian Gazebo, a Bamboo Garden (with one of the largest
collections in the world), the Old Fashioned Garden, the Canary Islands
Garden, the Old World Desert Garden, the New World Desert Garden, the
Pan Tropical/Tropical Rainforest Exhibit, the Pacific Collection,
California Natives Garden, the Herb Garden, demonstration gardens, and,
for those who have seen every other kind of garden, a fire safety
Quarryhill Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 232, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707)996-3166.
Located on a 20-acre hillside, this Garden collects and grows seed of
rare and unusual plants from Asia -- primarily China and Tibet -- to
determine their potential as landscape plants. It presently has 10,000
plants from over 300 genera. The Sacramento Bee web site contains an
interesting article about the work of Quarryhill. Visits to the garden
are by appointment only, sorry to say.
Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens
6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA 90815-4706 (562)431-3541.
The gardens of this beautiful historical 7.5 acre ranch are divided
into eleven areas including a native garden and a rose garden and are
praised for their understated elegance.
Rancho Los Cerritos Museum
4600 N. Virginia Road, Long Beach, CA 90807 (562)570-1755.
The large Monterey-style adobe ranch home is surrounded by lovely
gardens, landscaped by Ralph Cornell, and include historic roses, trees
dating from the mid 1800's, an old water tower, exotic plants and an
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-3157 (909)625-8767 or (909)626-7670.
Located at an elevation of 1,350 feet on the outwash plain of the San
Gabriel Mountains, the 86-acre Garden is laid out in three areas Indian
Hill Mesa ( the Southern Riparian Woodland, the California Cultivar
Garden, the Basketry Trail, the Oak Woodland Trail, and the Home
Demonstration Garden), the East Alluvial Gardens (the Desert Garden,
the Coastal Dune, the California Channel Islands collections and the
California Fan Palm Oasis), and the Plant Communities display. Large
Coast Live Oaks, several hundred years old and native to the site,
populate the slope between the Mesa and alluvial areas of the Garden.
Redding Arboretum by the River
800 Auditorium Drive, Redding, CA 96099-2360 (530)243-8850.
Now known as Turtle Bay Museums and Arboretum on the River, Redding
Arboretum is a 200 acre oak savannah, wetlands and riparian habitat. In
the future, the arboretum will feature 30 to 40 acres of intensively
developed gardens with regional native plants, shrubs, and trees, as
well as specialty gardens such as wedding, kitchen, wildflower,
restoration, native and herb.
Shoreline Park, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043 (650)903-6392.
The grounds of this restored Italianate house feature lawns, beautiful
gardens with year-round blooming flowers and spacious brick patios.
Regional Parks Botanic Garden
Tilden Regional Park, Wildcat Canyon Road and South Park Drive, Berkeley, CA 94708 (510)562-7275.
The ten acre garden is organized into ten major California climate
areas for an educational as well as enjoyable display of plants from
all over California. Special collections of wild lilacs, manzanitas,
bunchgrasses and aquatics highlight the exhibits.
Ruth Bancroft Garden, Inc.
(Office) 1 Avis Court, Orinda, CA 94563-3627 (925)254-0875.
A Garden Conservancy garden. The garden began as a single succulent
planted in a three acre orchard of dying walnut trees and increased
from there to an outstanding collection of dry climate plants,
including aloes, agaves, yuccas, and echeverias. Garden address is not
advertised because the garden is open by appointment only.
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92103 (619)234-3153.
San Diego Zoo Botanical Collection is an accredited botanical garden
with over 6,000 species of plants. Collections include orchids, cycads,
fig trees, palms, and coral trees. Whimsical animal topiaries are
featured throughout the Zoo. Naturalistic animal exhibits are heavily
planted and resemble the animals' native habitats while other plants,
such as bamboo, eucalyptus, acacia, and hibiscus, are grown for animal
San Jose Heritage Rose Garden
Spring and Taylor Streets, San Jose, CA (408)298-7657.
More than 3,400 varieties of heritage, modern and miniature roses are
displayed in concentric rings in this celebration of roses, maintained
by dedicated volunteers.
San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
Dana Ave. and Naglee, San Jose , CA (408)277-5561.
Surrounded by redwood trees and green lawns, this exquisite 5 1/2 acre
garden is devoted exclusively to roses. It features over 4,000 rose
shrubs with 189 varieties represented. Hybrid teas comprise 75 percent
of the plantings, while climbers, miniatures, floribundas,
grandifloras, and polyanthas are also displayed in a lovely setting
with a reflecting pool and fountains.
San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
El Chorro Regional Park (5 miles north of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1), P.O. Box 4957, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403 (805)546-3501.
Now you can visit the attractive preview garden displaying an
assortment of plants from Mediterranean climates, but in the future you
will be delighted with 150 acres of extensive plant collections and
Santa Ana Zoo
Prentice Park, 1801 East Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714)835-7484 (4 (714)836-4000.
This 20 acre includes the Main Zoo (primarily primates), Colors of the
Amazon (Amazon plants and animals), the Amazon's Edge (recreation the
the Amazon River banks), the Rain Forest (tropical vegetation and
animals), Life in the Treetops, the African Aviary, the Australian
Yard, the South American Yard, the Endangered Species Exhibit and the
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (805)682-4726.
Located on 65 acres in historic Mission Canyon, the Santa Barbara
Botanic Garden features over 1,000 species of rare and indigenous
California plants organized into habitat areas such as Redwood, Meadow,
and Desert sections, or representing a specific genus of plants, such
as the Manzanita and Ceanothus Sections. Perennial borders, the Home
Demonstration Garden, and the groundcover display bed demonstrate the
ornamental use of water-conserving plants.
Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
500 Ninos Drive (Off Carillo Boulevard), Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3759 (805)963-5695.
Over 700 fabulous animals from prairie dogs to elephants populate this
hilltop pink stucco former mansion now one of America's finest zoos.
Two narrow gauge zoo trains travels through lush foliage along the 1
1/3 mile track with views of toucans, white-handed gibbons, birango
giraffes and a bird refuge.
Sherman Library and Gardens
2647 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, CA 92625 (949)673-2261.
The Sherman Library and Gardens, covering a city block, emphasizes a
full palette of garden color. More than 1000 species and over 200
genera from desert regions to tropical zones are displayed the gardens
including a Cactus and Succulent Garden, a Discovery Garden and a Rose
Shinn Historical Park and Arboretum
1251 Peralta Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94536-4016 (510)791-4340.
A 4. 5 acre City of Fremont Park surrounds the Shinn House with landscaped grounds featuring unusual specimen trees.
Shinzen Japanese Garden
Woodward Park Japanese Garden, P.O. Box 16178 (Adjacent to Freeway 41), Fresno, CA 93755-6178 (559)226-8034.
This 5 acre friendship garden features a tea house, koi pond, double
moon bridge (for double good luck) and six other bridges, and is
divided into a spring section (Taira Ume Grove, Camellia Garden and
Lake Viewing Vista, and Edddie Ronquillo Meditation Vista) a summer
section (Bog Island Garden, Alice Standeford Azumaya and a Dry Stream),
an autumn section (Tembo Dai and Meditative Knoll area) and a winter
section (Waterfall and Stream views).
Sierra Azul Nursery
2660 East Lake Avenue (Highway 152), Watsonville, CA 95076 (831) 763-0939.
A 2 acre retail nursery with display gardens featuring "Mediterranean
Mounds" of plants chosen to thrive in dry climates. Watch for the
Sonoma Horticultural Nursery
3970 Azalea Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (707)823-6832.
A retail nursery with over 1200 rhododendrons and 600 azaleas in a
display garden that also features a pond, a woodland walk, camellias,
flowering dogwood viburnum, clematis, tree peonies and variegated
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Pennisula, CA (310)544-6815.
Frogs can become princes, as this lovely 87 acre garden atop an old
landfill demonstrates. The plant collections (150,000 plants, 140
families, 700 genera and 2000 species) showcase a variety of plant
materials providing attractive textures, shapes, and color throughout
the year. Gardens include the Volunteer Garden (flower, vegetable, bulb
and cactus gardens), the Color Garden, the James J. White Rose Garden
(an All-America Rose Selections garden), the Nursery, the Plant
Collections and the Garden of the Senses. It took more than a kiss, but
this garden, if not a miracle, is a true inspiration.
Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Golden Gate Park, Ninth Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA 94122 (415)661-1316.
Located on 55 acres in Gold Gate Park, the Strybing contains a wealth
of luxuriant gardens. In addition to three climate gardens (the
Mediterranean Climate Gardens, the Temperate and Mild Temperate
Gardens, the Montane Climate Tropical Gardens) there are a host of
specialty gardens (Entry Garden, Library Courtyard, Demonstration
Gardens, Rock Garden, Takamine Garden, James Nobel Dwarf Conifer
Garden, New World Cloud Forest, South Africa, California Native Plants,
Redwood Nature Trail, Southern and Western Australia, Eric Walther
Succulent Garden, Perennials from Mexico, California Children's Garden,
Old World Cloud Forest, Moon-Viewing Garden, Jennie B. Zellerbach
Garden of Perennials, Chile, New Zealand, Eastern Australia, Primitive
Plant Garden, Heidelburg Hill and Magnolias, Biblical Garden, and
Garden of Fragrance).
Sunset Publishing Corporation Gardens
80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650)321-3600.
This corporate headquarters features fascinating gardens arranged by
climate zones. Gardens include the Northwest (including woodland plants
and rhododendrons), Northern California (redwoods, oaks, and drought-
and shade-tolerant plants), Central California (coastal plants and
heat-tolerant plants), the Southwest Desert and Southern California
(cacti, succulents and drought-tolerant perennials), the Butterfly
Garden and the Test Garden (evaluating plants, etc.).
Tournament House and Wrigley Gardens
391 South Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91184 (626)449-4100.
The Italian Renaissance mansion, once home to William Wrigley Jr., is
headquarters for the Tournament of Roses Association. Three gardens,
including an English style All-America Rose Selections garden, display
2,000 rose bushes of over 100 varieties.
Turtle Bay Museums & Arboretum on the River University of California Davis Arboretum
University of California, One Shields Avenue (Postal), LaRue Avenue (Headquarters), Davis, CA 95616 (530)752-2498.
This lovely 100 acre public arboretum displays over 4000 different
kinds of plants. Located on both sides of Putah Creek, it specializes
in plants that thrive in the Mediterranean climate. The collections are
arranged in successive gardens the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of
California Native Plants, the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden (perennials and
shrubs), the Carolee Shields White Flower Garden (based on medieval
moon-viewing gardens), the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove, the The
Mediterranean Section, the Weier Redwood Grove, the North Coast Area,
the California Foothill Section, the Desert Station and more.
University of California Irvine Arboretum and Gene Bank
Near Intersection of Jamboree Road and Campus Drive, North Campus, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697 (949)824-5833.
In addition to its work propagating more than 200 species of endangered
plants, this 14-acre garden Arboretum and research facility features
extensive collections of South African plants (includings thousands of
bulbs), a native plant collection, a butterfly garden, a wildflower
garden, orchids, and a perennial garden
University of California Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045 (510)643-2755.
Located on 34 acres in Strawberry Canyon above the Berkeley campus
overlooking the San Francisco Bay, the Garden exhibits over 13,000
species of plants from the entire world arranged by region, with the 5
more heavily represented families being the Cactus family, (2,669),
Lily family (1,193), Sunflower family (1,151), Heath family (897), and
Orchid family (950). Special collections include Chinese medicinal
herbs, plants of economic importance, Old Rose cultivars, and
California native plants, as well as greenhouses and a rainforest house.
University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (831)427-2998.
The gardens of this important arboretum arranged by region include
collections of plants from Australia, California, South Africa, and New
Zealand. Other gardens include the Eucalyptus Grove, the Aroma Garden,
Conifers, Primitive Flowering Plants, Rare Fruit Exhibit, the Laurasian
Forest, the Cactus and Succulent Garden, the South American Section and
the Natives Come First Garden.
University of California Riverside Botanic Garden
Riverside , CA 92521-0124 (909)787-4650.
This 39-acre living plant museum displays more than 3,500 plant species
in the microclimates provided by the Garden's variable terrain. Special
collections include California Deserts, Baja, Australian, Latin
American, and South African plants, as well as cacti, cycads, herbs,
irises, lilacs, roses, shade-loving plants (in a geodesic dome
lathhouse), and rare subtropical fruits. As a bonus the visitor can
watch for the almost 200 bird species have been officially observed or
wander on the four miles of scenic trails.
Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts
15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga, CA 95071 (408)961-5800.
A 175 acre public park surrounds the Mediterranean-style Villa, now an
art, literature, architecture and music center, in the foothills of the
Santa Cruiz mountains.
Virginia Robinson Gardens
1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310)276-5367.
The estate of one of the first homes in Beverly Hills, this public park
displays six acres of hillside gardens featuring exotic tropical and
subtropical plants. Special displays include a unique palm grove,
camellias, azaleas, and a variety of unusual trees. Brick paths
connected terraced patio gardens with fountains and ponds.
Wasco Rose Garden
1280 Papler, Wasco, CA In the heart of a rose growing area, this garden displays over 1,500 rose bushes.
Watts Senior Citizen Center Rose Garden
1657 East Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90002.
An All-America Rose Selections garden.
Western Hills Nursery
16250 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental, CA 95465 (707) 874-3731.
The three acres of this lovely commercial nursery display garden are
covered with rare and unusual plants from temperate areas of the world.
Throughout the year, approximately 1,600 different kinds of plants are
available. Meandering gravel paths lead to a large water-lily pond, a
beautiful bog garden, banks of giant flaxes, euphorbias and gorgeous
agaves in full flower.
Westminster Rose Garden
Civic Center, 8200 Westminster Avenue, Westminster, CA 92683 (714)895-2860.
Located at the Westminster Civic Center is this AARS display garden with 1520 plants and 170 varieties.
William Joseph McInnes Botanical Garden and Campus Arboretum
Mills College, 5000 McArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613-1301 (415)430-2158 or 1-800-87-MILLS.
This wooded campus features a botanical garden that is available for student research and independent study.
World Peace Rose Garden
Capitol Park, 1300 1st Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 (800)205-1223.
This site in Capitol Park (see listing above) features a heart-shaped
garden with over 1,000 rose bushes. Part of the Sacramento based
International World Peace Rose Gardens.
Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens
Avalon Canyon Road, P.O. 2739, Avalon, CA 90704 (310)510-2595.
The memorial is to William Wrigley Jr., of chewing gum fame, for his
work in beautifying Catalina Island. The 38 acres of Gardens, in
keeping with his interests, specialize in plants of Catalina and other
California islands, including many rare and endangered plants.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Esplanade Gardens
Mission Street between 3rd and 4th, San Francisco, CA (415) 543-1718.
These dramatic gardens include a Butterfly Garden, Oche Wat Te
Ou/Reflection (a tribute to the native Ohlone Indians), the Sister
Cities Garden (with plants from San Francisco’s 13 sister cities), the
East Garden (a synergism of Eastern and Western ideas), the Rooftop
Gardens, a Memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr., and sculpture.