Snuggled at the lower slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains on 86 verdant, lush acres, less than 35 miles from Los Angeles, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the largest California native botanic garden. Established in 1927, it is home to more than 2,000 kinds of native plants that grow in southern California, southern Oregon, western Nevada and Baja California, Mexico. The Garden is divided into three distinct areas: Indian Hill Mesa, with lilacs and manzanitas; the East Alluvial Gardens with desert and coastal dune plants; and Plant Communities, with impressive displays of boojum trees, Four-needled Pinyon, and California Flannel Bushes. The Gardens also have a magnificent butterfly garden and more than a hundred kinds of birds that roam the garden freely. Besides enjoying the serene, lush environment, visitors can also listen to the occasional concert, take part in docent-guided tour or a guided bird-watching walk.
1500 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711, Phone: 909-625-8767
Photo: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
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