Public gardens in California

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Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens
Santa Barbara recreational park centered on a man-made pond, featuring drought-tolerant plants. Overview with several photos and directions.
Alta Vista Botanical Gardens
Features rare and unusual plants from around the world in themed environments. Photo galleries, information about garden art and children's garden, and an event calendar. Near San Diego.
Arboretum at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Features plants grouped by geographic origin: Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and California, including a large collection of genus Erica. Visitor information, plant photo gallery, and event calendar.
Blake Garden
Estate garden at the official residence of the President of the University of California, located in Kensington. Visitor information, map, and history.
Blue Bird Haven Iris Garden
Victorian show garden in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, landscaped with iris, daffodils, wildflowers, shrubs and trees, and surrounded by an iris nursery.
Conejo Valley Botanic Garden
Garden in Thousand Oaks featuring collections of native plants, oak trees, water-conserving plants, and an abundant population of indigenous wildlife. Descriptions and information about events.
Conservatory of Flowers
The oldest existing public conservatory in the western hemisphere, located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Information on tours, plants, and using the facility for events.
Cornerstone Gardens
Series of walk-through gardens in Sonoma showcasing innovative designs by various landscape architects. Information about the designers, events, and exhibits.
Descanso Gardens
A 160-acre public garden in La CaƱada near Los Angeles. Schedule of events, information on visiting, membership and volunteering.
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
On the campus of California State University, Long Beach. History, online tour with descriptions and photographs, and information about membership, events, and education.
East Bay Regional Parks: Tilden Botanic Garden
Features representatives of nearly all the state's conifers and oaks, large collections of California manzanitas and ceanothuses, native bunchgrasses and aquatics. Description, map, information about native plant sales.
Elizabeth Gamble Garden
Palo Alto community horticultural organization tends a property with a historic home, and formal and demonstration gardens. Virtual tour, featured plants, and information about events, education, and children's programs.
Filoli Center
This 654-acre Bay Area estate garden represents the Golden Age of American Gardens, with house and gardens designed as complementary units. Events and educational programs, garden overview.
Forestiere Underground Gardens
Description of the underground home and gardens built from 1906 to 1946 in Fresno by Baldasare Forestier, with information about tours.
Fullerton Arboretum
Non-profit arboretum and botanical garden at California State University, Fullerton. Community resource for ecological, horticultural, and historical education. Visitor information, maps, plant database.
The Gardens at Heather Farm
Nonprofit education center in Walnut Creek serves as a living museum, a wildlife habitat, an outdoor classroom, and a place of beauty and enjoyment. Photos, information about membership and events.
Getty Center: Gardens
Description, photos, and plant listing for the garden within the Los Angeles visual arts center.
Guadalupe River Park & Gardens
Three-mile ribbon of park land along the banks of the Guadalupe River in downtown San Jose, featuring rose and rock gardens, sister city tributes, and a historic orchard.
Hakone Gardens
Japanese gardens built in 1918 in Saratoga, featuring koi pond, Zen and tea gardens, and a bamboo park. Photo gallery, visitor information.
Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Information and pictures covering the design, botanical collection, exhibits, events, and history of this garden located in Balboa Park.
The Japanese Garden Suiho En
This garden of water and fragrance in Van Nuys is fashioned after 18th and 19th century stroll gardens. It incorporates a dry garden, a wet garden with promenade, and an authentic tea ceremony garden. Includes descriptions, information, and photos.
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Its mission is to foster an awareness and appreciation of the role of plants in nature and in human affairs.
Lotusland
Large estate and botanic garden created by Madame Ganna Walska near Santa Barbara, composed of smaller themed gardens (Japanese, Australian; succulents, cycads, bromeliads, cacti). Education programs, events, visitor information.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
This garden fronting directly on the Pacific coast includes woodland, perennial, rhododendron, dahlia, and camellia gardens, a fern canyon, and a pacifica iris collection. Photos, visitor information, and event calendar.
Mildred E Mathias Botanical Garden
Located on the UCLA campus, this garden maintains a large botanical collection,with plant specimens from all over the world, including tropical and subtropical plants.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Located in Claremont, California, the Garden is home to 70,000 native Californian plants, representing 2,000 native species, hybrids and cultivars.
The Ruth Bancroft Garden
Private garden in Walnut Creek exemplifying a water-conserving design, featuring dramatic succulents, cacti, and arid-climate trees. Limited visiting hours. Photo gallery, visitor information, history and plant profiles.
San Diego Botanic Garden
Garden in Encinitas features rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, and a subtropical fruit garden. Information about visiting, volunteering, children's and adult events and classes.
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Mediterranean gardens at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park presents mission and visitor information, detailed map, course catalog, and plant sale schedule.
San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
Devoted to the display and study of the plants and ecosystems of the world's five Mediterranean climate zones.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Located on 65 acres in historic Mission Canyon, it features over 1,000 species of rare and indigenous plants.
Sherman Gardens and Library
Horticultural retreat in Corona del Mar, featuring a cactus and succulent garden, a tropical conservatory, rose, herb, and Japanese gardens. The library focuses on the history of the Pacific Southwest.
South Coast Botanic Garden
Located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula near Los Angeles, among this garden's distinct areas are a rose garden, a garden for the senses, a Japanese garden, and a cactus garden.
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
This educational and entertainment complex includes the McConnell Arboretum and Gardens and a butterfly conservatory. Visitor information and overview of programs and events.
UC Davis Arboretum
Living museum, outdoor classroom, and public garden with thousands of tree and plant species adapted to a Mediterranean climate. News, information about visiting, and calendar of events and programs.
University of California at Berkeley Botanical Garden
Features one of the most diverse plant collections in the United States, famous for its rare and endangered species. Information about collections, education, events, mission, and history.
University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens
Covers 40 hilly acres of scenic trails, specialty gardens, and geographical collections. Garden overview, visitor information, and event calendar.
Visual Golden Gate Park
Interactive map of the public park in San Francisco, with links to illustrated descriptions of many of its constituent gardens.
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