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.

Blake Garden
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 plants,

Capitol Park
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.

Chinese Temple
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.

Crystal Hermitage
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.

Descanso Gardens
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 international rosarium.

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.

Eddy Arboretum
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.

Filoli Center
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.

Fullerton Arboretum
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 collections.

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.

Greystone Park
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 photography.

Hakone Gardens
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

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 gardens.

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 Campus.

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 decorative chapels.

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 garden.

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 herb garden.

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.

Rengstorff House
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 food.

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 research facilities.

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 Children's Zoo.

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 Garden.

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 hummingbirds!

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 underplantings.

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.

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