The Arizona Cactus Garden (30,000 square feet or 2,800 m2), also known as the Stanford Cactus Garden, is a botanical garden specializing in cactus and succulents. The Arizona Cactus Garden was planted in the late 1880s by the Stanfords, adjacent to the site of their proposed new residence at the Palo Alto Stock Farm. The Arizona Cactus Garden is located on the campus of Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA, and open to the public daily without charge.
Balboa Park Gardens are areas of Balboa Park in San Diego, California. The Park was ranked among the Best Parks in the World by the Project for Public Places in 2003 (13 out of 24) for its mixture of horticulture and art and culture. There are more than eight gardens in the park, which includes Alcazar Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Friendship Garden, Desert Garden, and Botanical Building.
Ruth Bancroft Garden
1552 Bancroft Road,
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
The Ruth Bancroft Garden 2.5 acres (10,000 m²) is a dry botanical garden containing more than 2,000 cactus, succulents, trees, and shrubs native to Africa, Australia, California, Chile, and Mexico. It has been open to the public since 1992. Today the Garden is an outstanding landscape of xerophytes (dry-growing plants).
70 Rincon Road
Kensington, CA 94707, United States
Blake Garden (10.9 acres) is a botanical public garden located at 70 Rincon Road in Kensington, California, United States. The garden contains a large diversity of plant materials that grow in our Mediterranean type climate and contains new and historic garden design and structures designed and built by UC professors, students and garden staff. The garden includes over 1200 species of established plants laid out within a formal, Italian-style garden with long reflecting pool, water garden, a grotto, a two-sided staircase, as well as an arboretum and views of a Mediterranean garden.
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
Santa Rosa Ave & Sonoma Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens (1 acre) is a city park containing the former home, greenhouse, gardens, and grave of noted American horticulturist Luther Burbank. The grounds are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to dusk year-round for self guided tours and reserved Group tours. The gardens include many of Burbank’s horticultural introductions, with collections of cactus, fruit trees, ornamental grasses, medicinal herbs, roses, and walnuts. It was declared in 1964 a National Historic Landmark.
California State University Northridge Botanic Garden
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8403, United States
The CSUN Botanic Garden is located in the southeast quadrant of California State University, Northridge, in Northridge, California. It has evolved over the years since its dedication in 1959. Originally planted with California natives, the 1.5-acre Garden and Greenhouse Complex is now a collection of some 1,200 plant species representing many regions and climates. The CSUN Botanic Garden sponsors CSUN-al Gardening, a series of four free gardening-themed classes a year.
929 Academy Road,
Los Angeles, California
The Chavez Ravine Arboretum, in Elysian Park, contains more than 1,000 varieties of trees from around the world, including what are believed to be the oldest and largest Cape Chestnut, Kauri, and Tipu trees in the United States. The Chavez Ravine Arboretum was declared a Historic Cultural Monument in 1967. Planting of rare trees in the Arboretum continued through the 1920s, and most of the original trees are still standing in their regal grandeur. Many of the trees are the oldest and largest of their kind in California and even the United States.
Chico University Arboretum
California State University, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929
Chico State is in the heart of Chico—a special city, rich with history, music, arts, and a deep connection to the surrounding land. Nearby Bidwell Park is a vast resource of trails, trees, and a creek that flows through the park, into Chico’s downtown, and then right down the middle of campus. The Chico University Arboretum is located across the campus of California State University, Chico California State University.
College of the Desert Arboretum
43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
The College of the Desert Arboretum is a new arboretum now being planted across the College of the Desert campus. The arboretum contains desert trees, plants and shrubs. The development of the arboretum is still ongoing and is intended to be a long term, campus-wide project, and an integral part of the agricultural curriculum.
Conejo Valley Botanical Garden
350 W Gainsborough Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
The Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is located in Thousand Oaks, California, USA, in the Conejo Valley 39 miles west of Los Angeles. The Garden is naturally suited to establish itself as the center for the teaching, study and enjoyment of any and all environmental activities. The Garden contains mostly native species, and displays over 60 types of salvia, of which at least 10 are California native species. The Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is a non-profit organization managed entirely by volunteers.
1418 Descanso Drive,
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
Descanso Gardens located in La Cañada Flintridge, California is a 150 acres (61 ha) botanical garden. Descanso Gardens is an urban retreat of year-round natural beauty, internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays. Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens
P.O. Box 242,
Dunsmuir, CA 96025
Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens is a 10-acre (40,000 m2) botanical garden maintained by volunteers within Dunsmuir City Park in the city of Dunsmuir, California near Mount Shasta. Unique to this area are many Shasta lilies growing on the hillsides and the beautiful, fragrant native azaleas that grow along the river. During the spring and summer, various annuals greet visitors with a rainbow of colors. This botanical garden are managed as a non-profit organization and supported entirely by donations, annual memberships, fund-raisers and dedicated volunteers.
2480 Carson Road
Placerville, California 95667-5199
The Eddy Arboretum at the Institute of Forest Genetics in Placerville, California, USA contains what is claimed to be the best-documented collection of pines in the world, in addition to many other native and exotic conifers. Seventy-eight pine species, 24 firs, and many other conifers are presently included in the collection.
Edgewood Botanic Garden
436 Edgewood Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
The Edgewood Botanic Garden is a small botanical garden of less than 1 acre (0.4 ha). It is dedicated to the native plants of the region, it also supports about ten species of trees, not all are native to the site.
86 Cañada Road,
Woodside, California 94062
Filoli is a country house set in 16 acres (6.5 ha) of formal gardens surrounded by 654 acres (265 ha) estate. Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. The gardens of Filoli offer visitors the chance to learn about the estate’s renowned horticulture practices or to simply enjoy the serenity for which they were designed.
1900 Associated Road,
Fullerton CA 92831
The Fullerton Arboretum is a 10 ha (26 acre) botanical garden with a collection of over 4,000 unique and unusual plant species from around the world. It is the largest botanical garden in Orange County. With its ponds, streams and wildlife, the Fullerton Arboretum offers a tranquil retreat from a fast-paced urban life.
Gardens at Heather Farm
1540 Marchbanks Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
The Gardens at Heather Farm 6 acres (24,000 m²) are a relatively new set of gardens with sweeping view of Mount Diablo, and open to the public 7 days a week during daylight hours at Walnut Creek, California, USA. Visitors can enjoy a broad range of plants situated in more than twenty-four demonstration gardens and learning sites, all with handicapped accessible pathways. No toxins are used in the garden.
6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819
The Goethe Arboretum is a botanical garden situated on the north end of the Sacramento State University campus. The arboretum was named in honor of Charles Goethe (1875–1966), a land developer, philanthropist, conservationist, eugenicist and one of the university’s founding fathers. The Goethe Arboretum only began with 45 trees and over the years has grown into a 3 acre with over 600 types of trees, shrubs, and flowers.
Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park,
The Conservatory of Flowers is a large botanical greenhouse constructed in 1878 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. After four years of construction, rebuilding, and preserving the collection of flora and fauna, the Conservatory re-opened it to the public September of 2003. The Conservatory of Flowers is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the California Register of Historic Places, is a California Historical Landmark, and a San Francisco Designated Landmark.
Hakone Gardens is a traditional Japanese garden in Saratoga, California, USA. It claims to be the oldest Japanese-style residential garden in the Western Hemisphere. In 1915, inspired by both a lifelong interest in Japanese Culture and their travels throughout Japan, San Francisco cultural leaders Oliver and Isabel Stine purchased 18 acres of Saratoga hillside to build a summer retreat for family and friends.
Harland Hand Memorial Garden is half an acre (one fifth hectare) botanical garden built on a hillside of the El Cerrito Hills in El Cerrito, California. The garden is known for its dramatic color combinations and panoramic view over San Francisco Bay. Harland Hand [1922-1998], inspired by the principles of fine art and rock formations in the High Sierra, designed this hillside garden with breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay.
Huntington Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road,
San Marino, CA 91108
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is an educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington in 1919 in San Marino near Pasadena, California in the United States. Huntington was also a man of vision – with a special interest in books, art, and gardens. During his lifetime, he amassed the core of one of the finest research libraries in the world, established a splendid art collection, and created an array of botanical gardens with plants from a geographic range spanning the globe.
Humboldt Botanical Garden
2436 6th Street
Eureka, CA 95501
The Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation was organized by a small group of Volunteers in 1991. The goal was to create an educational botanical garden in for the Northern region. HBGF provides direction for the building of a world-class botanical garden for the Northern California region.
Japanese Friendship Garden
1300 Senter Road,
San Jose, CA 95112-2520
The Japanese Friendship Garden is a walled section of Kelley Park in San Jose, California, USA. In a very peaceful, relaxing setting, enjoy the unique bridges, ponds and pathways that exquisitely demonstrate the fine art of classic Japanese landscape gardening. You can even feed the fish.
The Japanese Garden
6100 Woodley Ave,
Van Nuys, California, 91406
The Japanese Garden 6.5 acres (26,000 m²) is located on the grounds of the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys, California, USA, in the midst of the San Fernando Valley. The balance of positive and negative forces, Yin & Yang, are present here. The Garden has been ranked tenth out of 300 public Japanese gardens in the United States by the Journal of Japanese Gardening.
Jensen Botanical Gardens
8520 Fair Oaks Boulevard,
Carmichael, CA 95608
The Charles C. Jensen Botanical Gardens are botanical gardens located Carmichael, California. The gardens exhibit a variety of flora including camellias, dogwoods, azaleas, and rhododendrons.
12500 Campus Drive,
The Emile L. Labadie Arboretum is an arboretum operated by the Landscape Horticulture department of Merritt College. The Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Program and its facilities are among the largest in northern California.
Leaning Pine Arboretum
Horticulture and Crop Science Department
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, Ca 93407
The Leaning Pine Arboretum is located on 5 acres (20,000 m2) at the north end of the California Polytechnic State University campus in San Luis Obispo, California. Collections are arranged primarily by nativity and feature a diverse array of trees, shrubs, and other landscape plants appropriate for California’s Central Coast area. The Leaning Pine Arboretum is a living laboratory of plants for all to enjoy.
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is located at Palm Desert, California, a desert botanical gardens and a zoo. For almost four decades The Living Desert has been engaged in the important work of preserving, conserving and interpreting the desert and all its varied plant and animal life. Today, the gardens claim to be the only American zoo and garden dedicated solely to the deserts of the world, and provide environmental education, native wildlife rehabilitation, plant propagation and captive breeding of both native and African species.
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Ave,
Arcadia, CA 91007
The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a 127 acre (51.5 ha) arboretum, botanical garden, and historical site located near the San Gabriel Mountains at Arcadia, California. Home to plant collections from all over the world, including many rare and endangered species, The Arboretum also houses outdoor historical landmarks representative of the major phases of California history.
Montecito, California, USA
The place-name Lotusland, also known as the (15 ha / 37 acres) Ganna Walska Lotusland Estate, is the historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska. Madame Ganna Walska’s Lotusland estate gardens contain a various distinct and excellent gardens of exceptional design and artistic creativity with botanical and horticultural depth.
Marin-Bolinas Botanical Gardens
250 Mesa Road,
Bolinas, California, USA
The Marin-Bolinas Botanical Gardens is a botanical garden specializing in succulents. The gardens now contain over 2,000 species; the children’s garden alone has 280 types of succulents. The gardens were created by Dr. Herman Schwartz, a retired physician.
Markham Regional Arboretum
1202 La Vista Avene
The Markham Regional Arboretum (16 acres / 65,000 m²) is a natural arboretum located at Concord, California. Today this arboretum is a place of quiet beauty less than 20 blocks from downtown Concord.
Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus,
California, United States
The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is a small 7-acre (2.8 ha) botanical garden located on the campus of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). This garden maintains one of the most important living botanical collections in the United States,with plant specimens from all over the world.
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
840 Sundial Bridge Drive,
Turtle Bay Exploration Park, is a museum complex that interprets the relationship between humans and nature. Turtle Bay Exploration Park educates visitors of all ages with entertaining and stimulating exhibitions and programs that interpret the complex relationships between people and their environments.
William Joseph McInnes Botanic Garden and Campus Arboretum
Mills College in Oakland, California, USA
The William Joseph McInnes Botanic Garden and Campus Arboretum is located at the Mills College in Oakland, California. The Botanic Garden is a “living laboratory” within the Biology Department. The garden’s plant collection includes a number of California native plants, succulent plants, ferns and exotics used mainly for lecture/lab studies, but also for more specific student projects.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
18220 North Highway One,
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are located in Fort Bragg, California, it includes canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, and a closed-cone pine forest. The Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays to thunderous waves. The mild maritime climate makes it a garden for all seasons, attracting gardeners and nature lovers.
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
California State University, Long Beach,
Long Beach, California, USA
The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is a Japanese garden on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The intimate perfection of the Japanese garden icreates a romantic setting for weddings, receptions, photo sessions, memorial services, parties, and many other events. Among the annual events held at the Japanese garden is a Koi auction and a chrysanthemum show.
Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium
1701 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
The Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium is a family-owned botanical garden specializing in cacti and other desert plants. There’s something of interest for everyone with glistening crystals, colorful rocks, ancient fossils, pioneer and gold-mine relics. Today the garden includes 3,000 examples of desert cacti and other desert plants, grouped by geographic regions.
San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Drive,
The San Diego Botanic Garden, formerly known as Quail Botanical Gardens, is a botanical garden that includes rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, and a subtropical fruit garden. The Hamilton Children’s Garden, the largest interactive children’s garden on the West Coast.
Quarryhill Botanic Garden
12841 Sonoma Hwy
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
The Quarryhill Botanical Garden is a research botanical garden, featuring one of the largest collections of temperate Asian plants in North America. The garden welcomes visitors, and is open for tours year-round as well as group and organization tours and events.
Barbra Streisand donated this 22.5 acre estate to the state run Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in 1993. At the request of locals, the California Coastal Commission has required that this property be accessible to the public by appointment only.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is a botanical garden in Claremont, California. The Botanic Garden promotes botany, conservation and horticulture to inspire, inform and educate the public and the scientific community about California’s native flora. The garden has an active research department, specializing in systematic botany and floristics.
Regional Parks Botanic Garden
c/o Tilden Regional Park
Berkeley, CA 94708-2396
The Regional Parks Botanic Garden is a 10 acre (4 hectare) botanical garden located in Tilden Regional Park in the Berkeley Hills, California. It is a naturally beautiful and tranquil living museum of California native plants. It is also a sanctuary for many of the state’s rare and endangered plants and a place for visitors to wander among trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses from plant communities throughout the state.
Virginia Robinson Gardens
1008 Elden Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The Virginia Robinson Gardens features a period landscape, historic mansion, and botanical gardens located at the Virginia Robinson Estate in Beverly Hills, California. Today, the garden is recognized as being not only a historical landmark, but also as an exotic paradise that all sightseers are invited to enjoy.
John R. Rodman Arboretum
Pitzer College 1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont CA 91711
The John R. Rodman Arboretum 10 acres (40,000 m²) is located on the campus of Pitzer College, Claremont, California, USA. The Arboretum began informally in 1984 as a movement to save surviving indigenous vegetation from demolition by well-meaning academic developers. Since 1988 the Arboretum has been an official part of the college.
Rusch Botanical Gardens
7801 Auburn Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
The Rusch Botanical Gardens is located at Citrus Heights, California, one of more than 15,400 museums in the MuseumsUSA directory. these gardens are a State Site of Historical Interest, and represent seven biomes of California; featuring rose, herb, citrus, and African plants.
San Francisco Botanical Garden
1199 9th Ave,
San Francisco, CA 94122-2370
The San Francisco Botanical Garden (formerly Strybing Arboretum) is a large botanical garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society builds communities of support for the Garden and cultivates the bond between people and plants. The Garden continues to actively acquire plants; in 2008 it received 1,061 accessions totalling over 7,300 individual plants.
San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
Naglee Avenue & Dana Ave
San Jose, CA 95126
The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden (5.5 acres) is a rose garden located at San Jose, California, in the Rose Garden neighborhood. The Rose Garden is a one-time prune orchard – is today one of the most attractive of its kind in the world, drawing thousands of visitors each year. The Garden is exclusively devoted to shrubs of the rose family and features over 4,000 rose shrubs with 189 varieties represented.
San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
3450 Dairy Creek Road
San Luis Obispo,California 93405
The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, when completed, will be a 150 acre (60 ha) garden displaying the diverse plant life of five Mediterranean climate zones of the world namely California, Chile, Australia, South Africa and the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The Botanical Garden continues to grow toward its goal of becoming a world-class educational facility, demonstrating conservation of resources through sustainable gardening and architecture. Work is still in progress to build the entire garden, when completed, it will be one of the largest botanical gardens in western United States.
San Mateo Arboretum
101 9th Avenue,
San Mateo, CA 94401-4202
The San Mateo Arboretum is an arboretum in San Mateo, California containing old stands of pine, oak, cedar, and redwood planted over 100 years ago on the William Kohl property. The San Mateo Arboretum Society continues today as a “member and volunteer powered” organization dedicated to the preservation of San Mateo’s rich horticultural heritage.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road,
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 26 ha (65 acre) garden, containing over 1,000 species of rare and indigenous plants. The Botanic Garden is a place of beauty and serenity, of education, research and conservation, of history and stewardship. The Garden became a Santa Barbara County Landmark in 1983.
Sherman Library and Gardens
2647 East Pacific Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, California 92625
The Sherman Library and Gardens (2.2 acres) are botanical gardens located at Corona del Mar, California. The Gardens provide a museum of living plants, displayed amidst a setting of immaculate gardens, patios and conservatories linked together by wide brick walkways, beds blooming with seasonal flowers and bubbling tile fountains. The Sherman Library is a beautiful place for weddings.
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard
Palos Verdes Peninsula, California 90274
The South Coast Botanic Garden is a 35 hectare (87 acre) garden in Palos Verdes, California, USA. The Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean, and southern Africa.
Stanford University Arboretum
The Stanford University Arboretum is an arboretum located on the grounds of Stanford University in Stanford, California. Today the arboretum contains over 350 species representing 150 genera and sixty families. The most common tree is the coast live oak, although valley, blue, and black oaks are also represented.
University of California, Berkeley Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Drive,
Berkeley, CA 94720-5045
The University of California Botanical Garden is a 34 acre (13.7 ha) botanical garden located on the University of California, Berkeley campus. The Botanical Garden have a diverse plant collection including many rare and endangered plants. It has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes.
University of California, Davis Arboretum
1 Peter J Shields Avenue,
Davis, CA 95616-5270
The University of California, Davis, Arboretum is an approximately 100-acre arboretum along the banks of Putah Creek, at the south side of the University of California, Davis campus in Davis, California, USA. The Arboretum include 22,000 trees and plants adapted to a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The plants are arranged in a series of gardens that represent different geographic areas, plant groups, or horticultural themes.
University of California, Irvine, Arboretum
Irvine, CA 92612, USA
The University of California, Irvine, Arboretum (or UCI Arboretum) is a 12 acre botanical garden and arboretum, located north of the University of California, Irvine campus. The Arboretum features plants and communities from the California Floristic Province and also has an extensive collection of South African species. It is run by Peter Bowler, a biological and environmental ethics professor at UCI.
University of California, Riverside, Botanic Gardens
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
The University of California, Riverside, Botanic Gardens are 40 acres of botanical gardens containing more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. The Gardens also provide plant materials for research and for exhibiting species from all parts of the world. A popular bi-annual Botanic Gardens Plant Sale provides greater visibility and community support for the gardens.
University of California, Santa Cruz, Arboretum
1156 High Street, University of California,
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
The University of California, Santa Cruz, Arboretum, also called the UCSC Arboretum, is located on the campus of the University of California, Santa Cruz, in Santa Cruz, California, USA. The Arboretum is home to a world-class living collection. It maintains collections of rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest. Particular specialties are world conifers, primitive angiosperms, and bulb-forming plant families.
Villa Montalvo Arboretum
15400 Montalvo Road,
Saratoga, CA 95071
The Villa Montalvo Arboretum is a 137-acre arboretum and botanical garden located behind the Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, California, USA in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Santa Clara Valley. Formerly owned by James Phelan, upon his death, it turned to a non-profit organization dedicated to artistic endeavors. An amphitheater and villa, among other small buildings, host arts programs and musical events year round. A landscaped arboretum garden in front of the villa is a popular site for weddings.
Wrigley Botanical Gardens
P.O. Box 2739
Avalon, CA 90704
The Wrigley Botanical Gardens are located on Catalina Island, off the shore from Los Angeles, California, USA. Catalina Island’s temperate marine climate made it possible to showcase plants from every corner of the earth. The Garden places a special emphasis on California island endemic plants. Many of these plants are extremely rare, and some are on the Endangered Species list.
M. Young Botanic Garden
14178 West Kearney,
The M. Young Botanic Garden is a 2.5 acres botanical garden located at Kerman, California, USA. Every plant used in this Botanic Garden is drought-tolerant.