Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

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Poppies, the official flower of the State of California, bloom profusely in Spring.

 

 

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In spring–the best time to visit– the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is full of color as California poppies (Papaver), native lilacs (Ceanothus), Western redbud trees (Cersis occidentalis), and Barbery (Berberis) burst into bloom.

In this 86 acre garden you will find native plants ranging from towering Coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), natives of northern California, to creosote shrubs (Larrea tridentata) from the Mojave desert to the oak trees native to this site.

You may also see rows and rows of plants in test gardens cultivated by nearby college students.

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An interesting, but not immediately obvious, feature of the garden is  a stone-tiled path winding through the meadowlands.  It is in the shape of a rattlesnake.  The head of the snake is shown in this photo, left.

 

 

native american house
This native American house is part of an educational site in the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, which is primarily a teaching facility.

Visit the official website for the times the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is available to the general public. There is a small fee for admission.  After your visit to the garden plan to have lunch at one of the many charming restaurants in nearby Claremont Village.

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