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 Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

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california poppies rancho santa ana

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

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California calls itself "California's Native Garden".  Founded in Orange County by Susanna Bixby Bryant 1927, the garden location was changed to Claremont in 1951 where it became affiliated with the nearby Claremont University.  Scientific studies are the hallmark of the garden.

native plants rancho santa ana

In spring--which is the best time to visit-- the Rancho Santa Ana 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 Oak Woodlands native to this site.  

rattlesnake path rancho santa ana

An interesting feature of the garden is the meadowland which has a stone-tiled path winding through it in the shape of a rattlesnake. 

native american house

This native American house is part of an educational site in the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

To learn more about the Garden, visit its official website.  There is a small fee for admission.  It is best visited in Spring or early Summer.  After you have visited the garden plan to have lunch at one of the many charming restaurants in nearby Claremont Village.

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Take these Hot Gardens online botanical garden tours:    

Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden  - Arcadia

Huntington Gardens Desert Garden - near Pasadena 

Descanso Gardens - near Pasadena 

Arlington Garden - in Pasadena

Getty Villa Gardens - Malibu

South Coast Botanic Garden - southwest Los Angeles  

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden - Claremont, California

Santa Barbara Gardens - Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  - Santa Barbara, California

Tucson Public Gardens  - Tucson, Arizona

Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden  - Phoenix, Arizona

Balboa Park Gardens, San Diego, California

Tropical Garden in the Dominican Republic

Shore Acres Gardens - Coos Bay Oregon

San Luis Obispo Creek Park - San Luis Obispo, California

Japanese Garden - Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California

Japanese Garden - Long Beach, California

San Gabriel Mission Gardens - near Los Angeles

San Fernando Mission - Los Angeles




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