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 San Luis Obispo Online Preview

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The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Dairy Road just off Highway 1 is definitely a work in progress.  If you are in the area, however, there is a charming park along a creek in the heart of downtown historic San Luis Obispo, planted with a mix of Mediterranean and native Californian plants. 

san luis obispo creek park Purple Agapanthus, sycamores and colorful sculpture line the southern end of the path down to the San Luis Obispo creek park.

creekside san luis obispo On a hot July day the creek is low enough that children can skip across it on flat boulders.  During the rainy season, the creek is a torrent. Outdoor cafes line the west side.

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Two important historical sites are adjacent to the park:  The San Luis Obispo Mission and the San Luis Obispo Historical Society museum.

san luis obispo mission The fountain in front of the San Luis Obispo Mission shows two California bears with a native child--a romantic image from decades ago.

The Mission is now a parish church and services are held in it during the day.

san luis obispo historical society museum While many small town museums are dull, the San Luis Obispo Historical Society museum contains very interesting revolving exhibitions about the area.  No charge for entry.

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Take these Hot Gardens online preview tours, too:    

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 - San Gabriel, California
San Fernando Mission - Los Angeles

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