Native Plant Displays

As California native plants gain in popularity, they are showing up in more gardens, arboreta and parks throughout our region.

Botanic Gardens and Arboreta

Conejo Valley Botanic Garden
350 Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91358
Ph: (805) 494-7630; Website:
collections of native plants, oak trees and water-conserving plants

Fullerton Arboretum
California State University, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, CA 92634
Ph: (657) 278-3407; Website:
Mediterranean section with plants of coastal sage scrub and chaparral communities

Leaning Pine Arboretum
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Ph: (805) 756-2888; Website:
against the hills at the north end of campus

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Palo Verde Garden Center and Wortz Demonstration Garden 47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Ph: (760) 346-5694; Website:
desert plantings

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Ph: (310) 825-3620; Website:
coastal sage scrub, Channel Islands and chaparral communities

San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanical Gardens)
230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Ph: (760) 436-3036; Website:
native trail

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
Ph: (909) 625-8767
devoted to the collection, cultivation, study, and display of California native plants

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Ph: (805) 563-2521; Website:
fostering stewardship of the natural world with emphasis on California native plants

University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens
Univ. of Calif. Riverside 900 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92521
Ph: (951) 827-1012; Website:
southwestern desert and Sierran foothills sections

Nursery Gardens

Las Pilitas Nursery
8331 Nelson Way, Escondido, CA 92026
Ph: (760) 749-5930; Website:

Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford St., Sunland, CA 91352-2116
Ph: (818) 768-1802; Website:
demonstration garden areas, a wildflower nature trail, and natural canyon areas

Tree of Life Nursery
33201 Ortega Highway, P.O. Box 635, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Ph: (949) 728-0685; Website:
Retail strawbale bookstore, nursery landscaped with native plants

Habitat Gardens

Audubon Center at Debs Park
4700 North Griffin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90031
Ph: (323) 221-2255; Website:
walnut savannah, oak-walnut-toyon woodland, and coastal sage scrub

Charmlee Wilderness Park
2577 S. Encinal Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265-2411
Ph: (310) 457-7247; Website:
native plant displays and a butterfly garden

Eaton Canyon County Park
1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107
Ph: (626) 398-5420; Website:
coastal sage scrub, bird and butterfly, wildflower gardens in a foothill setting

E. Rowley Demonstration Gardens
4594 San Bernardino St., Montclair, CA 91763
Ph: (909) 626-2711
chaparral, desert and riparian sections

Madrona Marsh Preserve & Nature Center
3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA 90503
Ph: (310) 782-3989 Website:
vernal marsh, wetlands area, nature center

Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority
Arroyo Pescadero, Colima Road, Whittier, CA 90602 Ph: (562) 945-9303; Website:
coastal sage scrub and chaparral

Low-Water Use Gardens With Some California Natives

Chino Basin Water Conservation District Demo Garden
4594 San Bernardino St, Montclair, CA 91763-2228
Ph: (909) 626-2711; Website:
drought resistant plants including desert and chaparral gardens

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada, CA 91011
Ph: (818) 949-4200; Website:
native plant section

El Alisal, the Lummis Home
200 South Avenue 43, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Ph: (323) 460-5632; Website:
historical-sites low water use garden, offering a display of native and Mediterranean plants

La Casita del Arroyo
177 South Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena 91105-1075;
Ph: (626) 794-0581
water conservation garden above Lower Arroyo Seco Park

Landscapes Southern California Style
450 Alessandro Blvd., Riverside, CA 92508
Ph: (909) 780-4170; Website:
one-acre water conservation demo garden by Western Municipal Water District

Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave. Arcadia, CA 91007
Ph: (626) 821-3222; Website:
native stand of Engelmann oaks, water conservation garden

Sam Maloof Garden
5131 Carnelian Street, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729
Ph: (909) 980-0412; Website:
six acre, low-water use, home garden with many native plants

The Water Conservation Garden
12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon, CA 92019
Ph: (619) 660-0614; Website:
4.2 acre, low-water use garden featuring Mediterranean plants and a few natives