Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG),
the largest botanic garden dedicated
exclusively to California's native
plants, is active partner with the
California Native Plant Society, and
strives to display, document and
conserve the remarkable flora of
Spread across 86 acres in Claremont, California, the Garden is located approximately 35 miles east of Los angeles. Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Garden offers beautiful mountain vistas.
The Garden displays about 2000 taxa of California plants and includes those native to the California Floristic Province as awhole. This region extends into southern Oregon, far western Nevada and extensively into Baja California, Mexico. Docents lead tours of the Garden periodically. Guidebooks, brochures and tours are available.
In addition to seeing the Botanic Garden, be sure to give yourself time to visit the gift shop with unique items such as hand-made baskets and pottery made by members of the Pai Pai and Kumeyaay Indians tribes in Baja California, Mexico. Grow Native Nursery sells an extensive selection of plants and products to help your garden and home become eco-friendly.
In addition to the extensive grounds to view and gifts to buy, the nonprofit organization maintains research and includes an archive of 4,000 accessions representing 1,600 native plant species and cultivars. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is home to the Botany Department of Claremont Graduate University (CGU). While the public can enjoy the gardens and grounds, the facility also educates and performs significant research important to California's past and future.
Events open to the public at the Garden include free seminars and clinics that range from Native Plant Gardens to Audubon Society guided bird watching walks.
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except holidays, prices range from around $8 adult to free admission for kids under 3 years.