Arboretums and Botanic Gardens
Botanical gardens harbor exciting and important native plant collections with all kinds of variation and diversity. Native plants in botanic gardens feature regional flora and are often displayed as “plant communities” - or groups of plants - much like they would grow in a naturally occurring ecosystem. Cultivars are identified in each display or grouping of plants. Interpretive panels are often posted so one can read brief, but first rate information about the plants and plant communities while strolling through the gardens.
Many botanic gardens feature classes, workshops, and lectures, or sponsor field courses and trips. Most of the botanic gardens in California are closely associated with and supportive of CNPS. If you purchase a membership at a particular garden or arboretum, you may receive special benefits – some gardens even extend special offers to CNPS members. Finally, you will find gift shops and nurseries with annual or featured plant sales fully stocked with native plants! You can also spring right to botanic garden web sites directly from this site by the accessing links below.
Leading Collections of California Native Plants:
Additional locations with valuable native collections: