Botanical gardens offer a living museum filled with exciting and important plant collections. Native plants in botanic gardens feature regional flora and are often displayed as “plant communities” (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 to learn brief, but first rate information about the plants and plant communities while strolling through the gardens.
Most botanic gardens feature classes, workshops, lectures, art exhibits, and sponsor field courses and trips. Many of the botanic gardens in California are closely associated with and supportive of CNPS. Garden membership often provides unlimited admission, plant sale previews, and discounts. Finally, you will be sure to find plant sales fully stocked with native plants!
Leading Collections of California Native Plants
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden | Claremont
Regional Parks Botanic Garden | Berkeley
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Explore a major collection of worldwide and CA native plants at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley. Walk above the Garden of Old Roses to see this amazing view of the San Francisco Bay.