Nature Gardens

nature gardens at summer nights

Outside in our Nature Gardens

Explore the Nature Gardens, our urban wildlife wonderland. Over 600 kinds of plants—including California natives and others from around the world—make a home for birds, butterflies, lizards, squirrels, and more!

What's in Season?

Plants and animals are up to something every single day in the Nature Gardens. Come discover the sights and sounds of winter and pick up some ideas that you can try in your own garden.

Honey tangerines in Edible Garden

Did you know that there are over 1,000 varieties of citrus? This Honey tangerine is one of several citrus in our Edible Garden.

Dudleya and Dalea on living wall at NHM

The juicy leaves of live-forever and dainty flowers of trailing bush indigo add contrasting colors and textures to our Living Wall.

Giant swallowtail caterpillars on leaves

Giant swallowtail caterpillars mimic bird poop to escape predators. Look for them on citrus or sapote trees, their favorite food sources.

Bright orange blossoms of pyrostegia in Nature Gardens

Flame vine lives up to its name with brilliant, saturated orange blossoms. Hummingbirds will notice!

Bull muhly seen from above

No wonder some grasses are described as ornamental! This bull muhly adds beauty and habitat value to summer-dry gardens.

Vitis (wild grape leaves) in Nature Gardens

The vibrant orange and red leaves of California wild grape add a blast of color to the winter landscape.

Mushrooms in the Nature Gardens at NHM

Mushrooms are popping up thanks to the recent rains. How many can you spot in the Nature Gardens?

Ribes Malvaceum - Chaparral Currant

Like many California native plants, chaparral currant begins to flower soon after the rainy season kicks in.

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Did you know that there are over 1,000 varieties of citrus? This Honey tangerine is one of several citrus in our Edible Garden.

The juicy leaves of live-forever and dainty flowers of trailing bush indigo add contrasting colors and textures to our Living Wall.

Giant swallowtail caterpillars mimic bird poop to escape predators. Look for them on citrus or sapote trees, their favorite food sources.

Flame vine lives up to its name with brilliant, saturated orange blossoms. Hummingbirds will notice!

No wonder some grasses are described as ornamental! This bull muhly adds beauty and habitat value to summer-dry gardens.

The vibrant orange and red leaves of California wild grape add a blast of color to the winter landscape.

Mushrooms are popping up thanks to the recent rains. How many can you spot in the Nature Gardens?

Like many California native plants, chaparral currant begins to flower soon after the rainy season kicks in.

Snail
Did you know? San Gabriel chestnut snails smell like chocolate.