On Sunday, December 8, the Los Angeles Coliseum will host the Rams vs. Seahawks football game. Kickoff is at 5:20 pm so plan your visit early in the day. Please consider riding the Metro Expo Line and exiting at USC/Expo station.

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 fall and pick up some ideas that you can try in your own garden.

Pumpkins and squash in the Edible Garden

What would autumn be without pumpkins and squash?

Ladybird beetle on squash leaf in Edible Garden

Whether spotted or plain, ladybird beetles are great garden allies. They feast upon aphid, scale, and other pest insects.

Colorful grapevine leaves in fall

This hybrid grapevine adds a kaleidoscope of fall color before dropping its leaves and shutting down for the winter.

Hummer and pineapple sage in Nature Gardens

This little hummer is resting after sipping nectar from the red flowers of pineapple sage.

Epilobrium in Nature Gardens

Guess who pollinates the tubular flowers of this native California fuchsia?

Dorsett golden apples ripening in the Edible Garden

Dorsett golden apples ripening in the edible garden.

Typha flower stalks in Nature Gardens

Cattail is just one of several plants that grow with their roots in standing water. Look for others at our pond.

Pluchea odorata in Nature Gardens

Blooming from late summer into fall, marsh fleabane boasts masses of small purple flowers.

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What would autumn be without pumpkins and squash?

Whether spotted or plain, ladybird beetles are great garden allies. They feast upon aphid, scale, and other pest insects.

This hybrid grapevine adds a kaleidoscope of fall color before dropping its leaves and shutting down for the winter.

This little hummer is resting after sipping nectar from the red flowers of pineapple sage.

Guess who pollinates the tubular flowers of this native California fuchsia?

Dorsett golden apples ripening in the edible garden.

Cattail is just one of several plants that grow with their roots in standing water. Look for others at our pond.

Blooming from late summer into fall, marsh fleabane boasts masses of small purple flowers.

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