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 Summer and pick up some ideas that you can try in your own garden.
The pink flowers of desert-dwelling fairy duster add starbursts of color during our warm, dry summers.
Like natural dry creeks in Southern California, ours is full of vibrant native plants that need water to thrive.
For the first time, our kiwi vines are bearing fruit!
Floating atop the water, western pond lily's stunning flowers and bold leaves evoke the lazy days of summer.
Small but mighty, the cherry-pink flowers of red-flowered buckwheat attract many kinds of pollinators.
Birds will soon devour the juicy blue-black berries of western elderberry.
Loaded with nectar and pollen, annual sunflowers offer a feast for bees.
Butterflies like this western swallowtail are easy to spot sipping nectar from all sorts of colorful flowers.
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