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Nature Gardens

flowers in the nature garden

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. We encourage you to discover the sights and sounds of spring near you! Can you find these plants in your own gardens and neighborhoods?

You can also follow along with the Nature Gardens on Instagram for the latest tips, updates and activities!

Petraea close-up

Butterflies visit the stunning purple flowers of Queen’s wreath, an evergreen vine from Mexico and Central America.

Aloe camperi+Achillea ‘Terra Cotta’

Succulent aloes and perennial yarrow are colorful partners.

Close-up of unripe blueberries

Before you can eat these blueberries, wait until they turn deep blue.

Marina madrone

The dainty, pendant clusters of Marina madrone attract bees and hummingbirds.

Ceanothus ‘Sierra Blue’

The jewel-like flowers of California lilacs add beauty to dry gardens and support many kinds of beneficial insects.

Low-water plants

This colorful combination of low-water plants attracts lots of pollinators for months on end.

Pollinator Meadow - Native Plants

Our pollinator meadow of California native plants is bursting with blossoms!

Manzanita fruits

The tiny fruits of manzanitas (Spanish for little apples) are a valuable food source for birds and mammals.

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Butterflies visit the stunning purple flowers of Queen’s wreath, an evergreen vine from Mexico and Central America.

Succulent aloes and perennial yarrow are colorful partners.

Before you can eat these blueberries, wait until they turn deep blue.

The dainty, pendant clusters of Marina madrone attract bees and hummingbirds.

The jewel-like flowers of California lilacs add beauty to dry gardens and support many kinds of beneficial insects.

This colorful combination of low-water plants attracts lots of pollinators for months on end.

Our pollinator meadow of California native plants is bursting with blossoms!

The tiny fruits of manzanitas (Spanish for little apples) are a valuable food source for birds and mammals.

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