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Garden Highlights

Covering 87 acres, the South Coast Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of blooming trees, shrubs, and flowers all year. Visit the Garden often and you won't miss out! Right now the garden has transitioned from the spring bloom time into early summer, and everywhere you look is color. Our flowering fruit trees look spectacular, but they won't last long. Be sure to plan a trip to the Garden soon, we look forward to seeing you here.

The Cactus Garden
The Cactus Garden came into being in the early 1970's, through the dedication of the South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society. Many hours were spent planning and designing this specialty garden. This garden features a desert setting with extensive displays of exotic cactus and succulents found in arid areas all over the world. As part of our ongoing Plant Identification Project, over 100 identifying labels have been placed in the Cactus Garden.
The Mediterranean Garden The garden boasts a lovely Mediterranean Garden with California Natives and plants that thrive in a mediterranean climate consisting of mild, cool winters and hot dry summers. Gentle switchbacks guide you through the garden. Relax at the pergola near the fountain.

Photo courtesy Lisa Ceazan

The Japanese Garden
At the entrance to the Japanese Garden stands a 150-year old museum quality stone lantern. It is 10 feet tall and made of Okazaki stone. A smaller lantern is situated towards the rear of the garden. This kawarigata touro, or changing form lantern is 4 feet tall and 200 years old. Stone lanterns are must for Japanese gardens. While the Japanese Garden is undergoing some construction, it is still a beautiful place to visit.
Koi Pond in Japanese Garden
Donated to the Garden by Paradise Landscaping, the 3,700 gallon koi pond features numerous waterfalls, biological filtration, and much more. Landscaping will follow as well as koi for the pond. If you are interested in having a pond installed in your yard, contact Paradise Landscaping. Visit their web-site at They have been in business for over 17 years in the local community and specialize in pond building, landscaping, turf renovation, and more.
3 Bears' House: Children's Garden
Who doesn't love fairy tales and nursery rhymes? It brings you back to your childhood. Here at the South Coast Botanic Garden we have an exquisite children's Garden modeled on some nostalgic nursery rhymes. Constructed in 1994 by George Ludwig, this enchanting garden draws children and adults alike to wander the yellow brick road, and peek into Goldilocks 3 Bears cottage. Come to the Children's Garden and test your nursery rhyme knowledge while you learn them again with your children.
Other specialty gardens include:

Volunteer Flower Garden: This garden features an ever-changing palette of colorful seasonal flowers. Tended to by our volunteers.

Rose Garden: Over 300 varieties of roses in formal beds, showcasing All American Rose (AARS) selections. Floribundas, grandifloras, hybrid teas, and others are on display.

Garden for the Senses: Enjoy the garden through smell, touch and sight. This garden offers a tactile and olfactory experience.

Mediterranean Garden: This new garden features plants common areas with the unique climate consisting of mild, cool rainy winters and hot dry summers. Featured plants will be from these types of areas and also focuses on California Natives.

WaterWise Garden: Utilizing such trees as Acacia, Toyon, Palo Verde and shrubs such as cactus, junipers, and sedum, this garden offers attractive plant alternatives which do not require much water.

Fuchsia Garden: The only Fuchsia Garden in the L.A. area! Lovingly tended to by the South Coast Fuchsia Society, the "Ida Drapkin" fuchsia garden contains many different species of fuchsia displayed in baskets, tree form and shrub form.

Dahlia Garden: The Dahlia display garden is in bloom from mid-summer to late fall. Showy blooms in a large variety of colors and sizes makes this flower so popular. Be sure to visit when they are in bloom.