Credit: Celeste Mookherjee

Credit: Celeste Mookherjee

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.

Banyan Grove
The highlight of the Ficus collection is the grove of Moreton Bay Fig trees that cover the area with a massive tangle of roots. In the spring, colorful Clivias brighten the understory of this shady grove.

California Native Plants
Growing California native plants in the Garden offers many benefits: they use less water; they provide habitat and food for birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife; they have colorful flower displays from spring to summer and berries and seeds into the fall and winter. There are several areas of the Garden where you can find California Native Plants in the landscape and gardens. The primary areas are the landscaping around the Greenhouse Complex, the Mediterranean Garden, and the El Rincon Garden at the corner of the Tram Road and the Service Yard road marked by the rustic lodge pole pergola.

Children’s Garden and Children’s Discovery Garden
Our most popular among young people, this garden is developed around nursery rhymes with plants to match the stories. An enchanted dollhouse and bridge enhance the setting. Adjacent to the Children’s Garden is the Discovery Garden with a secret tunnel, worm bin, alphabet garden, butterfly garden, and whimsical characters.

sarah chah - furry
Credit: Sarah Chah

Desert Garden
The Desert Garden includes cacti, euphorbia, aloes, and other succulents. The garden is an excellent exhibition of specimens from the United States, Africa, Mexico, and South America.

Display Greenhouse
The Display Greenhouse is open to the public from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm daily. Designed with the color palette in mind, the colors range from warm to cool tones. Inside the greenhouse you will find a display of a variety of tropical plants such as: Adenium, Anthurium, Begonia, Bromeliad, Carnivorous plants, Cordyline, Croton, Orchids, Hoya, and Passionflower vine.

Fuchsia Garden
Established and maintained by the South Coast Branch of the National Fuchsia Society, this garden contains many different species, cultivars, and new introductions. Overhead shade cloth filters strong sunlight to allow fuchsias and other shade-loving plants to thrive.

Garden for the Senses
This garden encourages you to enjoy plants and flowers by smell, touch, sound, and sight. Plants are arranged in raised beds so they can easily be touched or smelled. Individual plant labels identify which senses the plant engages.

Tom Zimmerman
Credit: Tom Zimmerman

Japanese Garden/Koi Pond
Enjoy listening to the calming sounds of water and taking in the subdued palette of evergreen shrubbery embracing the Koi Pond. The stone lanterns were crafted of Okazaki Stone over 200 years ago in a region said to be the capital of Japan’s stone craft.

Mediterranean Garden
Mediterranean refers to a unique climate consisting of mild, cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers seen in only five places in the world: coastal California, the Mediterranean Basin, southwest Australia, the southwest Cape of South Africa, and coastal Chile. California native plants are emphasized here. Mediterranean plants are environmentally friendly because they require very little supplemental water once established. Native plants have the added benefit of providing food and shelter to wildlife and pollinators.

Rose Garden
The Rose Garden contains approximately 1,600 roses, including hybrids tea, floribunda, grandiflora, and old fashioned roses. The garden has been selected as an All-American Rose Selections (AARS) Public Garden. Top AARS winners have been added to the garden every year. Popular hybrids such as Mr. Lincoln and Peace can be found among many other fragrant roses including our large collection of David Austin English Roses. A pruning demonstration class is held annually in early January.

Other specialty gardens include:

Credit: Sarah Chah

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

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.

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.