5 incredible West Coast botanical gardens

November 5, 2017

Jackie Burrell

Whether you’re a fan of succulents, Japanese irises or simply floral-fringed hiking trails, the West Coast’s botanical gardens offer some irresistible horticultural sights. Here are five extraordinary spots to indulge, from a Palm Springs cactusarium to a floral haven on the Mendocino coast.

5 Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Photo of Meadow by Jay Sinclair

Santa Barbara’s Botanic Garden includes wildflower meadows, redwood groves and more.(Jay Sinclair/Visit Santa Barbara) Jay Sinclair/Visit Santa Barbara

Trails wind from wildflower meadows to redwood groves, arroyos and canyons in this 78-acre garden tucked into the foothills of Santa Barbara. It’s not just the thousand native plants that draw visitors. There are historic landmarks here, too, including the Mission Dam on Mission Creek. Constructed in 1806 by Chumash residents and Franciscan friars, the dam and aqueduct supplied the Santa Barbara Mission with a reliable source of water in this dry countryside. Learn more at www.sbbg.org.




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