College Environmental Horticulture
- The salvia collection is
divided into sections which represent the
various areas in the world where the
individual species are considered native.
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San Luis Obispo
Featuring native plant
life and recreated native structures.
The mission of the
San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is to display the
diverse plant life of the Mediterranean climate
zones of the world and to provide opportunities for
education, recreation, conservation and research.
Through its programs and facilities, the Garden will
foster an appreciation and understanding of the
relationship between people and nature and will
encourage a sense of stewardship toward the natural
The first seeds for the Garden were planted in
1989, with the support of San Luis County Parks
Department. Incorporated in 1991, a grassroots
group, the Friends of SLO Botanical Garden, began
searching for an ideal site. El Chorro
Regional Park was chosen because it offered a
convenient location between San Luis Obispo and
Morro Bay, good soils, no horticultural limitations,
and already was zoned as a public space. A 40-year
renewable lease agreement was signed with San Luis
Obispo County in 1993 for 150 acres.
There is even a
beautiful playground provided for youngsters!
And dozens of beautiful trees. Bunnies hopping
around the beautiful landscaping are are so cuddly!
Docent-Led Tours for Groups by Appointment
- What is our
Mediterranean climate and what does it mean to our
- How do plants
adapt to our Mediterranean climate of dry summers?
- How did
native people in California and the other four
Mediterranean climate zones use plants in their
- How do you
choose and grow plants from the five Mediterranean
climate regions in your home landscape? What
are some California native plants and how can they
- What are
succulents and what is their value and use?
How does soil, water, and light fit into the care
- What attracts
certain pollinators such as birds, bees, and
butterflies to certain plants? Make arrangements
for your club, business, or group of friends to
take a personal tour on one of the above topics or
a special topic you can discuss with the tour
coordinator. Complete the request below or call
805-546-3501. Rain cancels the tour.
Visit the website for more information including
their up and coming events, donation information,
store as well as directions.
Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens.
Barbara Botanic Garden
Garden/Arboretum, Santa Barbara
Scenic trails meander through the
garden's 78 acres of native plants. The Mission
Dam, built in 1806, stands just beyond the
redwood grove and above the restored aqueduct
that once carried water to Mission Santa
Barbara. An ethno botanical display demonstrates
how Native Americans used plants to create
baskets, clothing, and structures. A
threatened native species has gained hope and
support, as the Santa Barbara Botanic
Garden and Laguna Blanca School
officially announced a cooperative effort to
help restore the Torrey Pine.
COST: $7. OPEN:
Mar.-Oct., daily 9-6; Nov.-Feb., daily 9-5.
Guided tours daily at 2; additional tour on
weekends at 11.
1212 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA,
Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
- MENDOCINO COAST
North Highway One, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
47 acre public botanical garden features several
of the region's native irises in an attractive
forested setting. There is a colorful assortment
of "Pacifica hybrids" , ranging from deep
purples, reds and pinks to creams, whites and
yellows. More info at
Garden By The Sea