California Flowers and Botanical Gardens Pictures

California Flowers and Botanical Gardens are some offer the finest collections of native plants, rare and endangered flowers and fauna, and lovely spaces for the public to enjoy throughout California.  Wherever you travel in California, you'll find flowers of some sort, even in the desert regions after the rainy season. Flowers offer solace in times of sadness, delight in times of joy and food sources for the birds, bees and even humans who can enjoy certain types of edible flowers. Many of the flower gardens offer tours or brochures to guide you through you journey. Most charge a modest admission fee but you'll find that the price you pay is well worth the time it takes to water, nourish and supply valuable land space for these public places. 

California's state flower is the California Poppy, shown in the photo in the upper left column. This beautiful, bright orange bloom grows wild in fields seasonally, and is especially cheerful to look at and enjoy. The poppy we photographed was taken in a spectacular, natural garden in Santa Barbara. The Getty Gardens shown above are immaculate and massive.  You have to wander through them, rather than look from the gallery buildings above, to get a handle on the scope of these carefully planned botanical gardens. We were so inspired by the grace of San Diego's Balboa Park flowers gardens that we researched and wrote a story about the beautiful gardens there.


From Santa Catalina Island's Wrigley Botanical Garden with incredible architecture, to Filoli Estate in San Mateo County, flower gardens are scattered throughout California for tourists to visit and enjoy. Below is a list flower gardens you can investigate when visiting or traveling through the state:


Arizona Cactus Garden  - Arizona Cactus Garden or  Stanford Cactus Garden is located on the Stanford University Arboretum near the Stanford Family Mausoleum and the Angel of Grief. The Palo Alto, California garden is open free to the public daily and offers an interesting collection of cacti and succulents. First planted between 1880 and 1883 for Jane and Leland Stanford, the garden was regularly maintained until the 1920s after which it fell into disrepair. Restoration in 1997 and current efforts to maintain approx. 500 cacti and succulents in 58 beds divided into Eastern Hemisphere plants with aloe, jade and other succulents, and the Western Hemisphere section native to the Americas, make this an interesting place to stop when visiting Palo Alto.

Balboa Park Gardens - Balboa Park Gardens on 1200 acres of rolling hills, with approximately 1,500 trees contain a rose garden, lily ponds and cacti gardens, to name a few.


California Flower Gardens

Arizona Cactus Garden - Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
Balboa Park Gardens - Balboa Park , San Diego, California
Blake Garden - Kensington, California
California State University Northridge Botanic Garden - California State University, Northridge, Northridge, California
Chavez Ravine Arboretum - Los Angeles, California
Chico University Arboretum - California State University, Chico, Chico, California
College of the Desert Arboretum - Palm Desert, California
Conejo Valley Botanical Garden - Thousand Oaks, California
Descanso Gardens - La Canada Flintridge, California
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden - California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, California
Eddy Arboretum - Placerville, California
Edgewood Botanic Garden - Mill Valley, California
Filoli - Woodside, California
Fullerton Arboretum - Fullerton, California
Gardens at Heather Farm - Walnut Creek, California
C. M. Goethe Arboretum - California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California
Golden Gate Park Conservatory of Flowers - San Francisco, California
Hakone Gardens - Saratoga, California
Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, California
Humboldt Botanical Garden - Eureka, California
Japanese Friendship Garden - San Jose, California
Jensen Botanical Gardens - Carmichael, California
The Japanese Garden - Van Nuys, California
Labadie Arboretum - Merritt College, Oakland, California
Leaning Pine Arboretum - San Luis Obispo, California
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens - Palm Desert, California
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden - Los Angeles, California
Lotusland - Montecito, California
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens - Santa Rosa, California
Marin-Bolinas Botanical Gardens - Bolinas, California
Markham Regional Arboretum - Concord, California
McConnell Arboretum and Gardens - Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, California
William Joseph McInnes Botanic Garden and Campus Arboretum - Mills College, Oakland, California
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens - Fort Bragg, California
Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden - UCLA, Los Angeles, California
Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium - Palm Springs, California
Pikake Botanical Gardens - Valley Center, California
Quail Botanical - Encinitas, California
Quarryhill Botanic Garden - Glen Ellen, California
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden - Claremont, California
Redding Arboretum - Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, California
Regional Parks Botanic Garden - Berkeley, California
Virginia Robinson Gardens - Beverly Hills, California
John R. Rodman Arboretum - Pitzer College, Claremont, California
Rusch Botanical Gardens - Citrus Heights, California
Ruth Bancroft Garden - Walnut Creek, California
San Francisco Botanical Garden (Strybing Arboretum) - Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
San Jose Municipal Rose Garden - San Jose, California
San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden - San Luis Obispo, California
San Mateo Arboretum - San Mateo, California
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, California
Sherman Library and Gardens - Corona Del Mar, California
South Coast Botanic Garden - Palos Verdes, California
Stanford University Arboretum - Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
Strybing Arboretum - Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Redding, California
University of California Botanical Garden - University of California, Berkeley, Oakland, California
University of California, Davis, Arboretum - Davis, California
University of California, Irvine, Arboretum - Irvine, California
University of California, Riverside, Botanic Gardens - Riverside, California
University of California, Santa Cruz, Arboretum - Santa Cruz, California
Villa Montalvo Arboretum - Saratoga, California
Wrigley Botanical Gardens - Santa Catalina Island, California
M. Young Botanic Garden - Kerman, California


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