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California Friendly® Gardens – every bit as beautiful, not nearly as thirsty. Maloof Discovery Garden, Alta Loma
California Friendly® Gardens – every bit as beautiful, not nearly as thirsty. The Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino
California Friendly® Gardens – every bit as beautiful, not nearly as thirsty. South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula
California Friendly® Gardens – every bit as beautiful, not nearly as thirsty. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Arcadia
California Friendly® Gardens – every bit as beautiful, not nearly as thirsty. Arlington Garden, Pasadena
Find a California Friendly® garden near you

Visit these gardens throughout Southern California for a firsthand look at how beautiful a water-wise landscape can be.

Gardens by County
   
Los Angeles County  
Arcadia Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden Arcadia
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Ave.
626-821-3222
The Arboretum offers a variety of gardens and landscapes that offer beauty and tranquility as well as ideas for your outdoor space at home. Visit each of the 10 gardens, including the Water Conservation Garden that showcases plants from Mediterranean climates around the world. The garden demonstrates that careful planting design can achieve high standards of both landscape beauty and water stewardship.
Bellflower Library Garden Bellflower
Library Garden
9918 Flower St.
562-804-1424
Across the street from the Clifton M. Brakensiek Library, Bellflower’s Library Garden is filled with California Friendly® plants and a meditation labyrinth.
Claremont Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Claremont
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N. College Ave.
909-624-0838
The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California’s native plants. You can explore diverse gardens and plant collections, take a tour, or learn from experts at a class. Don’t miss the Grow Native nursery where you can buy native plants for your garden.
Covina Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Covina Public Library Covina
Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Covina Public Library
234 N. Second Ave.
626-967-3935
A water-wise garden and mural depicting the history of the library help tell the local story of Southern California’s heritage.
La Crescenta Crescenta Valley Water District Demonstration Garden La Crescenta
Crescenta Valley Water District Demonstration Garden
2700 Foothill Blvd
818-248-3925
This garden showcases hardy plants from the local area. Customers may be eligible for rebates to remove turf grass. Check with the agency to learn more.
Manhattan Beach Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden
1236 N. Peck Ave.
310-546-1354
A children’s garden, meditation garden, succulent slope and wildflower meadows offer inspiration to South Bay gardeners interested in using native and California Friendly® plants.
Palos Verdes Peninsula  South Coast Botanic Garden Palos Verdes Peninsula
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard
310-544-1948
The 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden offers a variety of gardens to delight and inspire visitors. Specialty gardens include the Cactus Garden, Mediterranean Garden, WaterWise Garden, and Garden for the Senses. Children will enjoy exploring the Children’s Garden that is modeled on nostalgic nursery rhymes.
Pasadena Arlington Garden Pasadena
Arlington Garden
295 Arlington Drive
626-441-4478
Home to 350 trees and thousands of Mediterranean climate plants that do well with low to moderate watering, the garden features California natives, cactus and succulents, South African and Australian natives, irrigated by low flow devices that use less than half the water demanded by traditional parks.
San Fernando Rudy Ortega (Heritage) Park San Fernando
Rudy Ortega (Heritage) Park
2025 4th St.
818-898-1290
This park features native and California Friendly® plants, walking paths, a Japanese tea house and historic water tower. The park commemorates the Fernandeño Tataviam tribal culture and San Fernando’s heritage.
San Marino The Huntington Botanical Gardens San Marino
The Huntington Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
626-405-2100
In 1903 Henry Huntington purchased a working ranch in San Marino. Today, the Huntington has more than a dozen spectacular gardens spread across 120 acres, including a renowned desert garden with thousands of species of desert cacti and succulents. Drought-tolerant plants for landscaping are used extensively around new installations. A number of areas, including the Koblik Education and Visitor Center, have been designed to feature California natives and dry-climate plants.
Santa Monica  Airport Avenue Demonstration Gardens Santa Monica
Airport Avenue Demonstration Gardens
3200 Airport Ave.
310-458-8405
This collection of three distinct sustainable landscapes provides everything you need for your own home landscape. Whether you are looking for an eco-friendly lawn alternative, a vegetable garden, a private sanctuary, or an outdoor room, these gardens feature it all.
Torrance Madrona Marsh Nature Center Torrance
Madrona Marsh Nature Center
3201 Plaza del Amo
310-782-3989
A California Friendly® landscape offers myriad ideas to gardeners looking to use locally native and California Friendly® plants instead of traditional turf and shrubs. The garden is adjacent to a visitor’s center and the Madrona Marsh preserve. Landscaping classes are offered frequently.
Woodland Hills S. Mark Taper Foundation Life Science Botanic Garden Woodland Hills
S. Mark Taper Foundation Life Science Botanic Garden
Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave.
818-719-6465
The courtyard near the administration building is a 1.9-acre botanical garden including plants from the seven major worldwide Mediterranean climate zones. Unusual looking and hard-to-find plants are featured, and all are suitable for Southern California’s climate.
Orange County  
Fullerton Arboretum Fullerton
Fullerton Arboretum
1900 Associated Rd.
657-278-3407
The Fullerton Arboretum is the largest botanical garden in Orange County. Encompassing 26 acres, the arboretum has a permanent collection of more than 4,000 unique and unusual plant species from around the world. The arboretum regularly hosts landscape classes and native and vegetable plant sales.
Huntington Beach Shipley Nature Center Huntington Beach
Shipley Nature Center
17851 Goldenwest St.
714-842-4772
Five waterwise gardens within the Shipley Nature Preserve showcase how to use native plants in a home garden. The gardens include a butterfly garden, hummingbird garden, riparian garden, waterwise garden and color garden. Water harvesting techniques are also demonstrated.
San Clemente Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens San Clemente
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
415 Avenida Granada
949-498-2139
The historic home of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson has 2.5 acres of coastal gardens. Visitors can stroll through the Native American Garden, Butterfly Garden, Herb Garden, Native Plant Garden, and a Woodland Garden. Children will enjoy the scents and fun plant names in the “Spanky Chang” Children’s Garden. The gardens were designed by Isabelle Greene (granddaughter of Craftsman architect Henry Greene.)
Westminster Water Conservation Garden Westminster
Water Conservation Garden
6312 California Ave.
714-548-3690
The garden features nearly 20 species of drought tolerant plants and trees.
Riverside County  
Riverside University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens Riverside
University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens
900 University Ave.
909-787-4650
Covering 400 acres, this living plant museum has more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. Its collection includes native California plants, rose, cactus, herb and iris gardens as well as a subtropical fruit orchard. The gardens also feature more than four miles of hiking trails and a koi pond.
Riverside Landscapes Southern California Style Riverside
Landscapes Southern California Style
Western Municipal Water District
450 E. Alessandro Blvd.
951-571-7100
More than 200 species of California Friendly® plants are artfully displayed in residential-style landscapes on this one-acre park. A self-guided tour and educational materials are available on site.
San Bernardino County  
Alta Loma Maloof Discovery Garden Alta Loma
Maloof Discovery Garden

5131 Carnelian St.
909-980-0412
Designed to complement the historic residence and workshop of renowned furniture maker and designer Sam Maloof, the Maloof Discovery Garden demonstrates the practical ways a garden can reflect California native and other Mediterranean plants. It is designed in harmony with the Southern California climate and respectful of California's limited water supply, while showing a wide variety of plants and garden styles. Visitors to the garden can both delight in its subtle beauty and be inspired to adopt appropriate landscaping for your own home.
Chino Inland Empire Utilities Agency Chino
Inland Empire Utilities Agency
6075 Kimball Ave.
909-993-1600
The landscape surrounding IEUA’s LEED Platinum Certified headquarters features innovative technologies and practices for capturing run-off, as well as using California Friendly® plants to create a beautiful and sustainable outdoor space.
Montclair Chino Basin Water Conservation District Water Wise Demonstration Garden Montclair
Chino Basin Water Conservation District
Water Wise Demonstration Garden

4594 San Bernardino St.
909-626-2711
The 1.75 acre garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat® and has numerous model gardens to help homeowners identify water wise plants that would look good in a home landscape. The model gardens include a Southwest Garden, a Woodland Garden, a Mediterranean Garden, a turf demonstration area to compare water use of different types of turf and much more.
San Diego County  
El Cajon Water Conservation Garden El Cajon
Water Conservation Garden
12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West
619-660-0614
On nearly five acres, this water-wise gardening treasure trove is filled with displays that showcase water conservation through a series of beautiful themed gardens, such as a native plant garden and a vegetable garden, as well as how-to displays such as mulch and irrigation exhibits. The Garden offers educational programs for children, adults and landscape professionals, plus tours and events throughout the year.
La Mesa Briercrest Park La Mesa
Briercrest Park
9001 Wakarusa St.
619-667-1307
Briercrest Park, adjacent to the Grossmont Healthcare District Library and Conference Center, features a variety of gardens including butterfly, texture and fragrance, and a large play area. The park is designed to provide a healing, nurturing experience.
Ventura County  
Camarillo Camrosa Water District Camarillo
Camrosa Water District
7385 Santa Rosa Rd.
805-388-0226
Area residents can take free landscaping classes, or just enjoy the gardens and naturalistic plantings surrounding Camrosa’s headquarters. This native and drought-tolerant design is filled with ideas for home gardens.