By Stefanie Michaels
One of the best things about living in a big city, is the diversity of things to do. One could get lost all day visiting unique spaces across town.
Botanical gardens are beautiful places to unwind and take in nature. The botanic gardens listed below offer visitors a chance to see and learn about a wide variety of plant species from different parts of the world.
LA’s garden spaces are also a place for education—the conservation and preservation of native plants.
- The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden – This garden features boasts over 100-acres of botanical gardens and a historical ranch. It’s home to over 1,200 different plant species from around the world.
- The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens – More than just a garden, this historical locale features over a dozen themed gardens, including a desert garden, a rose garden, and a Japanese garden, and has an extensive collection of rare and exotic plants. Art installations change seasonally.
- The South Coast Botanic Garden – This garden features 87 acres of gardens— a desert garden, a Mediterranean garden, and a subtropical fruit garden.
- The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden – Dedicated to the study, conservation, and cultivation of California native plants, it is home to over 2,000 species of plants.
The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants – Located in Sun Valley, California, this space is dedicated to the preservation of California native plants. It offers classes, events, and has a collection of over 800 species of plants to learn a