Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens
“California’s Native Garden”
In Claremont, 35 miles -or so- east of downtown Los Angeles.
This place is one huge garden. Like the one your grandma has out back, but bigger, infinitely bigger.
Give yourself a couple hours -at least- to wander about all the meandering trails.
I really know nothing about plants, other than what I remember from high school, which is well, almost nothing.
But they are pretty.
And different times of the year different plants are pretty for different reasons. I visited in spring, for the wild flowers.
Other than it being beautiful, this garden is special for one particular reason, all the plants are native to California. Or as the sign says:
“The Plants on display are native species or cultivated forms developed from them. A few are ancient components of California flora or close relatives of our native species.”
[Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Link]
Enjoy the photographs.
Wyethia elata: Hall’s mule ears, Hall’s wyethia
Trachemys scripta elegans: Red-eared Slider
Libellula saturata: Flame Skimmer
This is a pine tree, and the red cones are Male Pine Cones, not sure exactly which species.
Danaus plexippus: Monarch butterfly
Unknown Butterfly [The Queen?]
Dendromecon rigida: also called bush poppy or tree poppy
Fallugia paradoxa: Apache Plume
Romneya coulteri: Coulter’s Matilija Poppy
Eschscholzia californica: California Poppy