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Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont

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Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California’s native plants. RSABG, a private, nonprofit organization, offers educational programs and special events throughout the year.

Grow Native Nursery in Claremont is the non-profit nursery of RSABG. Admission is always free to the nursery, which is open Friday through Monday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.
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  • This wasn't so much a botanical garden as it was a nature preserve. It is not very well kept, and many of the plants are dying. The place could really benefit from signage. The paths sort of meander, ...  more »
  • Spent several hours there yesterday. There's much to see, and the gardens are beautifully landscaped. As I have some mobility issues at present, it was great to see a lot of benches available, so that...  more »
  • All plants are native to the area but since this botanic garden is near three climatic zones (mountain, desert, coastal) that provides lots of variety! Extensive paths lead to various levels. The anci...  more »
  • Nice garden for the area. I have been to so many different gardens in Riverside and LA continues and this one lacked the upkeep. Yes the season I chose to go here is not the best, however finding plastic folding tables just tossed to the side of the nature trail is not an ideal view. The garden has benches in nice places, a nice pond with one turtle and one koi fish (unless the rest were hiding), and the majestic oak seemed majestic. I say seemed because there was a couple occupying it for a photography session, which was also the case with the only large fountain they have. If i go again, it would be for hiking, but then I don't think it's worth paying to hike. Nevertheless, if just like me you are a garden enthusiast, then you must visit this garden because it does have a nice area displaying Native American history. The drought in Southern California is nobody's friend and this garden manages to have its flora and fauna around so it is definitely worth a visit.
  • Nice place to walk, and enjoy the rare nature in the California desert. It's beautiful, has a nice little gift shop, and is worth stopping by.
  • It's all about California natives! Free EV charging in the back. Awesome way to see the various plants in all places of CA without the distractions of exotics from other countries or even states.
  • It is amazing how many plants are native to California. We see a variety of them in our everyday life and sometimes don't think twice about it. * Travel tip: The Botanic Garden offers Free Days Here are some features that we experienced: * White sage (salvia apiana) is part of the mint (lamiaceae) family * Route 66 California fuchsia (Epilobium) is part of the evening-primrose (onagraceae) family * California poppy (eschscholzia californica) * The Benson Fountain, constructed in memory of George C.S. Benson (1908-1999). He was a founding member of the Overseers Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and a stalwart supporter of California native plants. * The Benjamin Pond is dedicated to Richard K. Benjamin, Ph.D., an internationally acclaimed research scientist and mycologist
  • Wonderful place for children to learn more about their native plants