South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Estates

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
Conveniently located to many South Bay communities, this 87-acre Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean, and southern Africa. The Garden is situated in Sunset's Zone 23, one of the most favored growing areas in the world. About 100 trees and shrubs are rare mature specimens, infrequently seen elsewhere. The wide variety of plant life provides food and shelter to an abundant wildlife and bird population, and over 200 species of birds are sighted annually.
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  • I would not call this a botanical garden in the full sense of the word. There is no diversity of plants from all over the world. Rather, it is a small park, but quite well maintained. Specifically here to go is not worth it, unless you live nearby.
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  • The South Coast Botanic Garden is a favorite of ours--including my almost-4-year-old granddaughter. We've enjoyed not only the lovely gardens and spectacular trees but also concerts and picnics on the...  read more »
  • Just attended a wedding here. It is interesting, pretty in summer and fall, not so much in January when we went to check it out as a venue. Staff very easy to work with- gorgeous in the growing season...  read more »
  • While there is generally some part that is under renovation at any time, they have some nice interesting parts, for example the fig tree forest. There are lots of benches all over and plenty of clean trails for a long walk in a pleasant atmosphere. It's also very good for kids with a special children's garden and a on CE relaxing koi pond.
  • Took a walkabout here after an evening at Cabrillo Aquirium in San Pedro . With about half a brain we had a difficult time getting where I wanted to be ie. Conifer section, native section it was not all that while mapped out. Whatever I hadn't been there sense my teens which we used to go there at night after hours The garden has really grown sense 1970's
  • It's a great area to walk and explore with numerous benches throughout where you can stop and relax. Quite often you will find that there is a unique art installation to discover throughout the grounds. I love it but I'm a local. It's not as lush as many botanic gardens. They take water restrictions very seriously.
  • I love it here. It's HUGE, and the programming is great. I wish the hours were more expansive, and that there was some sort of food available, but otherwise, there is plenty of parking, the grounds are GORGEOUS, and there's no way to see everything in one day. The people are nice, the information is great, and the gift shop is cute. I love going to the concerts they've got here.
  • I've lost track the number of times I've visited SCBG. The rose garden is one of my favorite parts, located near the front. My other favorite part, depending on the season, is the cherry blossoms! The most recent time visiting was in late March with cherry blossoms in full bloom. All the beautiful shades of pink! The light breeze enhanced the cherry blossom scent. I also like walking along the paved road, nicely maintained. Although some parts hilly, some parts flat, good for mixing up a leisure walk. There are different placards around SCBG so I know about each plant. I believe there's an audio version, but have yet to try it. I usually visit the gift shop before I leave, I've found some great treasures from note cards to small gifts to trinkets. The prices are fair and each time I chat it up with the staff member, they're always so nice. I'm already planning my next trip back to SCBG!
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