South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Estates

(75+ reviews on the web)
Garden Nature / Park
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • i visit the gardens almost every weekend. The flora gardens are ever changing and the staff and volunteers keep it in Top condition. There are special exhibits and displays Frequently. Recently a mode...  more »
  • Enjoy the beautiful myriad flower beds in bloom. Good hikes all around the garden. Well maintained cactus garden.  more »
  • A tranquil garden offers a lovely walk around the garden. It was January so there was not all the possible blossom. However we enjoyed our walk there. We would have enjoyed a cup of coffee or soda sho...  more »
Google
  • This place is huge and there's plenty to see. The nicer flowers are closer to the entrance, more in the back is where it turns into dirt and dry grass. The map works very well as long as read the signs they post up. No tour guide but made it through with the help of Google. It's very relaxing and peaceful if you enjoy nature.
  • A nice place to walk and find quiet beauty. I love the dirt paths that crisscross the center of the garden. There are plenty of paved walkways; but the trails and paths make this place special. There are so few nearby places to get away. This is one.
  • Not impressed. The lake had no water and too many dirt paths to walk on make this place more unpleasant. Don't give me that water drought bullshit. This place is clearly neglected. Best part is near the entrance where the koi fish are. These are basic plants you can probably see anywhere else at no charge. What a depressing botanical garden. The place looks promising from the road, but what a let down inside. Don't call it a garden more like a walk in the woods. Hopefully it overcomes the great depression.
  • Wonderful gardens. Adorable little area for kids, nice walks and variety of areas to see. One reviewer complained about the lack of a lake and doesn't believe the drought is to blame... umm... obviously not been in California long. There very much is a drought and although recent rain, obviously not enough to fix the lake for their enjoyment. This place is wonderful and I have been coming with my mommy friends to sit in the sun on the grass for over a year. Will be renewing my membership because we love it so much and it's not the closest drive for me. I highly recommend
  • A gem of a place to visit when a drive out of the South Bay may be a bit too much. These gardens are not on the grand scale as the Huntington or Descanso Gardens but don't let that fool you because less crowds and a smaller park make this a perfect day visit. Being so close to the ocean a nice breeze is ever present even on the warmest of days.