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L.A.’s South Coast Botanic Garden is a Horticultural Heaven

(LA Trend) — South Coast Botanic Garden provides a unique horticultural and wildlife habitat experience through its wide range of educational programs and events. It delivers a singular mixture of surprise, adventure, beauty, and serenity through color, texture, sound, and light.

Known as “The Jewel of the Peninsula,” South Coast Botanic Garden is located on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula and features over 2,500 different species of plants from countries across the globe, including Australia, the Mediterranean, and southern Africa. This 87-acre horticultural paradise resides in Sunset’s Zone 23, one of the most favored growing areas in the world, and is home to around 100 rare trees and shrubs rarely seen anywhere else. The garden also boasts a breadth of plantlife (more than 2,500 different species of plants!) that provides food and shelter to abundant wildlife and birds. In fact, more than 200 species of birds are sighted there annually, making this spot a popular one among birdwatchers.

This vast ecosystem of flora and fauna is spread throughout numerous areas and five miles of trails that are perfect for an outdoor stroll. Among the quaint and alluring sights to explore are a small lake, Mediterranean Garden, AARS Rose Garden, Water-Wise Garden, Garden for the Senses, Cactus Garden, Children’s Garden, Fuchsia Garden, Dahlia Garden, Herb Garden, and Japanese Garden. There’s even a dazzling Wedding Lawn with two Gazebos, an Events Meadow, and the Frances Young Auditorium available for events, as well as a picnic area located outside the gates.

As one of the world’s first botanical gardens to be developed over a sanitary landfill, South Coast Botanic Garden’s origin sets it apart, if not above, other gardens of this type. Nature lovers should be sure not to miss it. This masterpiece of creative land reclamation and environment improvement is a stunning and restorative oasis in the hectic and noisy sprawl of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Since a group of private citizens, headed by Frances Young, first pleaded with the County Board of Supervisors to convert the original landfill into a botanic garden in 1961, South Coast Botanic Garden has served as a model of what land reclamation can achieve, and has attracted horticulturists from all around the globe, including Prince Charles of England, to examine the feasibility for their own respective projects.


  • Tickets must be purchased in advance
  • Daily admission is free for Members
  • For non-members, tickets are $15 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, $5 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under age 4


Open daily from 8am to 5pm


26300 Crenshaw Boulevard

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

Go to the South Coast Botanic Garden official website for more information and to reserve your tickets.

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Joe Garza | Editor

Joe Garza is an LA-based writer and musician. With a deep passion for the arts, his interests include screenwriting, reading, composing, and playing guitar and piano.

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