Nature Gardens

nature gardens at summer nights

Outside in our Nature Gardens

Explore the Nature Gardens, our urban wildlife wonderland. Over 600 kinds of plants—including California natives and others from around the world—make a home for birds, butterflies, lizards, squirrels, and more!

What's in Season?

Plants and animals are up to something every single day in the Nature Gardens. Come discover the sights and sounds of Spring and pick up some ideas that you can try in your own garden.

Collinsia heterophylla

The two-tone blossoms of Chinese houses, a California native wildflower, are arranged in whorls that suggest a Chinese pagoda.

Pink yarrow blooms

White, yellow, pink, orange, or red—yarrow blooms throughout the Nature Gardens.

The fiery orange blossoms of South African lion’s tails attract hummingbirds.

The fiery orange blossoms of South African lion’s tails attract hummingbirds.

Blue California lilacs (ceonothus wheeler canyon)

A bounty of blue California lilacs provide months of bloom.

A California poppy begins to open

California poppy—a sure sign of spring.

A bee buzzes by a bush sunflower

Bush sunflower attracts all sorts of beneficial insects.

Pink apple blossoms bring autumn apples!

Springtime apple blossoms bring autumn apples!

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The two-tone blossoms of Chinese houses, a California native wildflower, are arranged in whorls that suggest a Chinese pagoda.

White, yellow, pink, orange, or red—yarrow blooms throughout the Nature Gardens.

The fiery orange blossoms of South African lion’s tails attract hummingbirds.

A bounty of blue California lilacs provide months of bloom.

California poppy—a sure sign of spring.

Bush sunflower attracts all sorts of beneficial insects.

Springtime apple blossoms bring autumn apples!

Snail
Did you know? San Gabriel chestnut snails smell like chocolate.