Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

On March 12, I had the pleasure of visiting the premier native botanic garden in the Los Angeles area, on a beautiful sunny day.  The nearby snow-capped peaks were framed by large trees and flowering shrubs.

Many gardening ideas jumped out from all corners of the garden.  The container garden exhibit included this great hybrid Monkeyflower spilling out of a very large pot.

Mimulus 'Ruby Silver' (Hybrid Monkeyflower), Photo by Laura Camp at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Many specimens of Redbud, Cercis occidentalis and numerous species and cultivars of California Lilac (Ceanothus) line the pathways.

Ceanothus (white) and Cercis (pink), Photo by Laura Camp © Tree of Life Nursery

In the container garden, this Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’ has been trained up against a wall and allowed to spill over the top.  What stunning spring color!

Ceanothus 'Dark Star' (California Lilac), Photo by Laura Camp © Tree of Life Nursery

4 thoughts on “Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

  1. I was a child in Claremont before we moved east.
    There is (was) a beehive in the Botanic Garden (in a large oak trunk) that has been there for hundreds of years.
    Last time i visited was an early May with 99 degree temperatures.

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