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California Extension Service Offices
Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County
Here's the perfect place to find out which plants thrive
best in the Santa Clara Valley. You'll also find here a
monthly calendar that gives you tips for which tasks to
accomplish throughout the year, as well as learn more
about the resources provided by the Master gardeners
and the special projects and activities they sponsor.
California Science Academy-Botany
California Wildflower Hot Sheet
Updates on where the flowers are blooming in California.
(Usually gets going in late February.)
Pest Management and Identification
This database supplies the University of California's official
guidelines for pest monitoring techniques, pesticides, and non-
pesticide alternatives for managing pests in homes and landscapes.
This guide provides photographs and descriptions of biological
control (or biocontrol) agents of insect, disease and weed pests
in North America.
California Horticultural Society
The California Horticultural Society is an educational, non-profit
organization dedicated to bringing together gardeners and garden
professionals to share experiences. It's mission is to provide
educational opportunities for California gardeners and
California Native Plant Society
The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to increase
understanding and appreciation of California's native plants, and
to preserve them in their natural habitat through scientific activities,
education, and conservation.
California Native Plant Society,
Milo Baker Chapter
In addition to a calendar of events, includes a photography
gallery and a Sonoma County flora FAQ (frequently asked
California Native Plant Society,
Santa Clara Valley Chapter
Information about meeting times, various plants and
comprehensive calendar of talks and field trips.
Brousseau California Flora Pictures
The Dirt Gardener
Bay area gardening information
San Francisco Birds
San Jose Mercury News
Humgarden's monthly garden calendar
Features a guide to monthly gardening tasks for those
living in the coastal area of northern California.
A Southern California Gardening Resource
Xeriscape Gardening Tips from The City of Cerritos
Canopy: Trees for Palo Alto
Canopy is a non-profit organization dedicated to planting, preserving,
maintaining, and studying the Palo Alto urban forest, and educating
the public about the importance of trees.
Nature of our Garden, The
Displays Steve and Cyndi Kirkpatrick's backyard and organic
garden in California. Read articles about plants,
vegetables, and gardening.
Bay Area Garden Railway Society
This popular hobby features miniature trains in garden settings.
University of California
Botanical Gardens and Arboreta
UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
A seven-acre frost-free garden that exhibits many different
species of tropical and subtropical plants. Approximately 5000
species in 225 families are growing in the garden.
UC Irvine Arboretum
The UCI Arboretum is a 12.5-acre botanic garden and research
facility located approximately one mile from the University of
California, Irvine. The Arboretum features plants and communities
from the California Floristic Province and also has an extensive
collection of South African species.
University and Jepson Herbaria
With a current combined total of Ca. 1,800,000 accessioned specimens
at UC Berkeley, the University Herbarium (UC)and Jepson Herbarium
(JEPS) represent the largest collection of herbarium material west
of the Missouri Botanical Garden and the largest at a public
university in the United States.
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
Situated on what is now the campus of the University of California
at Santa Cruz and what was originally part of the vast land holdings
of pioneer settler Henry Cowell, the Arboretum occupies one of the
most propitious horticultural sites in the world.
Center for Agroecology and
Sustainable Food Systems
This site includes information on both The Alan Chadwick Garden and
the UC Santa Cruz Farm located on the University of California Santa
Cruz campus. At the Farm and the Garden, you will see some of the
best gardening techniques in the world put into practice.
UC Riverside Botanic Gardens
The UCR Botanic Gardens are comprised of two parts: The landscaped
area around the campus buildings demonstrate the use of a wide assort-
ment of plants which grow well in the inland area of Southern
California. The other component of the UCR Botanic Gardens is a
39-acre living plant museum with more than 3,500 plant species from
around the world for visitors and researchers to see and study.
Botanical Gardens and Arboreta
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Famous for its desert garden
Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
Regional Parks Botanic Garden Located at Tilden
The Regional Parks Botanic Garden is devoted to the collection,
growth, display, and preservation of the native plants of California.
Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, owned by the city of San
Francisco. Located on 55 acres within Golden Gate Park, this living
museum of plants is operated by a public/private partnership between
the nonprofit Strybing Arboretum Society and the San Francisco
Recreation and Park Department.
Shinzen Japanese Garden
Garden in Fresno, California reflects traditional Japanese garden
design elements. Provides a map, seasonal images and membership details.
San Jose Heritage Rose Garden
In Guadalupe River Park & Gardens
San Jose, California
The Ruth Bancroft Garden
Preserving an exceptional example of American garden design, The
Ruth Bancroft Garden demonstrates the beauty and excitement possible
in a water-conserving landscape. Internationally recognized as one
of the finest private gardens in North America. Walnut Creek, California
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is devoted to the collection, cultiva-
tion, study, and display of native California plants and to graduate
training and research in plant systematics and evolution. Through
all of its programs, the mission of the Garden is to make significant
contributions to the appreciation, enjoyment, conservation,
understanding, and thoughtful utilization of our natural heritage.
The Conservatory in Golden Gate Park
A magnificent combination of Victorian Architecture and specifically
greenhouse architecture, history, horticulture, preservation of
endangered species, and the beauty of American urban park lands.
Alice Keck Garden
Santa Barbara, California
Quail Botanical Gardens
Tropicals from all over the world, and also large areas of native
plants with trails plus a raised overlook on the ridgetop to see
Sherman Gardens and Library
This beautiful public garden and the Sherman Library for California
history is in Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, California, right on
the Pacific Coast Highway.
The National Aids Memorial Grove
The Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens
Catalina Island's temperate marine climate makes it possible to
showcase plants from every corner of the earth.
Los Angeles County
The Fullerton Arboretum, a 26-acre botanical garden, is a living
museum of rare plants from around the world.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
The mild maritime climate makes it a garden for all seasons,
attracting gardeners and nature lovers alike. Manicured formal
gardens, a dense coastal pine forest, fern-covered canyons, diverse
plant collections, and flower-filled coastal bluffs overlooking the
blue Pacific Ocean are among the many attractions.
San Diego, California
America's largest urban cultural park!
South Coast Botanic Garden
The South Coast Botanic Garden is a unique 87-acre garden
environment. The garden was once a landfill and now has over
150,000 beautifully landscaped plants and trees.
Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
The Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego has roots in the
1915 World Exposition. After the Exposition, strong community interest
kept the Japanese Tea Pavilion open for thirty years within Balboa
Park, San Diego's Culture Center.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
You can hear the tolling of century old bells and walk down its time
worn paths. The serenity and peace amid the 10 acres of lush gardens
and cool fountains, cloistered by old adobe walls, offers visitors
seclusion from the sights and sounds of a busy world.
Santa Barbara, California
Lotusland’s distinct and often surreal gardens present a variety of
exotic tropical and sub-tropical species ranging from desert cacti
and succulents to ginger and banana trees.
Casa del Herrero
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens
Santa Rosa, California
The Home, Greenhouse, and gardens where the famed horticulturist
experimented with plants for most of his 50-year career. The center
features tours, a gift shop, and special events throughout the year.
Filoli is one of the great garden estates of the country -- and Bay
Area gardeners are fortunate to have it in their back yard. It's
nestled in an oak forest along the Peninsula -- easy for you to
California Living Museum
Mourning Cloak Ranch & Botanical Garden