San Marino, CA 91108
The Botanical Gardens at the Huntington Library feature 120 landscaped acres with thirteen themed gardens and a conservatory on the former San Marino Ranch just outside Pasadena include rare and exotic plants from around the world as well as California natives. You could spend all day in the gardens, but the extensive art collection and illustrated manuscripts, including a Gutenberg Bible, are also worth a look. Garden walking tours are available.
1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada, CA 91011
301 N. Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
The 127 acres of trees and shrubs at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden are arranged by continent of origin. The park includes the spring-fed Lake Baldwin, a research center and greenhouses and several historic buildings. Walking tours are available.
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
The South Coast Botanic Garden features over 2,500 plant species on 87 acres with an emphasis on draught resistant plants. Includes a children's garden.
701 State Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90037
The Rose Garden at Exposition Park in South Los Angeles is a popular spot for USC students to hang out and study, and a busy spot for weddings and photo shoots. The Rose Garden is opened daily from 9:00 am - sunset. It is closed to the public from January 1st - March 15th of each year for annual maintenance. Exposition Park is also home to a variety of museums including the Natural History Museum, California Science Center and the California African American Museum, so you can combine some indoor and outdoor time.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
The manicured gardens at the >Getty Center were designed as a work of art by Robert Irwin. Zigzagging walkways, a stone waterfall and a floating maze of azaleas are surrounded by a variety of seasonal plants. Architecture and garden tours are available.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Most people go to the zoo to see the animals, but the habitats are just as carefully cultivated, including a variety of specialty gardens including a collection of contraband plants that have been confiscated by airport customs from people trying to bring them into the country illegally.
Claremont, CA 91711
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens in Claremont has 86 acres dedicated exclusively to California native plants and is a haven for wildlife. There are many resources provided to help people develop and maintain native gardens. In summer be cautious of the heat and bring plenty of water.
About 5000 species of tropical and subtropical plants are grown on the six acres of the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens at UCLA.
17080 Sunset blvd (Shrine entrance)
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
The ten-acre Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is 1/4 mile from the Pacific Ocean just up sunset Blvd from the coast. It honors the five major world religions and includes a memorial to Mahatma Ghandi where a portion of his ashes are said to be enshrined. The grounds have been compared to a Disney version of a botanical garden with everything manicured and pristinely perfect.