Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 12, 2010

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Feeling flower deprived headed to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden in Claremont, CA: http://www.rsabg.org/ It is the largest botanic garden focusing exclusively on California native plants.  The staff and volunteers were friendly and helpful.  There is a store with a large selection of books and a native plant sales area.

It was very scenic with snow-capped mountains sometimes visible in the distance, which was quite a contrast to the near 70-degree temperature in the garden.  Plant bloom is on the early side but there were quite a few flowers to see and photograph.  Most notable were a few patches of California Poppies.  There were a number of species of

Ceanothus and Berberis and several different colored Bush Monkeyflowers, Some of the other plants in bloom included Matilla Poppies, Evening Primrose, Agave, Bladderpod, Channel Island Tree Poppy, several Alum Roots, Star Zigadene, Fremontodendron, several Manzanitas, and Hummingbird Sage.  They also have a wildflower meadow, but were having some problems with it this year so there was nothing in flower there.

They were friendly towards photographers but you do need to photograph from the paths.  The bloom should continue to get even better over the next month or so.

A few photos from the garden.  Click for larger pictures.


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