Free Tuesday at South Coast Botanic Garden

No Host Event- Every 3rd Tuesday The South Coast Botanic Garden is free. "The Jewel of the Peninsula" is located on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula, located 10 miles south of the Los Angeles Airport in California. Conveniently located to many South Bay communities, this 87-acre Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean, and southern Africa. The Garden is situated in Sunset's Zone 23, one of the most favored growing areas in the world. About 100 trees and shrubs are rare mature specimens, infrequently seen elsewhere. The wide variety of plant life provides food and shelter to an abundant wildlife and bird population, and over 200 species of birds are sighted annually. Popular features include a small lake, Mediterranean Garden, AARS Rose Garden, Water-Wise Garden, Garden for the Senses, Cactus Garden, Children's Garden, Fuchsia Garden, Dahlia Garden, Herb Garden, and Japanese Garden. There is an attractive Wedding Lawn and two Gazebos, Events Meadow, and Frances Young Auditorium available for events. There is a picnic area located outside of the Garden gates. Free abundant parking available.

Hours 9a-5p. Admission is free this day, otherwise CASH ONLY. Adults $8/$6- senior 62+ or student.
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Please note- only "small snacks and drinks" are available for purchase at the garden.  A picnic area is available just outside for those who bring food.  No eating allowed in the gardens.

Members can set up carpool groups and their own schedule.

If desired we can meet at picnic area at 12:30-1p or email me for my cell if you want to try and meetup earlier.


Additional photo ops for afternoon light not far from here-

in Palos Verdes- Wayfarer's Chapel, Pt. Vicente Lighthouse

in Angel's Gate Park San Pedro: Pt. Fermin Lighthouse, Korean Friendship Bell  (as well as illegal access to Sunken City).  My vehicle will be leaving the gardens by 3p to head down the coast for these sites.  You can follow if desired.


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  • Rich

    I made it there late but really liked the venue so thanks for notifying us. Hopefully meet up with members next time.

    August 22, 2013

  • Janet G.

    This was my first meet-up ever. I really enjoyed being out practising.

    August 20, 2013

  • yewneeklymee

    Last minute change in plans. :-(

    August 15, 2013

  • Barb B

    My plan for the day, if all goes well- Arrive by 10am from OC, bring packed lunch and shoot until 2-3p at latest. Head downhill for sites along the coast mentioned in above info. Wayfarer's Chapel has beautiful small gardens and closes at 5p. Grab dinner in San Pedro and enjoy sunset at 7:34p from Pt. Fermin lighthouse or Korean Bell if color looks promising (and if I last that long). Let me know if you want to carpool from OC or follow me for the afternoon/eve shoot. Carpool from The Block/Outlets in Orange leaving by 8:30a (near Carl Jrs- 450 The City Dr. s.). I have room for 3.

    August 15, 2013

    • Carol A.

      Hi Barb I'd like to tag along too. :)

      August 15, 2013

    • Barb B

      Ok good. Will confirm again Monday.

      August 15, 2013

  • Barb B

    Not having been here before- I contacted them and only "small snacks and drinks" are available for purchase, at the gift shop. There is a picnic area just outside, no food allowed in the gardens.

    August 15, 2013

  • Colleen T.

    I live right there so if I can get away from work, I'll be there.

    August 14, 2013

  • Barb B

    The summer temp should be cooler here...

    1 · July 18, 2013

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