South Coast Botanical Gardens

South Coast Botanic Garden, "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 of 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.

26300 Crenshaw Boulevard
Palos Verdes Peninsula, California 90274

The Garden is open to the public 364 days a year. Closed Christmas Day.
Garden hours are 9am to 5pm daily, with the last ticket sale at 4:30pm.
Foundation hours are 9am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.
Gift Shop hours are 10am to 4pm daily.

Foundation Members: FREE
Adults: $8
Seniors - 62 and over: $6
Students (with ID): $6
Children (5 - 12): $3
4 and under: FREE
Third Tuesday of each month: FREE

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  • Tom L.

    Great day, great location. The gardens cover a decent amount of space with several trails, each focusing on different plant-life. Gentle hills allow for easy hiking. Wide variety of plants and flowers to photograph, or simply enjoy. Small Japanese garden near entrance also has Koi pond and small fountain/falls. A fairly easy walk for all levels.

    Met a number of members from both groups, although we mostly went about on our own. Still managed to stop and chat and make new friends. I would recommend this botanical garden both as a group meetup, or on your own.

    April 3, 2010

  • Connie R.

    Had a wonderful time and met some new people from my town!

    April 3, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a combined meet up with members of our group, the Los Angeles Hiking and Photogroup as well as the So Cal Explores Group. Eantastick People and a Fantastick place to be with a camera!

    April 3, 2010

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