Located in beautiful Palo Verdes, the South Coast Botanic Garden is sometimes referred to as “the jewel of the Peninsula.” The 87-acre public garden is home to more than 200,000 plants and 2,000 species of plants from around the world, which also serves as an oasis for more than 200 species that make the garden their home or use it as a stop during their annual migration. The botanic garden includes many themed specialty gardens, including the Japanese Garden, Fuchsia Garden, Herb Garden, Children’s Garden, and 2-acre James J. White Rose Garden.
The South Coast Botanic Garden has a unique history as one of the world's first botanical gardens to be developed over a sanitary landfill. It was first created on the site of a sanitary landfill in 1961 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at the request of a citizen’s group. The site had operated as an open-pit mine from 1929-1956 before it was sold and then became the site of a creative and innovative land reclamation project, transforming it into an urban oasis for all to share.
One could probably spend an entire day taking photographs on the garden’s extensive walking trails, but there is certainly much more to experience. The South Coast Botanic Garden offers a number of adult and family programs, workshops, and tours. Many groups use the various event spaces available including an amphitheater, picnic areas, and wedding gazebos. Many visit the South Coast Botanic Garden when in the mood for a quiet and peaceful afternoon.
For the latest photos and albums from the botanic garden, as well as updates and event information, check out their Facebook page, or take a virtual tour on the garden’s official website.
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Phone: (310) 544-1948