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“Nice Oasis for a Day Trip” 3 of 5 stars
Review of South Coast Botanic Garden

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
(310) 544-1948
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Tujunga, CA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Nice Oasis for a Day Trip”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

The often-overlooked South Coast Botanic Garden contains more than 150,000 trees and plants in its 87 acres, making it a worthy day trip for those who enjoy visits to the better-known Descanso Gardens and Huntington Library. Just to stroll the grounds, doing little more than gazing at the scenery, is incredibly therapeutic. Of course, there are rewarding directed activities as well: Gardening, birding and drawing classes are offered along with concerts, plant sales and lectures. You could do worse things to your psyche with the $8 admission cost than walking peacefully among the flowers at this "jewel of the peninsula.

Visited April 2011
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Irvine, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Yes, it's definitely on a landfill”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

This garden has so much potential, but it felt like the gardeners were either on strike, or absent altogether! It seems to be very untidy everwhere you go and there is the constant reminder that you're walking in a converted landfil. It could be that they went for the rustic nature look, or the fact that I went in the "depths of winter" but I still believe that the place could benefit with a lot of thought put into making it seem more tidy. Instead, grasses are left to overgrow, one seat had a plant growing through it, and some of the pathways badly need maintaining, especially in the "Grasses" section. One highlight was the "Garden of Senses" where a lot of thought had been put into the presentation and information. If only the rest of the garden was the same. The pond was muddy-dirty and full of large pampas-like grassses, which obscured most of it. Shame.

Visited January 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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155 attraction reviews
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
“Beautiful flowers and plants are everywhere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

I recently did a daytrip out to the Botanical Gardens with my 18 year old nephew and we had a great time. Our goal on this day was to take some nice pictures as we both have Canon Rebels and are working on our photography skills. This was the perfect place as beautiful flowers, plants, and trees were everywhere. We went on a Free day (every third Tuesday of the month) and went camera crazy. There are several specialty gardens: rose, sense, japanese, etc. In all, there are 86 acres to browse through so have good walking shoes, sunscreen, and water.

Visited January 2012
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Kirkwood, Missouri
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“The roses here are glorious.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2010

Go the right time of year, not Christmas. The entry garden is really wonderful. The cactuses are wonderful. The roses are amazing. This place is built over a landfill, which is interesting. It's a great place to bring children. It was $20 for four people. Bring something to feed the ducks, if you have children. It has a children's garden, which is cute. It's not a huge place, but little kids can get tired running around it.

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