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“Beautiful Gardens, peaceful retreat for a day...”

South Coast Botanic Garden
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

The South Coast Botanic Garden is a wonderful day trip, my husband and I are ready to go back again because we only got part way around in half a day. The rose garden is our very favorite, the children's gardens would be great for families with children and the have special events!

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Reviewed June 5, 2012

Not far of Pacific Coast Highway lies an impressive array of wonderfully landscaped scenery. Built on a dump site that today is the foundation of many trails. Every plant is marked with info as to type and origin. Spend an hour or a few it's a treat.
The entire area covers over 80 acres - a real treat to get away from it all.

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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Beautiful gardens, very well maintained. Great place to take photos and meander. Not really a mids attraction. We were there in mid- May and it was hot. I would recommend going maybe October to April.

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Reviewed April 26, 2012

They have an extensive Children's garden and many family-related activities, in addition to really large areas of gorgeous plantings. (The rose garden, for instance, was in full bloom and very impressive.) They have a good website - check it out before you go to make the most of a visit. Plenty of easy parking the day we went - even though it was also the day of a special event (see below). The gift shop is small, but quite nice - with unusual, quality items. The park itself is quite large. They runs a few tours, check their website. The tram runs very infrequently and you should double-check the website ON THE DAY you are going, to avoid disappointment. (Evidently the tram is run by the locals, the park is run by a foundation - which has no jurisdiction over the tram operation?) We are going back soon and will be taking our visitors whenever possible. Annual Plant Sale (April): We just moved to the area and our first visit coincided with this event. It was well-attended, but not crowded (at l east around 10:30 am, although the checkout line seemed a bit long.) It was a large, but very friendly sale - the people who actually grew the plants were at each booth, to give you all kinds of info/help. The prices seemed very good and I assume the Garden got some portion of the proceeds? I also appreciated that they emphasized good looking drought-tolerant natives and especially those that attract wildlife.

Thank PVShores
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

My husband and I visited the South Coast Botanical Gardens today. This is a beautiful place to visit. As soon as you enter there is a koi pond that you can sit next to and relax. We walked the entire gardens in a little over 2 hours. There is a man made lake with ducks as well as a rose garden with a large variety of roses. There is even a play area for kids. The cactus garden is pretty large. Admission is only $6.00 dollars for students and $8.00 dollars for adults. I would highly recommend this place if you want to spend a few hours with nature. This place was not crowded at all which made it even better. I have been to the Huntington library and this place is a much smaller version of that but well worth it.

Thank Sungal43
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