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9 of the Best Southern California Botanical Gardens to Visit

Here is my selection of must-see gardens in Southern California, from beautiful botanic gardens to public parks and arboretums filled with flowers. Beginning in the Los Angeles area, Virginia Robinson Gardens offers a glimpse into old-school Beverly Hills botanical luxury. The nearby Greystone Mansion & Gardens offers classy, formal gardens with amazing city views  and completely free admission. Aside from a $10-15 parking fee, The Getty Center is also free and offers art museums, stunning architecture, and colorful, artistic gardens with scenic views.

Pasadena is a garden paradise, offering some of the best gardens in the area like the Huntington Library & Gardens, Descanso Gardensand the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. 

Further north, Santa Barbara is home to the renown legendary Lotusland a quirky garden masterpiece on a grand scale. San Diego is home to the notable gardens and architecture of the famous Balboa Park.

Read my detailed reviews of the best botanical gardens of Southern California with original photos below!

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden

Sherman Library & Gardens

Sherman Library & Gardens