The South Coast Botanic Gardens
Tucked away in the South Bay is the perfect little getaway from the crowded, busy city life. A relaxing way to spend an afternoon is to stroll around the 87 acres of the South Coast Botanical Gardens in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Escape and get lost amidst the colorful, fragrant flowers. The garden provides inspirational scenes for photography, art or simply relaxing and enjoying the peacefulness.
Inside the South Coast Botanical Gardens are many different trails that meander through mini gardens. Right inside the entrance is a Japanese Garden with a Koi Pond and a few waterfalls. Get drawn in by the relaxing sounds of water flowing and the serene nature of the Japanese Garden. Stone lanterns adorn the gardens adding some culture to an already beautiful location.
Also close to the entrance is a rose garden with over 300 varieties of roses. Perfume permeates the air and roses of every color imaginable line the pathways. Walking through the rose gardens can be very romantic for a date. Experience the sensory garden, which encourages visitors to explore plant life using their senses of smell, touch and vision.
My son’s favorite part of the gardens is the children’s garden. Nursery rhymes are presented in throughout the gardens through the foliage. Find Peter the pumpkin eater among the pumpkin vines or spot Mary with her little lamb in the soft leaves of lamb’s ear.
Further into the grounds is a duck pond, bridges and many enchanting places for walking or taking photos. There are many plants here that are extremely rare and stunning. With 87 acres, the South Coast Botanical Gardens can be explored over several visits and one can still discover hidden passages, or new flora on each venture.
Filled with life, the gardens are a great location for bird watching or spotting other types of wildlife including many species of butterflies. The sweet nectar of the plants entice rare species not seen elsewhere in the South Bay. Despite being a desirable location to visit I have on several occasions visited the park and roamed freely, running into few if any other people.
Activities & Events
The South Coast Botanical Gardens host a plethora of activities and events for both adults and children. Planting workshops are frequent and offer great tips, especially for planting California native species.
There are 23 different clubs that meet at the botanical gardens. Each group has something different to offer guests. Visit for exercise groups, car shows and so much more! Also, to get the little ones in tune with nature, they offer a kids club where kids can learn and plant their own flora. Fairies also lead small fry on enchanted tours of the magical gardens that include song, dance and fairy stories.
If 87 acres is too far to walk, then the tram tour runs every Saturday at 1:00pm. In addition, they rent this beautiful location out for special occasions. Features include: two gazebos, a huge grassy lawn, a meadow for events and an auditorium. It would be the perfect location for a wedding.
Planning your visit
Garden hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm with the last ticket sales being at 4:30pm. They are open 364 days a year and only closed for Christmas. That makes the South Coast Botanical Gardens a wonderful place to celebrate holidays such as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $3 for students 5-12, and free for children four and under. The third Tuesday of every month is also free. Make sure to bring sunscreen and water!
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South Coast Botanic Gardens – (310) 544-1948
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, California 90274