Plants, Stone, California Landscapes


Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Revisited


Along with Joshua Tree, I also went back to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. It was great to see it in more springlike conditions, after my only previous visit in January. I said at the time that I would like to see this Heuchera patch in bloom, and it didn’t disappoint. The thick haze of pink flowers was visible a long ways down the trail. The day was rather sunny for photos, but I have a few more below.


The meadow was further along than when I saw it in January, but mostly just had some plants from the sunflower family blooming.


I planted Island Bush Poppy a couple of times years ago, then it dropped off my radar. The garden had some nice specimens in bloom. The flower is a beautiful yellow.


I think this is an Acer negundo cultivar. Great contrast with the more subdued greens around it.


I like the grape sitting on top of the stone wall.


One of the plantings mixed red and orange monkey flowers to nice effect.


I’m always happy when there are Western Azaleas blooming, one of my favorite fragrant flowers.


There were some huge patches of Douglas Iris blooming. Just as on my last visit, I was impressed at the size of both the patches of plants and the individual specimens. There was much more to see, including several tremendous buckeyes about to bloom, but it got too sunny for photos and I just walked around the garden, enjoying the plants and bird activity. I’ve now seen this garden in January and March; hopefully I’ll eventually see it in every month of the year.

4 Responses to “Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Revisited”

  1. April 22nd, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    hb says:

    I was there last fall–everything looked terrible. Even 7 or 8 inches of rain makes such a difference–it looks far better in your photos. So nice to see that.

  2. April 25th, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    ryan says:

    It was looking good. I would have taken more photos if the sun hadn’t been blazing. I’m curious to see it during the dry season, but it has looked good the two times I’ve seen it during the rainy season.

  3. April 27th, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    James says:

    What a great place. I first visited in midsummer as a teenager, and that didn’t convert me to natives since everything was a bit…sparse. But later trips have really shown some of what the natives can do when treated well. It doesn’t hurt going when everything is looking good, even in a drought year.

  4. April 27th, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    ryan says:

    It sounds like I need to see the garden in late summer to get a full measure of it, but it sure is a nice garden in the greener season.

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