10 Must-See California Gardens

Balboa Park is a magnificent urban greenspace includes a Botanical Building which holds more than 2,100 plants including tropical palms and orchids.

Dedicated to preserving desert environments through education and appreciation, the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens offers a unique opportunity to view thriving desert ecosystems from throughout the world.

Over 8,000 types of plants, including some extremely rare varieties no longer found in their native habitats, can be viewed at the San Diego Botanical Garden, as well as magnolias, native redwoods, and passion vines from Chile.

Fittingly, the gardens at the Getty Center are as much an art installation as a horticultural display