Southern California experiences something of a wild flower super bloom during the Spring and at other times during the year. This is even more true when the area gets storms where water quenches the dry lands.

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Fullerton Arboretum
1900 Associated Road
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-3407

Fullerton Arboretum botanic garden provides the community a place to walk through a green area full of 4000+ plants, walking trails and beautiful landscapes. What is unique to this location is the option to have a community garden. During the open enrollment period, which runs from July 1st to August 30th this year, you can grow your own seasonal vegetables on one of the 25 garden plots available. What started in the fall of 1970 with faculty members and a group of students at Orange State College as an arboretum has grown to be a community embracing the botanical garden in the city.

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Sherman Library & Gardens
2647 E. Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 673-2264

The 2.2 acre horticulture retreat in Corona del Mar offers a delightful display of living plants. The seasonal flowers and tile fountains prove to also be a great location for private events. The plant life ranges from desert regions to exotic vegetation from tropical regions. The tranquil environment is a great place to experience plant life from various parts of the world.

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Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N College Ave
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 625-8767

Dedicated to the native plants of California, this botanic garden is an environmental conservation, and is one of the largest botanic gardens that is dedicated to California native plants. Privately funded by a Claremont non-profit that provides a living museum and learning center, there are times of the year that free days are offered including the Spring Open House, Mother’s Day, National Public Gardens Day, California Admission Day, Fall Planting Festival, Veterans Day and Green Friday.

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Coastkeeper Garden
8045 E. Chapman
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 850-1965

Adjacent to the Santiago Canyon College is the 2.5 acre Coastkeeper Garden which is unique, sustainable and has about six southern California native habitats as well as drought-tolerant plants. The SmartScape Program Coastkeeper is a program available to local homeowners to provide landscaping  contractors to transition to plants that are less reliant to water.Related: Best Botanical Gardens In Orange County

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The Flower Fields At Carlsbad Ranch
5704 Paseo Del Norte
Carlsbad, CA ST 00000
(760) 431-0352

With 50 acres of flower incredibly colored flower fields, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch brings hordes of people from all over Southern California to see the blossoms. The best season to see these fields in full bloom would be in spring when the fields open up for the season for the public to enjoy. Although the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are closed for the season now (it is open from March 1st thru Mother’s Day), the extraordinary colors and hillsides of blooming flowers overlooking the pacific ocean is a sight that is unique for this region.Related:  Orange County’s Best Nurseries For Spring Gardening

By Elle Toussi