The Australian Garden is at the southwest portion of the Garden. Australia's coastal climate resembles Southern California weather, making native Australian plants such as Knifeleaf Acacia (slide 3) able to flourish here. Here at the Garden, you'll find a slice of Australia, with plants all the way from Perth to Brisbane. see more photos here
Butterflies need a constant, reliable and varied supply of food and shelter throughout their entire life cycle. Butterfly larvae need leaves and blossoms for food. Adult butterflies need nectar and a place to lay eggs. To provide this supply, a variety of plants with varied bloom periods have been planted in the garden. see more photos here
The hilltop landscape features cacti, succulents, desert trees and a panoramic view of the Conejo Valley. see more photos here
In addition to the collection of household, medicinal, kitchen and other useful herbs, there is a planting of “legendary herbs.” Included are visual and aromatic tea and mint herbs. This garden holds an extensive and unusual herb collection. see more photos here
Kids' Adventure Garden
The mission of the Kid's Adventure Garden is to establish a place that will encourage children of all ages to run and play and learn about science as they discover the beauty and wonder of nature. The garden features a tree house, zoo garden and much more. see more photos here
Rare Fruit Orchard
The Rare Fruit Orchard, installed by the California Rare Fruit Growers, exhibits 99 trees including 34 varieties from 19 countries in an attempt to demonstrate to the community the tremendous versatility of our Southern California growing environment which enables us to grow a huge variety of unusual temperate, subtropical and tropical edibles. see more photos here
Salvias in a variety of shapes and colors have an appealing fragrance and low water requirement. The native species can cover dry slopes, filling in rapidly once established. Many hybrids combine well in home landscapes.
The Trail of Trees was proposed in 2005 to replace invasive Brassicaceae, (mustard weed), on a 150 by 400- foot south slope in the garden. Garden volunteers, Boy Scouts and local groups groomed the area by pulling the mustard and spreading mulch. 50 varieties of trees are represented. 72 total trees have been planted. The trees show their various characteristics and perhaps might help the public in choosing trees for their own garden. Trees are available for dedication.
As the Garden continually expands our collections, we want to ensure that we build an accurate library of our plants. If you see a plant that isn't on this list, feel free to contact us and add it. Check out the full Tree Database here.