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California Botanic Garden, Claremont

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The California Botanic Garden (formerly the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden) is a botanical garden in Claremont, California, in the United States, just south of the San Gabriel foothills. The garden, at 86 acres (35 ha), is a non-profit organization dedicated to California native plants. The facility was open to the public with free admission for 58 years; in 2009 an admission fee was implemented.

The garden originated in 1927 when Susanna Bixby Bryant established a native garden on her rancho in Orange County. The garden relocated to Claremont in 1951. The garden now contains some 70,000 native Californian plants, representing 2,000 native species, hybrids and cultivars.

The garden has an active research department, specializing in systematic botany and floristics. The combined herbarium of the garden and neighboring Pomona College, transferred from the college in 1996, holds over 1,200,000 specimens. The journal Aliso is published by the organization semiannually. The garden offers graduate degrees in botany through Claremont Graduate University.

In 2019, the garden was renamed "California Botanic Garden" to better represent the contents of its collections.
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  • Visited on a Saturday evening at 6:30pm so cooler. Nice easy walk followed the map. Additional signage for plants would be helpful.  more »
  • CalBG is a wonderful respite from the urban setting of Los Angeles county. Close to San Bernardino county in Claremont. The Garden offers monthly community education events (online during Covid...  more »
  • I loved this place. It’s a hidden gem among the So Cal places to visit. It’s beautiful and very relaxing. Handicap parking and access makes everything so much easier. Definitely recommend you to visit.
  • This botanical garden is all California native plants. I recall first visiting in the mid-1990s, and how lush it has become! On Father's day, dad's entered for free, thank you for that! Lots of great things in bloom, the very large toyon were in flower as were columbine, bush sunflower, a big patch of CA poppies and more. The sun burned off the fog when we got to the butterfly enclosure, native to the area with their food plants, so they were active. For those disappointed that you need to pay to enjoy a botanical garden, please realize that maintenance, upkeep, staff payrolls, seed collection and propagation are not free! This garden has very low entrance fees as well. I'm happy to support gardens.

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