San Diego Botanic Garden

California Gardenscapes

 

San Diego Botanic Garden’s California Gardenscape area is divided into several ecological zones similar to those topographical areas found in Southern California.

Gardener Chris Garcia, who recently redesigned and now maintains this area in San Diego Botanic Garden, describes the areas found within this unique garden scape; how he created and developed these unique areas; and provides some helpful tips for home gardeners desiring to replicate one or more of these spaces in their own yards:

Overall, the ecologic zones in California Gardenscapes create a deeper sense of place with landforms corresponding to specific plant communities. The series of gardens facilitates a cadence around the path circuit, encouraging guests to slow-down, stop often and take-in each landscape vignette. This invites guests to consider not only individual plants but an entire drought-tolerant native landscape redesign of their own yard. But perhaps the greatest result is what cannot be seen; the connection one feels as a part of the natural ecology when constructing and caring for a native garden, so that the distinction between “natural” and “garden-like” becomes quite inconsequential.

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Wildflower Meadow
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Montane Rock Garden
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Desert Garden
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Coastal Dune Garden
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Bioswale
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Woodland Garden
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Blue-Grey Garden
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Foothill Garden
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