April and May are the best times to experience California natives at the peak of their bloom. Take in bright blue wild lilac amidst a carpet of meadowfoam, iris, poppies and other amazing plants in the Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants. This garden is awash in color, buzzing with pollinators and awaiting your next visit. Join us in celebrating one of San Francisco Botanical Garden's most cherished gardens with this special feature, including art, resources, photos, events and more.
Aesculus californica | California Buckeye
Aristolochia californica | California Pipevine
Asarum Caudatum | Western Wild Ginger
Ceanothus | California Wild Lilac
Eschscholzia californica | California Poppy
Iris douglasiana | Douglas Iris
Sambucus racemosa | Red Elderberry
Sequoia sempervirens | Coast Redwood
Rhododendron occidentale | Western Azalea
Ribes spp. | Flowering Currant
Romneya coulteri | Matilija Poppy
Vaccinium ovatum | California Huckleberry
California Native Plants Highlights Walk– A map to help you tour and identify the highlights of our collection. The map corresponds to green identification signs throughout the Garden.
California Native Gardening– A Month-by-Month Guide
by Helen Popper ($29.95; members get 10% off)
Edible Gardening in California– Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs & Seeds
by Jennifer Beaver ($22.95; members get 10% off)
The New Sunset Garden Book– The Ultimate Gardening Guide
($34.95; members get 10% off)
The Native Wildflower Meadow at Its Peak!
Hortiphile | 3/4/10
The Native Garden on View from the Bay
Hortiphile | 4/30/10
The Best "Native" Palm for Bay Area Gardens
Hortiphile | 5/21/10
Three Native Beauties for Your Garden
Hortiphile | 3/25/10
Information on wild California plants for conservation, education and appreciation. Includes extensive search tool.
California Native Plant Society
CNPS works to protect California's native plant heritage and preserve it for future gnerations.
California Native Plant Wiki
An information resource created by the Theodore Payne Foundation to help you garden with California native plants.
About the Collection
With displays of over 500 taxa (species and cultivars), the four-acre Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants features arroyos, ponds and woodlands, and at its center, a wildflower meadow. This historic collection of plants is at its peak bloom now! April and May are the best times to visit and catch a glimpse of bright blue wild lilac amidst a carpet of meadowfoam, iris, poppies and other amazing California native plants.
Natural Habitat Garden magazine author Ken Druse wrote of the Arthur L. Menzies Garden, "Beyond a collection, it is perhaps the most beautifully planned and maintained public garden in the country dedicated to habitat-style planting."