Wildflowers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont

California Poppies - Wildflowers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont

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Do you have a favorite season? Spring is mine. I love the green, the colorful flowers and the weather that is warming up, but not too hot. This year has been especially nice in California with the super bloom of wildflowers blanketing the mountains and hillsides. I enjoy seeing the large patches of color. It’s also nice to get up close to the blooms.

Wildflowers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont

The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont was the perfect spot to enjoy a day outdoors and see a variety of native wildflowers.

The non-profit garden is privately funded. It’s open daily for people to wander on their own. They also have a variety of tours, classes, activities and special events throughout the year. Parking is free in a shady lot.

Wildflowers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont

The 86 acre garden is located in the foothills at the edge of Claremont. The walkways are clearly marked and in good condition. You’ll want to wear good walking shoes as you’ll get some exercise as you are exploring the different areas. Maps are available at the admission kiosk at the entrance.

Wildflowers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont

I was especially interested in the native wildflowers and spent most of my time on the Indian Hill Mesa. This flat area at the top of the hill is filled with a beautiful variety of flowers with yellow, red, lilac and orange blooms. I was happy that my visit was timed right to see plenty of California Poppies. It was great to see so many different flowers blooming in a compact area. They were lovely!

Wildflowers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont

It was bright and sunny the day I visited. Along the pathways are benches where visitors can relax in the shade and soak it all in. It’s made to be enjoyable for visitors of all ages and abilities.

Squirrel at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont

In addition to the native plants, I also came across some native wildlife. There were plenty of birds and butterflies enjoying the garden. The squirrels, lizards and bunnies were very relaxed and seemed to know how to pose for pictures.

Lizard at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont

Admission prices are very reasonable. The full price adult admission is just $9. Seniors, students and children pay less. If you live nearby, I’d recommend a membership so you can get perks and visit multiple times throughout the year.

Wildflowers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont

I had a great time wandering around the beautiful Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. It’s a great place to set aside your worries and recharge!

Wildflowers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N College Ave
Claremont, CA 91711

California Poppies - Wildflowers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont

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20 comments for “Wildflowers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont

  1. mrsshukra
    May 21, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    What a beautiful awe-inspiring post cover photo, thanks!

  2. vickie couturier
    May 22, 2017 at 3:05 am

    i love the colors,,how beautiful

  3. Joannie
    May 22, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Beautiful place to visit! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jeffrey
    May 22, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Great looking flowers. What’s the name of the red and the purple ones?

  5. May 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Very beautiful flowers

  6. May 24, 2017 at 4:29 am

    This is my kind of trip. I know the climate is different on the west coast and the flower varieties are too. The colors are spectacular and look so healthy. From a gardener’s perspective, they look disease free. A tour would be very educational

  7. Mary Mac
    May 24, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Great way to spend the day with family

  8. Marcia
    May 24, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    beautiful gardens. lovely way to spend a day.

  9. Kathy Pease
    May 25, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Wow what a gorgeous place to visit..I would be in heaven! :)

  10. Rachel Browning
    May 25, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Very pretty, I love the orange flowers, its one of my favorite colors

  11. Melissa Storms
    June 3, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Wish i lived closer, that looks like a wonderful place to spend a day.

  12. June 4, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Such gorgeous flowers!

  13. Bryan Vice
    June 4, 2017 at 9:07 am

    These flowers are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! i would love to go here and take my wife she would enjoy it

  14. Kimberly Singh
    June 5, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Gorgeous flowers! I would love to visit one day.

  15. Kristin C
    June 5, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    What beautiful flowers – looks like a great way to spend a day

  16. Jeffrey
    June 6, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Such nice flowers!

  17. Mia
    June 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Botanical gardens are some of my favorite places to visit.

  18. June 13, 2017 at 2:01 am

    I wish i had a green thumb. I dearly love flowers Daisy’s are my favorite.

  19. Calvin F.
    June 24, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    All the wonderful creatures and plants, great! 😀

  20. katklaw777
    June 26, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    I luv wildflowers especially the California Poppy…great pics!

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