This is a relatively small garden, located right on the Pacific Coast Highway in the middle of a busy popular tourist district of Orange County, California. One could easily drive by it without seeing it as it only takes up a single city block and is fronted by a large, concrete wall keeping one from noticing there is a large, beautiful garden behind it. But despite its small size, it is one of the most beautifully kept, managed and displayed botanical gardens I have ever seen, with a large variety of rare species and cultivars of many forms of plants, from tropicals, ferns, succulents and cacti, to fuschias and begonias. One could easily spend the better part of a day there just photographing the beautiful plants. It also has a nice restaraunt, bookstore and library on the grounds. The treasure (for me) of the entire place, however, is the perfectly manicured and organized succulent garden which is incredibly beautiful and full of rare and perfectly grown species of agave, aloe, cactus, mesemb, bromeliad, echeveria etc. It is definitely worth the $3 admission and drive.
On June 9th, 2012, palmbob added the following:
Here is a link to an article I wrote on this garden, so you can see photos of it as well: