For plant lovers the Pacific Coast Highway is the road to some of the best gardens in the United States. The variety ranges from the lush gardens of the Pacific North-West to the desert blooms of southern California.
Here's a list of gardens along the west coast of the USA, which are on or near the Pacific Coast Highway. The worst driving diversions you'll have to make will be to navigate cities like San Diego and Los Angeles, to get to spectacular gardens like Balboa Park in San Diego or the stunning Huntington in San Marino, in north-east Los Angeles. Both are well worth the diversion.
No practical information on opening hours and prices is given here, because hours can change with the seasons and all the gardens listed have websites. Click on the link to visit the website and get driving directions and learn if there are any special garden events while you're in the area. The Pacific Coast gardens are listed alphabetically within each State: Washington, Oregon and California.
The Bloedel Reserve
Bellevue Botanical Garden
Virginia Robinson Gardens
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Corona Del Mar
Sherman Library and Gardens
The Harland Hand Memorial Garden
Quail Botanical Gardens
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
The Fullerton Arboretum
La Cañada Flintridge
Hortense Miller Garden
Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
Morcom Rose Garden
Palos Verdes Peninsula
South Coast Botanic Garden
Hearst Castle Gardens
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
The Ruth Bancroft Garden
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