Wonderland of Spring Flowers: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens in Claremont


Our trip to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens in Claremont came at the invitation of my friend Debi at GoExploreNature.com – although she doesn’t admit to being seen with us in her post about it.  We met up in the Claremont Village (Yale Street and surroundings) for a bite to eat and then headed off to the gardens to explore.  I thought this place would be little and it would take a couple hours.  Boy, was I wrong!  It’s massive (over 80 acres) and in three hours we only covered the first half, and not fully.

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Leave lots of time to explore this “wonderland” because it truly is a beautiful place to wander.

SO many flowers were blooming on our trip at the end of April. The colors were incredible.  There were fields of these Purple Irises:

Check out these coral bells!

The bugs were such a great scavenger hunt for the kids.  In fact, Debi’s son made up a scavenger hunt with check boxes based on the map.  Tooooo cute.  My daughter and him led the search.

You’ll see real butterflies, dragonflies, turtles, and birds.  Couldn’t believe I caught this little guy on my camera!

Finally, there are shaded paths with oaks and solitude.

You must go visit!



  1. says

    We had such a great time with you guys! Yet another gem of an outdoor play date. Love that photo of our kiddos. :-)