A couple of weekends ago we decided to take a little road trip to the Rancho Santa Ana Garden in Claremont, California.
This beautiful botanic garden is located right across the campus of Pomona College. The garden currently contains 70,00 Californian native plants.
The location of the garden is not too visible to the public, therefore, the garden is usually never too busy. Even on its busy days, the garden doesn’t seem busy because of how spacious it is.
This garden is one of the biggest botanic gardens you’ll see in Southern California. However, it is very hard to get lost among the plants. They have signs and maps everywhere which makes it so easy to enjoy the visit!
As we walked further into the garden, it felt as if we had traveled to the most beautiful places in southern California.
From the Joshua tree desert floors to the fields of wildflowers, this garden has every type of plant you can think of!
We went to this garden on a very strange weather day. So, instead of baby wearing we decided to take our stroller. Julio and I took the chance of our stroller getting dusty and dirty because we wanted JuJu to be warm and cosy. However, there is a minimal amount of pavement in this garden. Most of the trails located in this garden are dirt trails. Therefore, we wouldn’t really suggest taking a stroller!
One of my favorite areas in this garden is the Joshua trees section. It seriously felt as if we had traveled far into nature when in reality we were into the middle of the city of Claremont.
I also enjoyed gazing and running through the enormous section of wildflowers. I felt as if I was free to roam as I pleased.
A family photos was very much mandatory here because we wanted to remember how beautiful and peaceful it was to wonder around this botanical garden.
Also, is a botanical garden even a garden if it doesn’t have a pond?! I was so excited to see that this garden had a couple of ponds.
THINGS PARENTS SHOULD KNOW:
- This garden does not have a changing area in the bathrooms. Take a changing pad in your diaper bag.
- There is benches scattered all over the garden. (We found a secluded bench and used it to change JuJu.)
- Try to avoid taking a stroller. Baby wearing is the perfect alternative when visiting this garden.
- If your children get bored, there is a butterfly garden that they will fall in love with!
The rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden makes for the perfect weekday walk and the perfect Saturday morning adventure. We are so happy that we had the chance to enjoy every inch of this garden.