Are you looking for a unique outing that will please the entire family? Southern California boasts an impressive number of botanical gardens, vineyards, and farms, sure to please just about anyone. These 8 Southern California Visits are by no means an exhaustive list, but should provide you with some fun ideas for day trips around the Temecula area.
Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens. This popular destination, located in Fallbrook, offers quiet reflective gardens, plants for sale, an on-site store, and even catered lunches. The kids will enjoy feeding the goats, and adults might appreciate the nearby vineyards and wine tastings. Their newly expanded fairy garden workshop is sure to please adults and kids alike.
Alta Vista Gardens. Located in Vista, the mission of Alta Vista Gardens is to “bring together people, nature, and art”. The botanical gardens are punctuated with works of art, and classes are offered on an ongoing basis. Fish and turtles will delight young children, and everyone will enjoy the serene atmosphere. Pack a picnic and plan to stay for a while!
Rose Haven Heritage Garden. Located in Temecula, the Rose Haven Heritage Garden serves as a showcase for a number of rose varieties. Meander the quiet garden paths, and breathe in the aroma of rose blooms. Check their schedule for children’s programs before you go. Be sure to check out the Tree of Life edible garden that McCabe’s installed years ago!
Finch Frolic Garden Permaculture. Head down to Fallbrook to tour this two-acre space that has been lushly planted with a variety of food crops. Learn all about permaculture, and how to promote a sustainable, self-sufficient ecosystem in your own backyard.
Kenny’s Strawberry Farm. Also located in Fallbrook, this pick-your-own strawberry farm makes a great educational experience for kids and adults alike. Fill a basket with strawberries fresh from the field, guaranteed to be the best you’ve ever tasted!
Niguel Botanical Preserve. Tucked away in Laguna Niguel is an 18-acre nature preserve packed with plants from all over the world. Plan to spend several hours walking the trails, enjoying exotic species of flora.
Lavender Hill Pumpkins. Head back to Fallbrook in autumn, and visit this unique pumpkin patch. Lavender Hill specializes in a variety of pumpkins and gourds in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Grab a few for jack-o-lantern carving, stock up to make your own pies, soups, and breads, or simply grab a variety of different specimens to decorate your front porch.
Wrigley Botanical Gardens. If you’re up for a ferry ride, head over to Santa Catalina Island. There’s plenty to do, including the Wrigley Botanical Gardens, which many have said to be a unique experience due to the variety of indigenous plants. The gardens also serve as the gateway to the popular Garden to Sky trail, which boasts an impressive view.
Of course, we’re always happy to visit with you at our nursery. Stop by anytime, and we can offer expert growing advice and help you choose plants to create your own backyard escape.