Founded in 1927 by Susanna Bixby Bryant, a wealthy landowner and conservationist, the garden is a living museum and research center dedicated to the conservation of native-California plant species. You can meander here for hours enjoying the shade of an oak tree canopy or take a guided tour of the grounds, whose 86 acres of ponds and greenery shelter such specimens as California wild lilacs (ceanothus), big berry manzanita, and four-needled piñon. Countless birds also
make their homes here. Guided tram tours ($5) are offered the third Sunday of every month; seats are limited and tickets are first come, first served.