Plants - Cultivated

The Cultivated Collections contain historical and modern horticultural and agricultural varieties. Many are not commonly grown in Southern California. Cultivated Plants for Arid Regions

This collection displays a wide variety of perennials, ground covers, and low shrubs that were developed from plants that are adapted to hot, dry areas. These plants are recommended for water-wise gardens, slope stabilization, and erosion control. Many cultivated varieties of sages and other well-known plant families are found here. Several plants in this section are very fragrant and display colorful flowers throughout the year.

Deciduous Orchard

Walk through this garden and admire the spectacular blossoms in spring. The deciduous fruit trees loose their leaves during the winter months and start the season off in a blaze of color. Among some of the trees you’ll see are different cultivars of Almond, Peach, Apple, Nectarine, Plum, Apricot, Persimmon and Pomegranate. 

The Dry Palm Grove

The palms in this section are hardy species that can tolerate arid environments. Palms can exist in desert regions and grassland areas with low rainfall, however even the most drought-tolerant palms require available water to survive. Therefore these palms are almost always associated with an oasis—an area containing a spring or up­welling groundwater. A notable “dry” palm is the California Fan Palm (Washingtonia fil~fera), which is the only native palm in the United States west of the Rocky Mountains. Its close relative, Washingtonia robusta, is native to Mexico and is commonly used as an ornamental landscape plant.

Heritage House and Historical Gardens

Heritage House is an Eastlake Victorian cottage that was built by Fullerton physician Dr. George C. Clark in 1894, to serve as his home and office. The house, as well as the windmill, pumphouse, and outhouse from local ranches, are typical of local life at the time. Plantings around the house reflect ornamental varieties available at the turn of the century. The Kitchen Gardens behind the house include vegetables, herbs, and flowers grown locally during the period. Some are part of a medicinal collection based on notes found in Dr. Clark’s ledger.

Historical Orchard

This orchard contains orange, avocado, and walnut varieties that were economically important in the early development of Orange County agriculture. Valencia Orange specimens, developed from cuttings of the original Olinda tree, are found here. The Olinda tree was the basis for the citrus industry within Orange County. This collection includes avocado varieties grown in Orange County by the avocado industry.

Herb Garden

Lavenders, sages and other plants that have herbal and culinary uses are displayed here. Many varieties are quite fragrant and attractive as ornamental plants.

Rose Garden

The 20-year-old rose garden anchored by the Rose Gazebo was replanted in early 2000 with old-fashioned Heritage Roses - the newest variety was developed in 1936, the oldest before 1500. 

Rare Fruit Grove

This collection displays many subtropical fruits that are adaptable to the Southern California climate. Cherimoyas, kiwis, papayas, guavas, and other delicious varieties are a few of the specimens in this section.
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