Featured in Westways, this “secret garden” was originally designed as a European medieval-style cloister garden and is a favorite destination on the Scripps campus. There are olive and orange trees and interior arcades, one of which is covered by an enormous wisteria vine. On one wall, you’ll find a fresco painted in 1946 by Mexican muralist Alfredo Ramos Martinez.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California native plants, displaying about 2,000 taxa of California plants spread across 86 acres, including plants native to the California Floristic Province as a whole – from southern Oregon to Baja California. In addition to being able to stroll the garden’s pretty pathways, visitors can walk among butterflies at the Butterfly Pavilion, May through August, and enjoy music and brews on select summer evenings.