You Don’t Have to Get Your Hands Dirty at These Central Coast Gardens
You may not have a green thumb, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune to the beauty of flora and fauna. All flower-lovers and flower-admirers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in color and nature at these popular Central Coast gardens.
San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
For the ultimate in garden wonders, the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is a sanctuary for those who crave some peace and a sensory explosion for those who are seeking a colorful day with a heavenly aroma. A non-profit organization, the SLO Botanical Garden is located across from Cuesta College and free and open to the public. Garden tours, monthly talks, and summer camps are just some of the perks at this destination. You can also find a children’s garden that combines plant education and interactive fun. The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is an ecotourism experience for the entire family.
The Hearst Castle
“Things to do in San Luis Obispo” is often followed by “visit Hearst Castle.” The one-time home of William Randolph Hearst, this expansive hilltop mansion is not only where you will find an immense art collection and a stunning degree of architecture, but it is also home to 127 acres of terraced gardens, fountains, and pools. Every guided tour of Hearst Castle concludes with an opportunity to roam and explore the expansive garden grounds that surround The Enchanted Hill, filled with native plants, lush foliage, and rare flowers, many of which have been flourishing there for generations.
Dallidet Adobe & Gardens
A designated California Historical Landmark, the Dallidet Adobe & Gardens in San Luis Obispo are open March through October with special tours available any time of year if scheduled in advance. Boasting a rich family history, the Dallidet Adobe & Gardens provide an opportunity to step back in time and learn about the Dallidet family and what served as their family home for over a century. The lush Mediterranean gardens on the property were planted by the Dallidets and are maintained by the Garden Stewards. This establishment is especially interested in teaching the young, so if you’re seeking a family-friendly outing, this destination offers history, beauty, and bonding all wrapped into one.
Central Coast Beauty
Gardens are not hard to come by on the temperate and luscious Central Coast. A relaxing drive down the California Highway 1 Discovery Route will put you in touch with nature from point A to point Z. From gardens to ranches to wineries, Pismo Beach and its neighbors are home to a host of natural wonders and beauty. And if you don’t feel like trekking very far to soak up Mother Nature’s wonders, just enjoy the view from your private balcony, or patio, at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel or mosey on down to the beach for sunset on the sand.