MONTEREY BAY BOTANICAL GARDEN         ---    The Premier Botanical Garden in Northern California

Look to this page for continuing updates on the progress of the premier botanical garden currently under conceptual and site development.

For links to Famous Botanical Gardens around the globe, scroll to the bottom of this page.

This website is a provisional website during the initial development of the project.  Soon, this first site will be archived, and a more expansive site will be developed to accommodate the growing need of the project's development.  It is projected that there will be at least three interim websites before the gardens are opened to the public.  Following the Grand Opening, an operations website will be developed for the  Visitors to the gardens to access, and these developmental websites will be archived.  But don't worry, the links given below will be retained on all the websites we develop, though they may be split into separate categories and found on various different pages of the operational website.  The links are provided to give the visitors to this website an idea of the extensive contacts that are being developed by the managers of this project.  Simply click on the link to take you to that web page.















CONIFER REPRODUCTION 1 (and Links to 2-6 in series)



Link to Other VIdeos in Series

PLANT VIDEOS and Links to Plant Families

Flower Auction Holland (FloraHolland) 12 Billion Annual Plant Transactions

Kenya Flower Council

California Cut Flower Industry

Michigan Wheat Harvest

The Rose Garden - Werribee Mansion

Japanese Garden

Blueberry Plant Production

Ultimate Summer Fruits Collection

Feast of Dates

Hilo Farmer's Market

Huntington Botanical Garden

God's Pharmacy

Peninsula Orchid Show

Santa Cruz Orchid Show

Growing Canadian Indoor Orchids In Snowy Weather

Making a Humidity Tray

Shipping Orchids


Most Beautiful Flowers Bloom

Growing Beans


World's Oldest Flower


Link to Botanical Society of America  (BSA)

Link to American Journal of Botany

Link to American Bryological and Lichenological Society  (ABLS)

Link to American Society of Plant Taxonomists  (ASPT)

Link to International Association for Plant Taxonomy  (IAPT)

Link to the Canadian Botanical Association

Link to the American Horticultural Society  (AHS)

Link to The American Fern Society  (AFS)

Link to the American Orchid Society (AOS)

Link to the International Palm Society   (IPS)

Link to the Bromeliad Society International

Link to the Heliconia Society International (HSI)

Link to the American Rose Society

Link to the American Begonia Society

Link to the American Camellia Society  (ACS)

Link to the American Dahlia Society  (ADS)

Link to the American Daffodil Society  (ADS)

Link to the American Gourd Society  (AGS)

Link to the American Hibiscus Society

Link to the American Hosta Society  (AHS)

Link to the American Iris Society  (AIS)

Link to the American Rhododendron Society  (ARS)

Link to the Society of American Florists  (SAF)

Link to the American Conifer Society  (ACS)

Link to the American Pomological Society (APS)

Link to the American Society for Enology and Viticulture  (ASEV)

Link to the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)

Link to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Link to the American Phytological Society (APS)

Link to the Plant Encyclopedia

Plant Reproduction by Discovery Channel


Link to July 7-11, 2012 Botany Conference

Link to July 27-31 Botany Conference in Tucson,  Arizona




Samplings of Botanical Wonders to be found in the botanical garden:


Attribution:  Alvesgaspar of Wikipedia Commons



Monterey Bay Botanical Garden is privately owned, and supports non-profit organizations that further its mission.  It is being designed as a premier scientific botanical garden linked to botanical gardens, universities and colleges, and other scientific institutes around the globe.  Because of the extreme beauty of having publicly displayed botanical specimens, it is also being designed as a commercial enterprise tourist attraction.  Monies derived from the commercial operation will support the scientific endeavors.  Part of the commercial side will be to support the extensive agricultural community of the Monterey Bay area.  The Visitor Orientation Center will have a large arena for showcasing the abundance of the Monterey Bay Area.  The community teems with vineyards, orchards, and vegetable crops, flower nurseries, etc. and the Salinas Valley is often referred to as the "Salad Bowl of the World".  Extensive vineyard operations now make Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties superior to the wine-tasting tours offered by Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.  

The Visitor Orientation Center will serve as a premier advertising location for selected vintners, fruit-nut-berry-produce growers, flower nurseries, and others in the agricultural industry.  Outdoors will showcase displays of how the region's crops are grown, at various stages of growth.  The anticipated visitor flow will be comparable to that through the Monterey Bay Aquarium sited on the Monterey Peninsula - approximately 2,000,000 Visitors per year.  While the focus of the botanical garden will be on science, and in particular on botany, there will be extensive opportunity for growers to showcase the application of botany to human experience.  A fruit smoothie made from local strawberries, blackberries or raspberries will certainly bring visitors flocking to sample the local produce.  The wine tasting room will be on par with the finest wine-tasting rooms of California.  The aroma of chocolate will waft from the chocolate bar.  And the Garden of Eating (TM) will serve the finest sandwiches, salads and other delicacies to our esteemed visitors.

In addition, the Visitor Orientation Center will double as a cultural venue for the Monterey Bay Area.  Evening concerts, Weddings, Business Meetings, and other social events will be hosted at the facility, not only garnering additional revenue but also providing a wonderful forum for the performing arts, etc..  

The tropical 'glass'-house, adjacent to the Visitor Orientation Center, will be home to a huge variety of flowering tropical plants.  OrchidsBromeliadsHeliconiasand other exotic tropical plants will bloom in abundance.  Epiphytic plants will grow as they do in the wild - on the trunks and branches of trees - not in pots as grown by the commercial orchid and bromeliad nurseries.

Outreach to the local community will be of paramount importance.  Interfacing with existing environmental organizations such as Return of the NativesCarmel River Steelhead AssociationSierra Club, etc. will be an ongoing activity, and we expect to provide strong support to those organizations.

Charter Memberships will commence in the near future.  We anticipate approximately 300,000 Charter Memberships from the residents of the Monterey Bay communities.  This compares with the approximately 107,000 Charter Memberships drawn from the smaller Monterey Peninsula community during the offering by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 1984.

We do not anticipate developing a ride-based theme park like the nearby Santa Cruz Boardwalk, though we will offer the tourists and locals alike who are visiting in Santa Cruz to drive a few miles south to soak in the beauty and experience of our botanical world.  Similarly, we do not anticipate developing a golf course, as there are extensive courses on the nearby Monterey Peninsula such as Pebble Beach, etc.  Instead, we will invite those visitors and tourists to the Monterey Peninsula to drive a few miles north to experience our exotic collection of tropical plants, wonderful color gardens, and fantastic food venues.

Since the Monterey Bay area (Monterey Peninsula, Salinas, Watsonville, Santa Cruz) itself has a tremendous visitor flow of approximately 13,000,000 Visitors annually, based on Visitor Statistics kept for the region, we expect to capture only about 15% of that total Visitor Flow.  However, we might be surprised by a substantially larger amount.


  • Q: Where is the botanical garden located?  A: The precise location will not be disclosed until after the land acquisition has been finalized.  However, it will be close to the Monterey Bay, between Seaside in the South and Soquel in the North.

  • Q: How large is the garden?   A:   The exact acreage will not be disclosed until after the land acquisition has been finalized.  However, it will be somewhere between 100 to 200 acres.

  • Q: If I want to participate in the garden project, as a vendor or otherwise, how do I get involved? A:  Go to the Contact Us page and send an email.

  • Q: When will the garden open to the public? A: The exact date has not yet been established.  The actual construction of the garden will take an anticipated 2-3 years, making a tentative opening date in late 2015.  Some pre-opening touring might become available.

  • Q: How much will admission cost? A:  The exact pricing has not yet been determined, but a daily admission rate will be kept low, somewhere around $15/adult;   Annual passes and Lifetime passes will also be available (as well as Charter Memberships).

  • Q: When will the garden be completed? A:  Never.  It will be an ongoing project in perpetuity.  Constant plant additions to the garden will be sought, and various areas of the garden will mature and constantly need replacement of plants.  However, most of the Main Garden will have been planted out within about 20 years after opening.  Many of the trees will not be fully mature for centuries (such as Giant sequoia), so the garden will be constantly improving with age.

  • Q: How many species of plants will be in the garden: After twenty years of development we anticipate  being the largest botanical garden west of the Mississippi.  Upon opening to the general public, we anticipate more than 5,000 species, making it one of the largest botanical gardens in California.

  • Q: How much time should a visitor anticipate spending to see the botanical garden.  To see everything, in all seasonal phases, of course would take one full year.  To get a quick view of the beauty, for an average tourist family, we would recommend a minimum of two hours, and preferably half a day. The younger children (ages 5-12) might get bored after only 1/2 hour (short attention-span; as most parents know), and we will have playground opportunities, 'day-care' with gardening instruction, and other activities to keep them involved while their parents enjoy the main garden.  To include a nice lunch with wine-tasting one should include an extra hour.  A seasoned botanical garden visitor would require several days to visit all 5,000 species.

  • Q: What kind of education or research will be conducted? A:   It is expected that student groups from local nearby schools will make this part of their extracurricular activity.  Affiliation with nearby Universities will allow for the botanical garden to be used as part of their research facilities.  Expected research will be in the areas of horticultural techniques, plant phylogeny, and agricultural techniques, and conservation.  It is expected that research expeditions to remote regions of the globe will be funded for discovering plants not yet known to Western society.  It will be the goal of the botanical garden that no visitor (student, tourist or otherwise) will leave empty-handed, but will take home at least seeds, if not matured plants, to plant in their own gardens.

  • Q: What phylogeny system will be used for plant classification?  A:  The botanical garden will use the most recent advances in phylogeny to-date, based on DNA studies and morphology, as adopted by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group III (2009).

  • Q:   Will you have tropical plants?  A large Crystal Palace is planned to house the tropical collection.  Tropical plants for indoor usage will also be available at the Gift Shop nursery.

  • Q: How does the Memorial Garden work?  Persons who wish to remember a loved one with a memorial plant will make a small donation.  The plant of choice will enter into the garden, either as a landscape plant or as part of the Main Garden.  A computer database of all such memorials will be maintained, giving a brief biographical sketch of the loved-one, as well as information on the planting (US gps or Russian glonass location systems, or both; should the European Galileo or Chinese Compass systems become available, they will be added as well for multiple redundancy; the  family-genus-species, etc.).  Memorial plaques will also be available.  Any species will be available, but certain landscape species are favored (typically California native species).

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If you have a question you would like to see included in the above, please email us via the Contact Us page.



  • Monterey Bay Chambers of Commerce
Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce

Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce:

Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce

Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Monterey Bay Government Links
Monterey County Board of Supervisors

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors

  • Visitors and Conventions Bureaus
See Monterey - Monterey County Conventions and Visitors Bureau

Pacific Grove

Santa Cruz County - Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council

Salinas Valley Tourism and Visitors Bureau

  • Other Visitor Attraction Links
Visitor Attractions in Monterey County - Wikipedia

Monterey Wikitravel

City of Monterey

Monterey Bay Travel Guide

Monterey Bay Visitors Guide

Monterey Bay Visitor Center

Monterey County Attractions

Monterey County Attractions - 2

Monterey Wine Country Events

  • Nearby Popular Hiking and Outdoor Activity Locations
Pinnacles National Monument
Salinas River
Los Padres National Forest
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Andrew Molera State Park
Marina State Beach
Fort Ord Dunes State Park
Elkhorn Slough
Lake El Estero

  • Beaches - Approximately 35
Monterey County Beaches

Santa Cruz County Beaches

Big Sur River Mouth Beach

Sandy Beach

Jade Cove Beach

Andrew Molera State Beach

Point Sur State Beach

Carmel Beach

Carmel River Mouth State Beach

Pebble Beach

McAbee Beach

San Carlos Beach

Del Monte Beach

Asilomar State Beach

Monterey State Beach

Seaside Beach

Marina Beach

Moss Landing State Beach

Sunset Beach

Manresa Beach

La Selva Beach

Santa Cruz Main Beach

Seacliff Beach

Capitola Beach

Steamer Lane Beach

Seascape Beach

  • Golf Courses - Approximately 40
Monterey Peninsula Golf Courses

Monterey County Golf Courses

Santa Cruz County Golf Courses

  • Resorts, Hotels and Other Accomodations

Embassy Suites Monterey

Pebble Beach Resort

Hilton Garden Inn

Monterey Hyatt Regency

Best Western

Good Nite Inn

Santa Cruz - Monterey Bay KOA

  • Monterey Bay Tourist Attractions and Parks
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Founded 1984

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Founded 1907

Big Sur State Park
Established 1933

Point Sur State Historic Park and Lighthouse

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Established 1933


Pebble Beach Resorts

California Missions in Monterey Bay

Fisherman's Wharf
Expanded 1923

Dennis-the-Menace Park and El Estero Park Complex

California Rodeo Salinas

National Steinbeck Center

Cannery Row


Roaring Camp Railroad

Laguna Seca Raceway
Laguna Seca Raceway - Wikipedia

Pinnacles National Monument

  • Monterey Bay Educational Facilities
York School

Santa Catalina

Robert Louis Stevenson

Sacred Heart


Hartnell Junior College

Monterey Peninsula College (MPC)

California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB)

University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Monterey County Office of Education

Santa Cruz County Office of Education

  • Monterey Bay Agribusinesses and Other Important Businesses
The Chatterbaux Shoppe

Kasavan Architects

Wallace Memorial

Quintero Real Estate
(no website presently)

Pulford Insurance Agency

Golden State Bulb Growers

Ernst Benary of America

Fresh Express by Chiquita

Dole Fresh Vegetables

Higashi Farms - Salinas
(no website presently)

Andrew Smith Company
(no website presently)

Merrill Farms

Eckhart Seed

NewStar Fresh Foods

Tanimura and Antle

D'Arrigo Brothers

Arrow Lettuce
(no website presently)

Boggiatto Produce

Central Valley Seeds

Coastal Seeds

Taylor Farms

Ocean Mist Farms

Driscoll's Berries

American Takii

Shamrock Seed

Color Spot Nursery

Rocket Farms

Plant Sciences

Matsui Nursery

Morgan Winery

Hahn Winery

Boekenoogen Winery

Manzoni Winery

McIntyre Vineyards

Paraiso Vineyards

Pessagno Winery

Scheid Vineyards

Sycamore Cellars

Talbott Vineyards

Ventana Vineyards


Chateau Julien

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UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
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New York Botanical Garden
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Berlin Botanical Garden
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Buenos Aires Botanical Garden
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Huntington Botanical Gardens
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Butchart Gardens
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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Jardin Botanique Montreal
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Fairchild Tropical Garden
Wikipedia Article
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Pretoria National Botanical Garden
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Australian National Botanical Garden
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Beijing  Botanical Garden
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Chicago Botanic Garden
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Waimea Botanical Garden
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World Botanical Gardens (WBGI)
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Umauma Experience (originally part of WBGI)
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