If you go somehwere to see the wild plants that
grow there, are you engaging in botanical eco-tourism
or just going on a hike?
This application is intended to help you find places
where you can see wild native plants growing, near where
you live or where you are travelling.
Most of the places listed here allow public access,
but some do not, so please check carefully.
Change the search parameters, and you can also find
public gardens where native plants are growing in cultivation,
or native plant nurseries.
How to use the application
Run the application.
- Using the Google Map, move to a part of the state
you are interested in.
- Zoom in a few levels.
and the search panel appears.
- Press the SEARCH button in the search panel.
After a moment, a table of results appears in the lower part of the page.
- Each row of the table (and each
on the map) is the record of a place.
to view details.
- When the detail panel appears in the upper left,
to see plant names.
- To search for all records from a particular observer,
enter the observer's name in the search panel, and uncheck
In Map Area.
Places to view California Native Plants
covers native plant gardens and restoration sites as well as locations
where wild plants are growing.
Select Natural Status = planted in the search panel
to find gardens and restoration sites.
to see any photos associated with the record.
Press About this location
to see another webpage with more information about the location, if any.
to see all available information about the record.
Scrolling: The map is fixed in the upper right of the browser window.
When there is a large set of results showing on the page,
you can scroll through the results without loosing site of the map.
When you click on
to select a record, the selected record is highlighted on the map
and in the table of results.
If you get the page into an interesting state
(with respect to location, zoom level, search results, and selected record)
and would like to be able to return to it later,
Bookmark in the upper right.
This will set the URL (in the browser's
URL field) to a value that reflects the current state of the page,
so that you can bookmark it in the browser,
email it to someone else, or use the browser back button to
return to it.
Example Bookmark Links:
Tell us about problems: If you ever have a problem with the application,
or want to point out a data situation that does not look right,
please press the
Bookmark link, then copy the URL and
include it in your email.
Frequently asked questions
Places to view California Native Plants
show different points than
What Grows Here?
when they are both pointed at the same geographic area?
The Places application shows planted gardens,
WGH does not.
WGH shows points for some
very abstract, imprecise locations (such as quads,
sections, and some other very large areas).
Places only shows points
for specific locations.
Q: The application does not show my favorite public native garden.
A: There are many public gardens which have not yet been
added to the database. Sometimes it is challenging to find a
complete plant list for a public garden.
When you see an obvious omission, please
write to us about it --
or, sign up as a contributor, and add it yourself.
Q: In the search panel, when I set Access = public access
the application came up with 0 results. That can't be right.
A: The intention of this field is to be able to eliminate
locations on private land or restricted public land.
When you set Access = public access,
you are asking for locations known to be publically accessible.
For some locations in the database,
it is yet not known whether they are publically accessible or not.
Q: I know of a good spot for native plants that is publically accessible,
but it does not appear in the Places application.
Can I add it?
A: Once you have a list of plants for the location, adding it to the database
is easy. The process is described
If you don't have a list of plants for the location, you might check
to see if a botanist has made such a list, either by
looking on the internet or checking with your local CNPS chapter.
Q: Is it appropriate to add a commercial native plant nursery
to this application?
A: Yes. This application is intended to show people places
to go to see native plants, and some native nurseries
fit this bill exactly.
For people learning to identify plants,
it can be very useful to visit a nursery and see an established plant.
In the plant list, add those plants which are part of
the established landscaping --
in other words, plants that visitors will be sure to see
when they visit the nursery.
Where the data comes from
The idea for this application came from discussions
with Susan Schwartz in 2007-2008.
Many volunteers (most particularly Sandi Lord) have contributed their time and
ingenuity to finding, entering, and proofing the