Niguel Botanical Preserve

 One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

~ William Shakespeare

 

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Photo credit: Niguel Botanica Preserve dot Org

 

 

Photo by Traci Lehman Website: Walk Simply http://www.walksimply.com/niguel-botanical-preserve/

 

Tucked away off the beaten path of the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) and Crown Valley Parkway is 18 acres of  natural preserve. What started out as a vegetable garden in 1981 has kept volunteers busy for three decades upgrading the grounds to what it is today—a beautiful collection of walking trails past hundreds of species of plants. Seven days a week from sunrise to sunset you can enjoy the rose garden while taking in the view of Saddleback Mountain all free of charge. It’s a great place to pack a picnic and plan to spend an August afternoon. There are rattlesnakes in the area, so watch out for the signs posted warning of their presence.