Located strangely enough in Claremont, not Santa Ana, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is devoted solely to our Southern California native flora. It has more than 2,000 species of our local plants. See what would actually be growing here without watering before we arrived and started pouring asphalt and laying down PVC. Then go to the adjacent Grow Native Nursery. Buy it. Plant it. Save water. Save money. Save L.A. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden/Grow Native Nursery, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont; garden admission $8. (909) 625-8767. Nursery also at Constitution Avenue, just west of Davis Avenue, Wstwd. rsabg.org. —Jedd Birkner

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