Native Plants

This is the place to find information about the native plants of our region

53rd Annual Wildflower Show

Presented by the PG Museum of Natural History and the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society

Discover the extraordinary diversity of colors, scents, and sizes displayed by wildflowers collected from all over Monterey County. For over 50 years this annual Wildflower Show has been the largest in the northern and western hemispheres.

Friday-Sunday, April 18-20

10 am-5 pm each day

$5 donation requested at gallery door.

Native Plant Garden

The Museum's century-old Native Plant Garden has a new life with its newly updated landscape design. Created to be a living field guide to California’s Central Coast, this garden features three spaces that reflect the area’s important local ecosystems – coastal scrub, chaparral and oak woodland – as well as a butterfly garden and an ethnobotanical area featuring plants that local California Indians used for daily utility.

One of the garden’s crowning artistic touches is a “spirit nest” by Big Sur artist Jayson Fann. Built with the help from Pacific Grove Community High School Students, the interactive art piece of interwoven oak, plum, and willow boughs will accommodate four people at a time and offer a comforting respite from the world outside.

Beyond its modern aesthetic and educational value, the new Native Plant Garden is fulfilling a historic precedent: The 1900 by laws of the Pacific Grove Museum Association state that the "Museum will develop a garden of native flora, which together with the museum shall represent and preserve the life of the region.”

More than 100 years later, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is illuminating the progressive ideas of its founders by showcasing the Central Coast’s native beauty in this botanical garden of note.



The Museum's Collection includes an extensive herbarium developed largely by the Museum's Director Emeritus Vern Yadon. The Museum's herbarium is included in UC Berkeley's Jepson On-Line Interchange, California Florista.

Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Monthly Meetings

All are welcome to engaging and educational California native plant lectures during the Monterey Bay Chapter of the Native Plant Society free monthly meetings held at the Museum. These meetings are on the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm. Exceptions to this meeting schedule include April, July, August and December, when there is no meeting. See the monthly newsletter for the lecture topic. A wide selection of books is available for sale at each meeting

The Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is a member of a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California’s native plants. Our chapter covers Monterey and San Benito counties.

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