The Heaps Peak Arboretum Demonstration Gardens are a place to learn about which plants grow well in the San Bernardino Mountains between the elevations of approximately 4,000 feet and 6,000 feet. Not all of our plants are native to the San Bernardino Mountains, but they are native to California. The gardens contain over 30 species that are botanically identified with signs that list the genus, common name, botanical family name, and common family name. Visitors with smart phones can access QR codes that link to a video that tells about the plant.
Many local mountain residents come to the Arboretum to learn
about the plants that will do well in their gardens. You will find a
large variety of flora and naturally occurring wildflowers in the
spring and summer such as Penstamon, Buckwheat, Poppies, Sierra
Currant, Gooseberry, and Coffee Berry. Native herbaceous perennials
and introduced native plants can be found in the gardens.
especially enjoy investigating the animal footprint trail that goes
through the garden. Picnicking is permitted in the area adjacent to the gardens. Bear-proof trash cans are provided near the picnic tables and restrooms are nearby.
The gardens contain a variety of plants that grow well in the mountains. In addition, there are other plants that are found in the front of the Arboretum's entrance, including bushes that attract butterflies during the summer (buddleia), as well as wild rose bushes that produce rose hips in the fall.