Our garden, located behind the Ocean Institute’s main facilities,
features six communities of plants native to coastal Southern
California. This garden acts as a home and food source to small
animals while providing pollen to birds and insects alike.
Read more about the species and communities below.
The climate of the Channel Islands is moderated by wind moving
the cool, wet ocean air. These islands, like much of coastal
Southern California, have a Mediterranean ecosystem. Our
garden displays only a taste of what the Channel Islands have to
offer as the islands themselves are home to twelve distinct plant