Wondering why the South Coast Botanic Garden is called the "Jewel of the Peninsula"?
Once you step inside the gates, you won't even need to ask. The 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden is home to more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean, and southern Africa.
About 100 trees and shrubs are rare mature specimens that are infrequently seen elsewhere. Popular features within the garden include include a small lake, Mediterranean garden, rose garden, water-wise garden, cactus garden, children's garden, fuchsia and dahlia gardens, herb garden, and Japanese garden.
But if you keep exploring beyond the carefully-tended gardens you'll find more acres of natural wilderness, perfect for a day hike. On…