Across the river from the Turtle Bay Museum is the McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Extending over 200 acres along the Sacramento River Trail, like all of the Turtle Bay campus, natural harmony and sustainability are keynotes. You will only find plant species that are native to one of five Mediterranean climate zones: the Mediterranean Basin, South Africa, Chile, southern and western Australia, and California west of the Sierra Nevada. These plants are impressively hardy — drought tolerant and adaptable to cool, wet winters — but also beautiful and unusual.
Check out the butterflies that flock to the nectar feeders and fragrant plants in the butterfly garden, and over in the children’s garden you’ll find a fun, interactive water feature that’s perfect for cooling off on hot summer days.
Elsewhere, paved trails flow through oak savannas, riparian habitats and flowering gardens, with exceptional beauty at every turn. Set in the middle of the Sacramento Valley, you can experience nature just as it was 300 years ago. Stroll along the Sacramento River or visit a pond that is home to beavers, otters, muskrats and turtles. The trails are easy and accessible to everyone.