The purpose of the Niguel Botanical Preserve is to display garden-worthy plants appropriate to the Southern California region, collected from five areas of the world with similar Mediterranean climates. The Preserve is an 18.2-acre botanical garden situated above the amphitheater within Crown Valley Community Park in the City of Laguna Niguel.


Established in 1981 as a community vegetable garden, the Preserve represents the vision of local community leaders who dreamed of horticultural education and the enjoyment of future generations. It was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1984. Since then, development has been an ongoing volunteer project working together as Friends of the Preserve in tandem with the city of Laguna Niguel.


  • Mike Lindsey
  • Emogene Brown
  • Clifford Grant
  • Helen Obenland
  • Les Shaw

What People Say

“During my years being actively involved with the Preserve I have seen it grow literally and figuratively. Thousands of plants were planted, pathways constructed and Boy Scout and Girl Scout areas were developed. The Preserve is a real treasure in Laguna Niguel. I would like to acknowledge the City of Laguna Niguel for its generous support over the years and the many volunteers who made it all possible.”

Jerry McCloskey
Mayor of Laguna Niguel