Pikake Botanical Gardens
(6 acres) is a private botanical garden
located at 15515 Villa Sierra Road, Valley Center, California
. It is newly created, with the oldest gardens dating to 1999. Tours by appointment only.
The gardens were created for Clyde and Connie Childress by landscape designer Bryan Morse. Current gardens are as follows; long-term plans also include a greenhouse.
- Desert Garden (2000) - cactus, succulents, trees, and palms from arid regions of the world, including Madagascar, South Africa, California, and South America, loosely divided into areas of related genera and form.
- English Garden (2001) - over 200 species of perennials.
- Mediterranean Garden (1999) - citrus trees and other fruits, interspersed with herbs and geraniums, planted around an existing grove of mature olive trees.
- Pan-Asian Garden (2000) - a meditation garden with redwoods, moon gate, and boulders.
- Prayer Garden (2001) - white flowering plants, with life-size statue of a kneeling angel.
- Protea Garden - over 40 varieties of proteas.
- Rainforest and Tropical Fruit Garden (1999) - over 360 varieties of plants native to the tropical and temperate climates, with a pond and stream system. The collection includes bananas, guavas, mangoes, pineapples, cheremoya, atemoya, starfruit, sapotes, sugar canes, kiwis, sugar apple, tapioca, passion fruit, tree tomato, papaya, loquats, and numerous other forms of tropical fruit.
- Rose Garden (1999) - approximately 300 varieties of roses.