Nature garden opens at Bommer Canyon

The city of Irvine and Irvine Ranch Conservancy have opened the new Bommer Canyon Nature Garden, where you can learn about native habitats, local plant life and Orange County’s ranching history.

“The new nature garden is all about the past, present and future of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks,” IRC interpretive activities manager Brian Hughes says. “IRC staff and volunteers worked closely with the city of Irvine to help create and maintain the nature garden, so visitors can learn about Bommer Canyon’s history and why the area was developed into a nature preserve.”

The nature garden, near the Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp, takes visitors on a journey through the history of The Irvine Ranch. Interpretive panels showcase ranching techniques and old cattle equipment, as well as native plants from local coastal sage scrub, riparian and grassland habitats.

Bommer Canyon is part of the largest urban open space network in America – the only land ever to receive both the California State and United States National Natural Landmark designation in recognition of its rare habitats and geology. And it is available for all residents to enjoy forever.

Leading up to the opening of the nature garden, volunteers dedicated months of their time to keep the area healthy by weeding, clearing trails, planting and tending to the garden plants.

“A big part of the success of the Bommer Canyon Nature Garden is the dedication from our IRC volunteers,” Hughes says.

The nature garden and the nearby nature loop trail are open from 7 a.m. to sunset every day.