Exciting developments are underway at the Great Park in Irvine, California, as plans for the much-anticipated Botanical Garden take shape.

Over the past six months, significant progress has been made, marking a crucial step forward in realizing this ambitious project. With concept designs finalized and demolition of old infrastructure already in motion, the Great Park Botanical Garden is steadily moving from vision to reality.

The landscape architects and planners at SWA have completed the concept design plan for the Botanical Garden, outlining a captivating vision that will enchant visitors and serve as a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts of all ages. As part of the broader Great Park Framework Plan, this endeavor represents a commitment to creating vibrant green spaces that enhance the community’s quality of life.

One of the most exciting aspects of the project is Phase 1 of the Botanical Garden, which spans 19.3 acres and features a diverse array of attractions. Among these are the enchanting Children’s Garden, the serene Celebration Garden, and the immersive Walk through the World Garden. Additionally, the inclusion of the California Arroyo and Botanical Garden Terrace promises to offer visitors a multifaceted experience that celebrates both local flora and global botanical diversity.

Great Park Children's Garden Concept - Phase 1

The transformation of the Botanical Garden site is well underway, with the demolition of old marine base structures paving the way for new growth. While this process is expected to continue through 2025, anticipation is building for the subsequent phases of construction. Infrastructure development is slated for 2026-2027, with Garden construction to follow, potentially culminating in the opening of Phase 1 in 2029.

Looking ahead, Phase 2 of the Botanical Garden will expand the site by an additional 18.4 acres, further enriching the visitor experience and solidifying the Garden’s status as a premier destination for exploration and relaxation.

Join us!

To celebrate these milestones and engage the community in the excitement surrounding the project, the City of Irvine is hosting a Great Park Open House on May 7 from 4 -7 pm. The event promises to be a dynamic showcase of the future Botanical Garden, with interactive exhibits, informational displays, and even a seed giveaway courtesy of the Great Park Garden Coalition.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the project, interact with representatives from the City of Irvine and other Great Park Partners, and envision the transformative impact the Botanical Garden will have on the region. Refreshments provided by the City of Irvine will ensure that guests can enjoy a delightful evening as they explore the possibilities of this green oasis in the heart of Orange County.

As we eagerly anticipate the unfolding of this botanical masterpiece, let us come together to celebrate the beauty of nature and the power of community. The Great Park Botanical Garden is poised to become a cherished landmark, a testament to our shared commitment to sustainability, conservation, and the enduring allure of the natural world. Join us on May 7 as we embark on this journey toward a greener, more vibrant future for all.

For more information and updates, visit the City of Irvine website or connect with the Great Park Garden Coalition. Together, let’s cultivate a brighter tomorrow, one bloom at a time.