As well as buildings, there are gardens; a Japanese garden, desert garden, Alcazar Garden, palm canyon, and the botanical building and lily pond. At a glance the botanical building, which dates from 1915, looks like a big domed Victorian glasshouse but there's not a pane of glass, as its a lath house. Being a mild climate, the protection of glass is not needed but shade is a must! It is well planted and tended and in particular there are some lovely orchids. Apparently in WW2, when the park buildings were used as a hospital, the lily pond was used as a swimming pool. I didn't visit the zoo on this occasion but that has a beautiful landscape
The desert garden is no rival for the amazing one at the Huntington but its nevertheless worth visiting and has some wonderful mature plants.
Throughout the park in general there is interesting planting and its always fascinating visiting a new area to see what new is flowering. In particular we loved the beautiful Jacaranda trees in full flower throughout the city. Amazingly they were virtually all intact and beautifully shaped unlike those in Palm Springs which are usually hacked to ugly shapes and rarely flower.