Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you do not need to go to Laguna Niguel, California in order to obtain a surfboard that was made in Laguna Niguel, CA. If you have a credit card, you can go online and get a surfboard that was painted by Drew Brophy. You can also use the Internet to find and purchase a surfboard from the T. Patterson stock. You can even use a mouse to order one of the most popular longboards of all time, the "Weber Performer, which was designed by Dewey Weber.
All of those surfboards were designed by men from Laguna Niguel, CA. Their popularity underlines the love affair between the people of Laguna Niguel and the Pacific Ocean. Still, not all of the residents of Laguna Niguel, CA. focused their thoughts and actions on the incoming waves. Some of those residents devoted the bulk of their time to gardening. Later a few of those gardeners helped to design the Niguel Botanical Preserve.
This Preserve, started in 1981, contains all of the garden plants that locals consider to be "appropriate" to southern California. The gardeners who initiated the creation of the Preserve wanted to increase people's horticultural education. They set-aside 18 acres for growing plants, plants that those gardeners felt would contribute to the achievement of their goal.
Most of the plants in the Preserve came to Laguna Niguel, California from a specific and known region. Most of the plants have been grouped according to their region of origin. The Preserve contains one garden devoted to Australian plants, one garden dedicated to growing African plants, one garden full of South American plants, one garden that contains only Mediterranean plants, and a final garden where every plant sprouting from the soil is either a Californian or a Mexican plant. This great diversity of plant life exists within the Botanical Preserve in Laguna Niguel, CA.
Some of the gardens at the Preserve contain plants from more than one region of the Earth. The Mixed Region Display allows visitors to see unusual and flowering shrubs from around the world. The Palm Canyon garden contains far more than just the typical palms of Laguna Niguel, CA. The garden's shade comes from many different palms, palms that were gathered from spots all around the world.
The Preserve also has gardens that serve as an added tourist attraction. The Children's garden contains a maze and a fort. The Grass amphitheater, which is surrounded by gardens, provides a site for the holding of summer concerts.
It's doubtful that any one of those gardens ever entered the thoughts of Lewis Molten, the man who first established the Niguel Ranch. Long after the establishment of that ranch, long after the year 1890, Niguel Ranch took a new name, Laguna Niguel. The Ranch became first a village, and then a thriving community. Finally, in 1989 Laguna Niguel, CA. became Orange County's 29th city.
Today the industrious people of Laguna Niguel, CA make a significant contribution to the economy of both Orange County and the entire southern California region.