Shields Date Garden (started in 1924) in Indio features 17 acres of landscaped grounds showcasing date palms and many other fruit trees along with a pond spouting dual fountains. Many varieties of fresh dates and various date products can be purchased in their store.
The Self-Realization Fellowship Center in Encinitas (known locally as “Swamis”) has a meditation garden that is open to the public. This beautiful area boasts a multitude of trees, shrubs, and succulents along with several koi ponds including the one above. Benches are spread throughout, inviting one to sit quietly under a canopy of leaves or on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Links: Self-Realization Fellowship