Library Grounds
Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace
Yorba Linda, CA

Library Grounds

The Outside Area

Posted January 2024

Reflecting Pool Walkway

Reflecting Pool Walkway

Weathervane Dove of Peace
Replica Dove of Peace Weather vane
The weather vane was built in Philadelphia by Joseph Rakestraw, in 1787 at General George Washington's request. After nine long years of war, General Washington wanted the weather vane to crown Mt. Vernon's cupola. He determined that the Dove of Peace design should have an olive branch in its beak. This is a replica of that weather vane.

Weathervane Dove of Peace

Nixon Environment Legacy
Walking in the footsteps of a Boy... and a President
The Nixon Environmental Legacy

As a boy, Richard Nixon played on and explored this very land right here. President Nixon transformed America's commitment to preserving and protecting America's natural environment.

Take a moment to consider how you can expand President Nixon's landmark efforts to achieve the "goal of clean air, clean water, and open spaces for the future generations of America."

  • The President and First Lady relaxing together in San Clemente, California.
    Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (WHPO 5488-33)

The President and the Planet: The Environmental Legacy of Richard Nixon
Dedicated December 2, 2020
by the Richard Nixon Foundation to permanently commemorate the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency on its 50th Anniversary

With thanks to the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation for its financial support of this exhibition.

With thanks to our exhibit partners:
The National Archives and Records Administration
The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Docent Guild

Design and Construction:
Bob Bostock, Cliff Cramp, Trevor O'Tool, Ron Pekar, Kevin Staniec

Nixon San Clemente

Plant Wooly Lamb's Ear
Wooly Lamb's Ear
Wooly Hedgenette
  • This plant is easy to grow, and even more fun to touch
  • This is a perennial herb
  • Lamb's Ear is covered with silky, smooth hairs, like that of an adorable baby lamb
  • It makes a handsome border to any walkway or flower bed
  • It likes hot and dry conditions, but with some partial shade

This plant was an original Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace plant in 1990, when the library opened.

Cliff Cramp Legacy of Parks
The Legacy of Parks
The Nixon's loved the great outdoors. Their many happy memories of time spent enjoying nature inspired the creation of the Legacy of Parks program, an innovative initiative that converted closed federal lands to public use. More than 80,000 acres were transformed into 642 new parks across the United Stats for the public to enjoy.

First Lady Pat Nixon traveled the country to promote this program, the most ambitious put forward by any president to create beautiful new parks for the American people.

Artwork by Cliff Cramp

White House Rose Garden Gazebo
White House Rose Garden Gazebo
On June 12, 1971 Tricia Nixon and Edward Finch Cox were married in the White House Rose Garden. This gazebo was made especially for the ceremony by the National Park Service.

Tricia Nixon Gazebo

Pat Nixon Amphitheater
The Pat Nixon Amphitheater
A gift of Bob and Delores Hope

The Pat Nixon Amphitheater

Amphitheater Birthplace
That home in the background is where Richard Nixon was born

Amphitheater Birthplace

Amphitheater East Room
East Room Replica in the Background

Yorba Linda Marker
City of Yorba Linda
Incorporated 1967

Birthplace of Richard Nixon
37th President of the United States

The land on which this institution stands was purchased by the City of Yorba Linda on behalf of the people of this city, and donated to the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace Foundation.

This Gift is in proud recognition that Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States, was born in Yorba Linda on January 9, 1913.

Let this Library and Birthplace stand as a shining example to the youth of this nation that one may come from humble beginnings and aspire to the Presidency of the United States.

Yorba Linda Marker

Meyer Lemon Tree
Meyer Lemon Tree
Dedicated June 16, 2012 in thanks to Marjorie P. Acker for her years of service to Richard Nixon

Nixon California Native Son
Richard Nixon - a California Native Son
Richard M. Nixon, the only native Californian elected to the Presidency of the United States of America, strongly believed in serving his community. His membership in the Native Sons of the Golden West reflected a lifelong devotion to public service that began as a young and innovative Congressman who became the President that changed the world.

"A man who has never lost himself in a cause bigger than himself has missed one of life's mountaintop experiences"

Dedicated on May 31, 2010
Native Sons of the Golden West

Nixon Library Benches

Nixon Wildlife Habitat
National Wildlife Federation
Certified Wildlife Habitat
This property is recognized for its commitment to sustainably provide essential elements of wildlife habitat: food, water, cover and places to raise young

Nixon Library Sundial
  • Just Past Noon

Nixon Library Sundial

Andrew Jackson Magnolia Tree

Andrew Jackson Magnolia Tree
The Andrew Jackson Magnolia Tree
This tree is from a cutting that Pat Nixon brought from the White House Magnolia tree. It was planted at the Western White House in San Clemente, then brought to the Nixon Library, when the gardens were established. It had to be moved with the building of the East Room. [] After several years, we now have this beautiful tree standing proud

Andrew Jackson Magnolia Tree

Andrew Jackson Magnolia Tree

Nixon Library Garden Walkway