Forrest E. Deaner encouraged and assisted in organizing a local botanical garden of plants in California. It is located not far from the old town of Benicia and offers scenery from the the Carquinez Strait,, the San Joaquin River and Sacramento. There are butterfly and hummingbird gardens, Riparis Garden, Housing/Community Garden, Native American Garden, Wild Flower Meadow, as well as a selection of oaks and additional indigenous trees.
The garden is considered one of the thirteen top collections of local plants in California.
Forrest Deaner Native Botanical Garden was established in 2000 by Forrest E. Deaner, a retired reporter and lover of California Native plants. He focuses on local plants of California. The garden is located in a fascinating little city in the old part of Benicia, California, where the ancient Catholic Church still stands. The garden has a picturesque panorama of the the Carquinez Strait, where two large rivers in Northern California (the San Joaquin River and the Sacramento River) flow into the Pacific Ocean. The garden is 100% served by a voluntary service.