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Address: 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone Number: 831.427.2998
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Exotic Greenery

Treat yourself to a special garden experience that is as unique as it is green. Rolling hills and salty ocean air adds a misty mood to this docent led working garden on campus... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Treat yourself to a special garden experience that is as unique as it is green. Rolling hills and salty ocean air adds a misty mood to this docent led working garden on campus. Great space for an event.

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San Jose, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Great place for nature lovers. Friendly staff. Got a bit turned around, there could have been more clearly marked paths, but all in all, wonderful visit.

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Soquel
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a wonderful garden that is overlooked by many. Situated on the edges of campus it consists of gardens dedicated to Australia, South Africa, California and New Zealand with a few smaller gardens, Butterfly garden, Aroma garden for examples. This is not a manicured setting but the plants are incredibly exotic, the South African proteas are beautiful as are... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Especially in the spring when more plants are in bloom, this place is magical. Rarely crowded, it is a really peaceful place to enjoy the gardens, with special areas of plants from South Africa, Australia, and elsewhere, with a view of Monterey Bay, and easy walking access to the meadows of the lower campus, the UCSC organic farm, and adjoining... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

There are beautiful different plants and flowers. Its a peaceful place where you can take your time, and great for photo ops., not to mention the hummingbirds that visit there.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I was lucky as the day I decided to to to University of California Santa Cruz arboretum was the same day it was also "free" admission day. I enjoyed walking the 1/4 mile Hummingbird Path and seeing all the beautiful and unique plants.

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
44 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Nice place to take a stroll and learn about plants fro Australia, New Zealand, South África and Calofornia. I believe th we spring would be a better time to visit. it was very hot and dry and out of the plants had bloomed, but the walking paths are nice. There are lots of birds and this is also a location... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A lovely arboretum off High St. with lots of native California plants and a lovely little gift shop.

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Santa Cruz, CA
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108 reviews 108 reviews
9 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

My wife and I live in the mountains above Santa Cruz, and love to go out walking. This is one of our favorite places to walk -- quiet, nicely organized arboretum layout, plants are from all over the world and are well labeled, no one bothers you.

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Napa, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Perhaps Spring is the best time to visit this place. We went there today (end of July) & while it has quite the variety, everything needs to be watered. The place appeared unkempt and neglected. Most plants (except for the succulents) were dried out and browning. Even the drought-tolerant species looked parched. I wanted to turn on a sprinkler. I... More 

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