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UCSC Arboretum

1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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Ranked #13 of 36 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Gardens
Traveler Description: The Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz is an unsurpassed garden with flowering plants from around the world, especially Australia, South Africa, New Zealand... more »
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Napa, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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Los Angeles, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

What a glorious place to visit. Get your camera ready if you are a garden and plant lover. You can spend anywhere between one and three hours, depending on your interest level. Garden plants from various corners of the world, easy/flat walking trails, self-guided, open 9am to 5pm, $5, free parking.

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st louis
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Very interesting collection of plants. I found plants from Australia and New Zealand that I had not seen before. It is hard to find the entrance if you take the incorrect route, maybe stop and ask.

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Berlin, Germany
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The Arboretum of UCSC is worth a visit if you are interested in Botanic Gardens. The grounds offer a rich variety of plants from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and California. The volunteer staff charged us a $10 entry fee when we parked our car near the entrance gate. The volunteer guide was very friendly and easily engaged in a... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I just love to walk around and look at what is blooming. They have a wonderful gift shop and you can purchase plants there as well. They are not just the ones you see in big box stores...they are unique and beautiful. I have a few in my garden that are doing very well.

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Bellingham, Washington
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68 reviews 68 reviews
38 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I came across a brochure at the hotel for the Arboretum and was looking forward to going as admission is free the first Tuesday of the month. Neither the address listed on the brochure, or the listing my GPS found got us there. Oh it got us to the campus, but there was no signage near the address listed to... More

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clovis CA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The idyllic UCSC campus has a 40 acre garden with tours! This is not your manicured yard with perfect little color-matched plantings! This is a real treat within a mile or so walking area. You wander from California terrain to South African to Australian ecosystems with most plantings identified. It is a treat to watch the hummingbirds in the open... More

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The Arboretum is an excellent spot for a stroll amongst some amazing vegetation. The place is quiet and lovely although the verity of flowers is limited due to the smallish size of the place. Depending on what time of the year you visit you can find great things such as butterflies or hummingbirds in large numbers. Be sure to stop... More

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Newport Beach, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I stop here every time I come to visit my daughter attending UCSC. Great gardens, plants and trails, Well sectioned and a terrific shop. I purchase my succulent wreath frames here. Love this little gem.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

A wonderful self walking tour of world wide plants. Lots were in bloom. I was envious of many I can't plant because of frost in the central valley. Hilly walking and many paths. Souvenir shop had plants for sale. Bathrooms were creatively painted and clean, The paths were not crowded with people. I think there is a fee but none... More

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