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Address: 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone Number: 831.427.2998
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Wonderful Australian trees and plants

We always like to visit botanic gardens, wherever we are and saw that the Arboretum seemed to be similar, so decided to go up there. The Australian garden was wonderful, with a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 17, 2015
Di W
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

This used to be a great Santa Cruz destination. UCSC's politics got in the way and the wonderful curator was fired because he spoke the truth about the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) when Santa Cruz County got sprayed with deadly chemicals in 2009 because of nonsense State political corruption. If you go, be sure to ask about that travesty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

We always like to visit botanic gardens, wherever we are and saw that the Arboretum seemed to be similar, so decided to go up there. The Australian garden was wonderful, with a wide variety of gorgeous plants and trees, all well signed and with trails to follow. It was also a novelty for us, living in Australia, to see hummingbirds... More 

Thank Di W
Tampa, Florida
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332 reviews
214 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

This amounted to a nice "nature walk". If you are looking for color, this really isn't that type of garden. There are two recommended trails, a longer World Tour Trail that weaves its way throughout most of the garden, and a shorter Hummingbird Trail that winds through a small front section of the garden. I decided to take the World... More 

Thank Radeksgrl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Great quiet spot for pursuing the garden or quiet reflection. Highly recommend the gift shop for some great finds.

Thank BicoastalCa
Union City, California
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

read my review of the campus. Both are ho hum. We spent an hour or so walking around hoping things would get better, not.

Thank Edward G
San Juan Capistrano, California
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Large collection of New Zealand and Australian native plants. Beautiful and exotic settings with many benches to sit and enjoy. Make sure you explore the interior of the redwood grove. Friendly and helpful staff.

1 Thank Tom M
Tracy, California
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This was our second visit to the Arboretum and it always reveals some new discoveries. Because of their rarity, common names are hard to find on the ID tags of many of the plants but we still find it interesting where the unusual plants originate. There is a swell plant/gift shop (Norrie's) on the grounds as well as classrooms with... More 

Thank chasnk
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Walking through the UCSC Arboretum was like being on another continent! So many of the plants, trees and bushes were from Australia. The Protea were in bloom and the pictures of the blossoms were gorgeous. We enjoyed the many varities of Eucalyptus. Didn't see any snakes... which I expected to see but no! They must have a good deterrant.

Thank Kathleen G
Castaic, California
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177 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Located on the UCSC campus, it costs $5 to visit. They have several biomes represented and include a hummingbird walk and gift shop. Parking is easy and the trails even good for older folks.

1 Thank Rene V
Santa Cruz, California, United States
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I love going there for walks! You can spend hours there and never get bored. Their gift shop is also pretty cool!

Thank Maria A

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