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Address: 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone Number: 831.427.2998
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plants from down under

I visit all the botanical garden I can. This is a small but unique variety of plants on a campus full of natural beauty. There's work to be done here but the concept is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visit all the botanical garden I can. This is a small but unique variety of plants on a campus full of natural beauty. There's work to be done here but the concept is admirable. Hardly anyone there so private and quiet I had the place to myself. That is worth going for.

Thank William E
Burlingame, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great find with a short world tour trail and a long one as well. A hummingbird trail filled with buzzing little birds. A butterfly garden and a California native plant garden. Plants from New Zealand, Australia and Africa in other areas and succulents. This place is known for its huge collection of banksias. Unbelievable. Great gift shop too and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Many people complain about arboretums; they don't seem to understand that trees and shrubs are the main attractions. We visited, in late October. We did not expect much. It has been an exceedingly dry 6 months, and the place looked, worn, tired. Then we happened upon the hummingbird portion of the arboretum. Amazingly, there are still flowers on the trees... More 

Thank HillsCA
Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

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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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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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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 

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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.

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Union City, California
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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.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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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
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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 

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