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Address: 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone Number: 831.427.2998
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Really very special gardens

This is a gem in the Santa Cruz area, and it was my 3rd visit to the gardens, and I am a yearly member. The gardens are beautiful, and many, many of the plants are now... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jan M
Soquel, California
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Soquel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a gem in the Santa Cruz area, and it was my 3rd visit to the gardens, and I am a yearly member. The gardens are beautiful, and many, many of the plants are now identified, and are nicely kept up. There are so many plants here that would be very difficult to see outside of their native countries.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The fascinating display of unique gardens from other countries is breath taking. I am partial to the Australian section. The trees filled with flowers and humming birds has my head spinning with delight.

Thank Kathleen M
Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fantastic collection of Mediterranean climate plants from all over the world. Some subtropical and even tropical species as well. Those interested in botany should check it out.

Thank bb_organic
Roseville, California
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This part of the Arboretum has several plants that have a unique feel or smell, which is nice for the sight-impaired. It could have been a little easier to find, but the person in the gift show was very helpful.

Thank Andrea S
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

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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194 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 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 

Thank travelagentreplies
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

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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