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UCSC Arboretum

1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
831.427.2998
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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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56 reviews 56 reviews
36 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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4 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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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6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
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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
5 helpful votes 5 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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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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70 reviews 70 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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