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UCSC Arboretum

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Interesting very quiet garden.

This will grab people differently. The garden attempts to preserve endanger plants from California... read more

Reviewed January 29, 2019
Burien, Washington
Protea Shrubs

How neat it was to see exotic plants from Australia and New Zealand without having to fly across... read more

Reviewed January 20, 2019
Brenda B
Ogden, Utah
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Reviewed January 29, 2019

This will grab people differently. The garden attempts to preserve endanger plants from California, Australia, and South Africa. I was surprised to see so many blooming flowers in January. I came for birds and hummingbirds and was mostly unsuccessful. Hardly any one there even though...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Angeles
Reviewed January 20, 2019

How neat it was to see exotic plants from Australia and New Zealand without having to fly across the continent! During Thanksgiving time African proteas and other ornamentals I've only seen in flower arrangements were blooming on large shrubs. A unique opportunity. And the bunnies...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Brenda B
Reviewed January 15, 2019

We visited in November and spend about an hour and half looking at the plants and watching the hummingbirds. I like the cactus area. So many varieties and the international plants are very interesting. It was fun to sit and watch the many hummingbirds feed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank cityOchamps
Reviewed December 23, 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed the visit, however next time we would start from 'the left hand side' and leave New Zealand for the very end. Look for hamming birds and kiwis. Admission is on a form of a donation 5$ per adults, kids below 6 yo...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 975agnieszkar
Reviewed December 21, 2018

Parking is available. There is a $5 fee for admission with payment on the honor system.The gardens are nice enough, but I found nothing special about this arboretum.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ransom007
Reviewed October 25, 2018

If you interested in trees, plants and birds, then this is a place for you to visit. We visited on what they call a community day and so there was no entrance fee (quite accidentally). A nice walk around for a few of hours, glad...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 510richarde
Reviewed October 12, 2018

We visited in September which unfortunately is a pretty dry time, so a lot of the plants were not at their best. As we were looking at the map, a very helpful man who seemed to work there stopped to give us some guidance. That...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank sushi4soup
Reviewed August 9, 2018

It is quite a nice place to learn about the plants from dry areas around the world great for saving water and how nice they may be for your garden, each one is labeled, many are for sale and their shop has plenty of nice...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Marco Tulio A
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Visited the Arboretum when I have a mid afternoon break from working around the house. Perfect day. What a joy to walk through this arboretum. Great hummingbird spot. Each section was better than the previous one. Will definitely go again. Can't wait.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Noah W
Reviewed August 4, 2018

Few people for a large area. Theme areas for South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Take your time, keep on the lookout and you'll see plenty of fauna with your flora.

Date of experience: July 2018
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