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UCSC Arboretum

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Address: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077
Phone Number: 831.427.2998
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Nice place to spend a couple of hours

There is so much to do here it is hard to list it all. The plants are amazing, the space is beautiful and the gift shop is quaint. It is definitely a hidden gem.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is so much to do here it is hard to list it all. The plants are amazing, the space is beautiful and the gift shop is quaint. It is definitely a hidden gem.

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Thank Linda B
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I walked throughout the entire arboretum two days ago. While it was foggy near the ocean, but there were clear, blue skies up the hill at the arboretum. The paths and trails were well-marked. In addition to plants, shrubs, trees, and flowers, we saw birds, butterflies, and lizards. After our walk, we stopped off at Norrie's gift... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Relax your mind and body with a stress free stroll through the arboretum. Regardless of the season, you'll always see something new and different. Divided into several areas, the arboretum is large enough to feel like you've experienced something new and different, yet small enough to take a reasonable walk and cover the entire expanse. If you're there later in... More 

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Hayward, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

I liked the way they divided up the plant communities: California native plants, Australian plants, and a couple of others. All were drought tolerant, which is valuable in California's current water shortage situation. The hummingbird trail was fun to walk, and offered many plants that attract them. I'm in the process of converting my garden to be drought tolerant using... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

This a rich resource, with extraordinary collections of plants from California, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. There are also smaller gardens of succulents and aromatic plants. A welcoming environment, but not manicured like some public gardens. This is primarily a scientific collection, laid out well and increasingly labeled well to assist casual visitors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

We were on a school field trip with 150 or so children. This place has the amazing kind of trees, home of pretty hummingbirds

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

What a bargain. Beautiful flowers. The South Africa section isthe best with all of the proteas. We really enjoyed our visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

The Beautiful UCSC Arboretum... in the spring it is good for flowers and hummingbird watching. The Arboretum has wonderful Australian, Kiwi, and African plants. In the spring they have a great plant sale. The giftshop is good too.

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Martinez, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

We went as soon as they were open. It was not crowded. The grounds are beautiful and spread out. They have a world tour with plants from New Zealand, Africa and Australia. In one section there were lots of bunnies.

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

It's kind of hard to beat any attraction that has free parking and charges you $5 to get in. The arboretum is run by UCSC and is used for research, education and tourism. It's a beautiful location with lots of walking trails, classrooms, offices, and a gift shop. Bring a picnic lunch and walk the loop to enjoy plants from... More 

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