Mildred Mathias Botanical Gardens, Los Angeles

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The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is a 7acre botanical garden located on the southeastern corner of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus, California, United States. It is named after Dr. Mildred Esther Mathias Hassler (1906–1995), a noted American botanist. The director is Arthur C. Gibson.HistoryUCLA's botanical garden was started as an academic laboratory shortly after the Westwood, Los Angeles campus opened in 1929, on seven acres preserved for that purpose near the arroyo on the east side of the campus. It was funded in part by the California State Relief Administration, created by newly elected Governor Frank Merriam in 1933 to provide jobs through municipal work projects. The garden's first manager, George C. Groenewegen, started with horticultural donations from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Huntington Botanical Gardens, among others. By 1947 the garden hosted approximately 1,500 different species and varieties of plants. In the 1960s, garden director Mildred E. Mathias, who oversaw the garden from 1956–74, helped to develop it into the "university garden" and opened it for public tours. "The nest," a small amphitheater designed and built by the garden's staff and volunteers out of Northern Californian incense cedar and boulders shipped from Duarte, California, was opened in 1996.
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  • Amid UCLA grounds you will find this heaven of peace in Los Angeles, surrounded by trees and plants. Walking around these you will discover a stream and a few benched to relax  more »
  • Pink powderpuffs tickled my fancy as I entered the garden today. Workers seemed to be preparing an area with a polished globestone that they covered with a tarp before leaving—I’m curious to see the c...  more »
  • The Mildred Mathias Botanical Gardens is located right on UCLA Campus with no fanfare entrance. I ran into it from walking from my hotel in Westwood Village to a conference on Campus. All three entran...  more »
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  • Such a nice place to go for a walk and forget you are in the middle of a city, well at least at the parts that are away from streets and car noise. This is a pleasant garden with many interesting plants, great play to get ideas for plans you might want around your house. Present are also could ponds and turtles and 2 bridges. Also spied some hummingbirds. The terrain is mostly handicap accessible except for some parts that are hilly and have cracking sidewalks from the roots. Easy parking for UCLA employees who already have parking passes, otherwise parking is $12 in the nearby lot.
  • My favorite lunch spot on campus! It's a short walk away from any building on South campus and you get to feel that you are in a different world. It's a great place to come relax and listen to the birds chirping and look at the hundreds of plants in the garden.
  • This is my favorite Garden in the Westwood area. I love their ferns and the waterfall. You can always see some nice hummingbirds over there normally too. Thanks for the lovely garden.
  • This is a great place to escape from your hectic day/life, breath and enjoy the trees and plants. It's free and well-maintained. I've eaten my lunch and drank my coffee here a few times. Just watch out for the squirrels; they approach you fairly aggressively if you have food!
  • Nice little garden... sanctuary from the bussle of the streets! Love these info placards.

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