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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  • Lovely little botanical garden. Parking isn't too crazy. Didn't take us more than an hour to get through the whole thing. Very handicapped friendly. Not crowded at all. No public bathrooms though, so watch out for that. We had to sneak into one of the science buildings.
  • This was a great find! Located on the UCLA campus, the garden is a beautiful sight. My recent visit to this place made me feel like I was on the set of a Jurassic Park film. It's full of small trails, and benches to sit and take in the sights, sounds and smells when the trees and bushes are in bloom. I definitely recommend this place for a tranquil visit.
  • A quiet and beautiful unexpected oasis. Love the variety of trees and the little birds, squirrels, and butterflies. The garden has great benches and chairs, too, where you can relax, read, or simply be.
  • Beautiful little oasis right in a busy city campus, but not crowded during the week. Laid out so plenty of privacy to sit, have lunch, draw, read.
  • Very beautiful location serene and relaxing environment. So close to the hustle and bustle of city life. But inside the garden it feels like you're miles away from everything.

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