University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens, Riverside

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The University of California, Riverside, Botanic Gardens are 40 acres of botanical gardens containing more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. The Gardens are located in the eastern foothills of the Box Springs Mountain on the University of California, Riverside campus in Riverside, California, US. Over four miles of trails wind through many microclimates and hilly terrain.
The UCR Botanic Gardens are actually composed of two parts: the overall UCR campus and the 40acre botanical gardens. The landscaped area around the buildings on campus demonstrates a wide variety of plants adapted to the arid inland area of Southern California. The Gardens were established primarily for teaching purposes and serve to provide plant materials for courses such as anthropology, art, biology, ecology, entomology, morphology, ornamental horticulture, plant pathology, photography, and taxonomy. The Gardens also provide plant materials for research and for exhibiting species from all parts of the world.
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  • This is the University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens. I really liked it. First it was about cacti, then the Iris Garden, the herb Garden and more. We had all the time to visit. I like...  more »
  • We came in February. There were some plants not out yet. Still. I was amazed that they had so many flowers. It was especially for cacti. I liked that! I I took my time. We even saw a lizard. Lots.....  more »
  • We enjoyed 40 acres of plants including a South Africa section. The friendly attendant at the gate pointed that out to us giving us a map of the place and a gift bookmark. what was the next surprise was running into a rose garden to the right of that trail. Most all the trails were paved and there were conveniently placed benches everywhere. the 102 temperature kept us from exploring the entire 40 acres, but that's for our next visit.
  • Such a beautiful place for some outdoor exercise in the city. Parking prices do change but they accept CC. Different level hikes, some you can access with a stroller and some are pretty steep. Even has a little pond and a rose garden.

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