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In 1890, E.L. Greene established the University of California's Botanical Garden, located in Berkeley, California. He was the first chairman of the Department of Botany, and wanted to create a living collection of the native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants of the State of California.He also wanted to gather in, as quickly as possible, those of the neighboring states of the Pacific Coast. In the following decade it grew to 1500.In the 1920s, development of the campus forced the Botanical Garden out of its initial central campus location. Under the direction of the garden's director T. Harper Goodspeed, the garden was relocated to its current position on 34 acres in Strawberry Canyon, just above the main campus.J.W. Upon moving to the new location, Goodspeed used the principle that the garden's plantings are to be organized according to their geographical origins in settings resembling the native habitats. This principle continues to dominate garden policy.Following the move to Strawberry Canyon, major additions were added to the collection. Goodspeed initiated a series of six expeditions to the Andes, between 1935 and 1958, with the purpose of collecting all species of the genus Nicotiana, with a determination of their ranges.A secondary objective was collection of Andean plants in botanically unknown areas, which led to the acquisition of a magnificent collection of South American cacti and succulents. Rodin with a singularly large amount of succulents from southern Africa.In the 1950s, the garden directorship passed to Herbert Baker. Adherence to this policy has endowed the collection with substantial value for researchers world wide.In the 1970s and 1980s, the garden made a major change in its orientation. A docent program was inaugurated in 1974.In 1976, the Friends of the Botanical Garden was established as a support group for fundraising and, more importantly, for involving the general public in volunteer activities. In addition to the docents, a corps of volunteer propagators raises $30,000 to $40,000 a year with their plant sales.On the fundraising side, the club has made possible most of the recent building in the garden. Examples include the Visitors Center, the Tour Orientation Center, the Townsend Amphitheater in the Mather Redwood Grove, the Aquatic Plants Display, and renovation of the Conference Center.

California native plantsman : UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, Tilden Botanic Garden : oral history transcript

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The Berkeley Natural History Museum consortium represents a diverse range of disciplines all serving as biodiversity and cultural repositories and centers of research. These UC Berkeley sister museums and field stations all share the common aim to lead and excel in creative, innovative ways in these areas:

Education and Public Programs

Resources available to K-12 students and teachers are available through the UC Museum of Paleontology website and a project funded by the the National Science Foundation called Exploring California Biodiversity. Exploring California Biodiversity focuses on connecting graduate students with urban schools to engage students and their teachers in field research, focusing on biodiversity and preservation.

In addition to K-12 programs, many of the museums offer educational programs for adults. The Jepson Herbarium has a series of botanical and ecological workshops. The workshops are held at locations throughout the state and are designed to accommodate a range of backgrounds (from beginners to specialists). For more information and a list of classes, visit the herbarium’s web site. The UC Botanical Garden also hosts a series of classes on botanical subjects at the Garden, and are accessible on the web.

BNHM recognizes the value of communicating with the larger public and wishes to expand its program to include online demonstrations of biodiversity analysis, historical reviews of collecting

expeditions, and easy access to spectacular specimens within the collections. We also wish to make programs available to bring local schools into the museums on a regular basis.

Each spring, the BNHM participates in the campus-wide extravaganza, CalDay. A unique opportunity to tour our collections, meet the staff and students behind the scenes and get close-up views of our unique holdings and animals.

Building Knowledge Networks for Scientific Research

Central to providing access to our collections is the ability to interact with other collections. Previously, we developed and used DiGIR (Distributed Generic Information Retrieval) to build the foundation for distributed networks for mammals, amphibians and reptiles, California herbaria, and museums of paleontology. As technology changed, so have our efforts giving rise to cloud-based distribution for vertebrate collections, VertNet, which currently aggregates biodiversity data across the US and to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

We aim to create the synthesis of the California Flora through the Jepson Flora Project.

In 2012, The Keck Foundation funded a collaborative project to unite diverse datasets from all BNHM collections and field stations datasets in a common web service allowing developers to build tools for easy data access and visualizations. Explore Holos: Berkeley Ecoinformatics Engine. Try the Explore query interface to search across all the BNHM and Berkeley repositories. Or Compare two or more species!

We propose to expand this vision to include data on genomics, climate, and species observations. This will create a network capable of delivering real-time content to researchers engaged in analyzing critical issues in biodiversity monitoring and analysis.

Digitizing Museum Specimens and Archives

We receive support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Science Foundation, and the State of California to digitize portions of collections. Projects include digitizing field notebooks in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, archiving historic sound recordings in the Hearst Museum, and georeferencing specimen localities in the University & Jepson Herbaria and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Ongoing digitization efforts span all the museums.

Even with these efforts, we still have a long way to go to make all of our collections available in digital format. To this end, we are are dedicated to digitize our collections incrementally and focus on specimens and materials with historical significance, sensitive species, and type specimens. Our efforts are ongoing.

Research Projects

The millions of specimens contained in the six participating museums have provided the building blocks of data from which scores of researchers have described new species, unraveled complicated kinships among organisms, and discovered how organisms evolve and adapt to their environments. In addition, anthropologists worldwide rely on the Anthropology Museum’s object and archive collections to provide an historical database for understanding current research on prehistoric and living human groups.

Read more about some of our research at the Berkeley Institute for Global Change Biology.

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

The UC Botanical Garden is open! Reserve your visit today!

Online advanced admission tickets are required for all visitors, including Garden Members. Visit our website to make a reservation and please read our Visit Guidelines and FAQs before visiting the Garden.

The UC Botanical Garden is a living museum open to the public featuring one of the most diverse plant collections in the United States. The Garden's 34 acres contain over 12,000 different kinds of plants from all over the world arranged by region.

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Tilden Park Regional Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden is open to individuals and households by reservation, with up to five persons per reservation. A total of two reservations per household may be made each week. Dogs are not allowed in the Botanic Garden.

At this time, the Botanic Garden will be open to visitors on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The latest reservation for entry into the Botanic Garden will be 3:30pm.

To schedule a reservation, please call (510) 544-3169, or email [email protected] Reservations may be scheduled with Botanic Garden office staff - Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm - up to two weeks in advance. Your reservation is not a confirmed reservation until you speak with our office staff and receive a reservation confirmation email.

Be prepared to provide all of the following information when making a reservation:
· Primary Contact person (your full name)
· Primary Contact's phone number (is this a landline? or cell phone?)
· Primary Contact&rsquos email address
· Number of people in your reservation

Please note that reservations at this time will not include day camps, school groups, company outings, wedding parties, wedding photos shoots, picnics, sunbathing, educational tours, or film shoots.

Lounging on the lawns will not be permitted in the garden as all visitors are expected to move through the Botanic Garden at a reasonable pace. The Botanic Garden&rsquos Visitor Center, offices, water fountains, and trash and recycling containers are not available for use in the Botanic Garden at this time. A water fountain, and trash and recycling containers are available at Camp Oaks (the Botanic Garden&rsquos parking lot). As always, public restrooms are available at Camp Oaks (parking lot).

Upon entry to the Botanic Garden, the Primary Contact person may need to provide an ID and groups must arrive at your scheduled reservation time to check-in. If you are late to arrive, you will be admitted. Do not arrive significantly earlier, as you will not be admitted until your reservation time.

COVID-19 safety rules are in effect at the Botanic Garden. Visitors must always wear a mask, and keep a minimum of six feet distance from others. On narrow garden paths and trails, persons or small groups closest to an intersecting trail must back up into that intersection, to safely yield the right-of-way to an oncoming individual or small group. If mask-wearing and required social distancing rules are not followed, you may be asked to leave.

At this time, the scheduled maximum number of visitors per open day is 120 visitors.

Blake Garden (Kensington, California)

Blake Garden is a 10.6 acre (4.3 ha) landscape laboratory and public garden located at 70 Rincon Road in Kensington, California, United States. It is a teaching facility for the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning of the University of California, Berkeley. It is also the site of Blake House, formerly the residence of the President of the University of California. The garden is open to the public during weekdays no admission fee is charged.

The Blakes' original family home was on Piedmont Avenue, where Memorial Stadium now stands. The building of the stadium prompted the building of two homes in the Kensington hills, Anson Blake's house, now Blake Garden, and the Edwin Blake house, now the Carmelite Monastery. The garden was deeded to the Landscape Architecture Department in 1957 by Anson and Anita Blake, and title passed to the University upon Anita Blake's death in 1962. Five years later, Blake House became the UC President's official residence, until 2009.

The siting of Blake house is integral to the garden's design: it shelters the Formal Garden from the strong prevailing winds off the Golden Gate. The grounds for both estates were designed by Mrs. Blake's sister, Mabel Symmes, who graduated from the university's Landscape Architecture Department in 1914. Ms. Symmes' original plan showed great sensitivity to the site. Much of her original plan can still be seen in the design of the Pink and Yellow Gardens with its grotto, inspired by the Villa Tusculana at Frascati, Italy and the reflecting pool which was part of a system to take advantage of underground water. The Redwood Canyon, with redwood cuttings brought from the Blake's property in Berkeley and St. Helena, is planted along a natural waterway. The original plan also shows a lake in the Australian Hollow, taking advantage of the high water table in that part of the garden. In 2010 this area was restored to a native wetland by UC students, volunteers and Blake Garden staff. The wetland now provides habitat to a community of Pacific chorus frogs and area birds.

Other parts of the garden include the Mediterranean Garden on the western side of house, a showcase of drought-tolerant plants from the world's Mediterranean climates the Cottage Garden, full of roses, flowers for cutting, vegetables and herbs the Square, with its water lily-filled pond, and beds brimming with low-water perennials and the Event Lawn and surrounding beds, another example of water-smart gardening.

The garden is home to nearly 1500 plant species, over fifty bird species, as well as raccoons, frogs, salamanders, and the occasional fox. The garden is all organic, with many sustainable practices including four kinds of composting, rainwater harvesting, and hives of honeybees. Additionally, the Create with Nature Zone offers a space for visitors of all ages to experiment and build with materials collected from the garden.

Collected in London, southern France, northern Iraq, and elsewhere, between 2009 and 2017.

I’ve written about the Dispersal photographs for the following publications:

INKQ, a large-format quarterly newspaper about science & art, “Dispersal” // Issue 02 June 2018

Arnoldia: Magazine of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard, “Dispersal” // Volume 71, no. 2. Autumn 2013

Harvard Magazine // Jan 2014 “The Sorcery of Seedpods” (interview & video)

Evolve, Journal of The Ecology Center, “Seed Pods as Shelter” // Issue 09 Spring 2014

HYMN: Fear, the Laboratory Arts Collective, "Death in the Garden" // Issue IV 2014

Print. The Dispersal series was first published as a series of blog articles in Print magazine, // 2011-2012

Cartooning the Landscape: Art, Nature, and Consciousness

UC Berkeley professor Chip Sullivan will take us on an optical sweep of the iconic landscapes of history and illustrate their interrelationship with art, nature, and consciousness. Chip will discuss his lifelong commitment to drawing, garden history. and environmental awareness. Through the medium of the sequential narrative, he will share with the audience tools that will help us envision the metaphysics of landscape to create positive environmental change.

Copies of Chip’s newest book, Cartooning the Landscape, will be available for purchase.

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720

Date and Time
Friday, February 3
6 – 8 p.m.

$15 General admission
$10 Garden Conservancy and UC Berkeley Botanical Garden members
Free registration for UC staff, students, and faculty
Students from other schools may obtain complimentary tickets by calling David Seyms at 415.441.4300.

This program is presented in partnership with the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley.

Chip Sullivan
is a professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning at the University of California, Berkeley. He was named the 1985 Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome, among other awards, and is the author of many books, including the classic Drawing the Landscape, which is now in its fourth edition. One of the singular talents in landscape design, Sullivan has shared his expertise through a seemingly unusual medium that, at second glance, makes perfect sense: the comic strip.

For years Sullivan entertained readers of Landscape Architecture magazine with comic strips that ingeniously illustrated significant concepts and milestones in the creation of our landscapes. These strips gained a large following among architects and illustrators. Now those original graphic works, as well as additional strips created just for this book, are collected in his latest publication, Cartooning the Landscape. Read more about Chip Sullivan and his Gonzo Gardens.

California Botanical Gardens

Image found on Flickr courtesy of Sheilaellen.
Arizona Cactus Garden
Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

The Arizona Cactus Garden (30,000 square feet or 2,800 m2), also known as the Stanford Cactus Garden, is a botanical garden specializing in cactus and succulents. The Arizona Cactus Garden was planted in the late 1880s by the Stanfords, adjacent to the site of their proposed new residence at the Palo Alto Stock Farm. The Arizona Cactus Garden is located on the campus of Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA, and open to the public daily without charge.

Balboa Park Gardens are areas of Balboa Park in San Diego, California. The Park was ranked among the Best Parks in the World by the Project for Public Places in 2003 (13 out of 24) for its mixture of horticulture and art and culture. There are more than eight gardens in the park, which includes Alcazar Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Friendship Garden, Desert Garden, and Botanical Building.

Ruth Bancroft Garden
1552 Bancroft Road,
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

The Ruth Bancroft Garden 2.5 acres (10,000 m²) is a dry botanical garden containing more than 2,000 cactus, succulents, trees, and shrubs native to Africa, Australia, California, Chile, and Mexico. It has been open to the public since 1992. Today the Garden is an outstanding landscape of xerophytes (dry-growing plants).

Blake Garden
(Kensington, California)
70 Rincon Road
Kensington, CA 94707, United States

Blake Garden (10.9 acres) is a botanical public garden located at 70 Rincon Road in Kensington, California, United States. The garden contains a large diversity of plant materials that grow in our Mediterranean type climate and contains new and historic garden design and structures designed and built by UC professors, students and garden staff. The garden includes over 1200 species of established plants laid out within a formal, Italian-style garden with long reflecting pool, water garden, a grotto, a two-sided staircase, as well as an arboretum and views of a Mediterranean garden.

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
Santa Rosa Ave & Sonoma Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens (1 acre) is a city park containing the former home, greenhouse, gardens, and grave of noted American horticulturist Luther Burbank. The grounds are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to dusk year-round for self guided tours and reserved Group tours. The gardens include many of Burbank’s horticultural introductions, with collections of cactus, fruit trees, ornamental grasses, medicinal herbs, roses, and walnuts. It was declared in 1964 a National Historic Landmark.

The CSUN Botanic Garden is located in the southeast quadrant of California State University, Northridge, in Northridge, California. It has evolved over the years since its dedication in 1959. Originally planted with California natives, the 1.5-acre Garden and Greenhouse Complex is now a collection of some 1,200 plant species representing many regions and climates. The CSUN Botanic Garden sponsors CSUN-al Gardening, a series of four free gardening-themed classes a year.

The Chavez Ravine Arboretum, in Elysian Park, contains more than 1,000 varieties of trees from around the world, including what are believed to be the oldest and largest Cape Chestnut, Kauri, and Tipu trees in the United States. The Chavez Ravine Arboretum was declared a Historic Cultural Monument in 1967. Planting of rare trees in the Arboretum continued through the 1920s, and most of the original trees are still standing in their regal grandeur. Many of the trees are the oldest and largest of their kind in California and even the United States.

Chico University Arboretum
California State University, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929

Chico State is in the heart of Chico—a special city, rich with history, music, arts, and a deep connection to the surrounding land. Nearby Bidwell Park is a vast resource of trails, trees, and a creek that flows through the park, into Chico’s downtown, and then right down the middle of campus. The Chico University Arboretum is located across the campus of California State University, Chico California State University.

College of the Desert Arboretum
43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260

The College of the Desert Arboretum is a new arboretum now being planted across the College of the Desert campus. The arboretum contains desert trees, plants and shrubs. The development of the arboretum is still ongoing and is intended to be a long term, campus-wide project, and an integral part of the agricultural curriculum.

Conejo Valley Botanical Garden
350 W Gainsborough Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

The Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is located in Thousand Oaks, California, USA, in the Conejo Valley 39 miles west of Los Angeles. The Garden is naturally suited to establish itself as the center for the teaching, study and enjoyment of any and all environmental activities. The Garden contains mostly native species, and displays over 60 types of salvia, of which at least 10 are California native species. The Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is a non-profit organization managed entirely by volunteers.

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive,
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Descanso Gardens located in La Cañada Flintridge, California is a 150 acres (61 ha) botanical garden. Descanso Gardens is an urban retreat of year-round natural beauty, internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays. Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens is a 10-acre (40,000 m2) botanical garden maintained by volunteers within Dunsmuir City Park in the city of Dunsmuir, California near Mount Shasta. Unique to this area are many Shasta lilies growing on the hillsides and the beautiful, fragrant native azaleas that grow along the river. During the spring and summer, various annuals greet visitors with a rainbow of colors. This botanical garden are managed as a non-profit organization and supported entirely by donations, annual memberships, fund-raisers and dedicated volunteers.

Eddy Arboretum
2480 Carson Road
Placerville, California 95667-5199

The Eddy Arboretum at the Institute of Forest Genetics in Placerville, California, USA contains what is claimed to be the best-documented collection of pines in the world, in addition to many other native and exotic conifers. Seventy-eight pine species, 24 firs, and many other conifers are presently included in the collection.

Edgewood Botanic Garden
436 Edgewood Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941

The Edgewood Botanic Garden is a small botanical garden of less than 1 acre (0.4 ha). It is dedicated to the native plants of the region, it also supports about ten species of trees, not all are native to the site.

86 Cañada Road,
Woodside, California 94062

Filoli is a country house set in 16 acres (6.5 ha) of formal gardens surrounded by 654 acres (265 ha) estate. Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. The gardens of Filoli offer visitors the chance to learn about the estate’s renowned horticulture practices or to simply enjoy the serenity for which they were designed.

Fullerton Arboretum
1900 Associated Road,
Fullerton CA 92831

The Fullerton Arboretum is a 10 ha (26 acre) botanical garden with a collection of over 4,000 unique and unusual plant species from around the world. It is the largest botanical garden in Orange County. With its ponds, streams and wildlife, the Fullerton Arboretum offers a tranquil retreat from a fast-paced urban life.

Gardens at Heather Farm
1540 Marchbanks Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

The Gardens at Heather Farm 6 acres (24,000 m²) are a relatively new set of gardens with sweeping view of Mount Diablo, and open to the public 7 days a week during daylight hours at Walnut Creek, California, USA. Visitors can enjoy a broad range of plants situated in more than twenty-four demonstration gardens and learning sites, all with handicapped accessible pathways. No toxins are used in the garden.

Goethe Arboretum
6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819

The Goethe Arboretum is a botanical garden situated on the north end of the Sacramento State University campus. The arboretum was named in honor of Charles Goethe (1875–1966), a land developer, philanthropist, conservationist, eugenicist and one of the university’s founding fathers. The Goethe Arboretum only began with 45 trees and over the years has grown into a 3 acre with over 600 types of trees, shrubs, and flowers.

The Conservatory of Flowers is a large botanical greenhouse constructed in 1878 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. After four years of construction, rebuilding, and preserving the collection of flora and fauna, the Conservatory re-opened it to the public September of 2003. The Conservatory of Flowers is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the California Register of Historic Places, is a California Historical Landmark, and a San Francisco Designated Landmark.

Hakone Gardens is a traditional Japanese garden in Saratoga, California, USA. It claims to be the oldest Japanese-style residential garden in the Western Hemisphere. In 1915, inspired by both a lifelong interest in Japanese Culture and their travels throughout Japan, San Francisco cultural leaders Oliver and Isabel Stine purchased 18 acres of Saratoga hillside to build a summer retreat for family and friends.

Harland Hand Memorial Garden is half an acre[1] (one fifth hectare) botanical garden built on a hillside of the El Cerrito Hills in El Cerrito, California. The garden is known for its dramatic color combinations and panoramic view over San Francisco Bay. Harland Hand [1922-1998], inspired by the principles of fine art and rock formations in the High Sierra, designed this hillside garden with breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is an educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington in 1919 in San Marino near Pasadena, California in the United States. Huntington was also a man of vision – with a special interest in books, art, and gardens. During his lifetime, he amassed the core of one of the finest research libraries in the world, established a splendid art collection, and created an array of botanical gardens with plants from a geographic range spanning the globe.

The Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation was organized by a small group of Volunteers in 1991. The goal was to create an educational botanical garden in for the Northern region. HBGF provides direction for the building of a world-class botanical garden for the Northern California region.

Japanese Friendship Garden
1300 Senter Road,
San Jose, CA 95112-2520

The Japanese Friendship Garden is a walled section of Kelley Park in San Jose, California, USA. In a very peaceful, relaxing setting, enjoy the unique bridges, ponds and pathways that exquisitely demonstrate the fine art of classic Japanese landscape gardening. You can even feed the fish.

The Japanese Garden
6100 Woodley Ave,
Van Nuys, California, 91406

The Japanese Garden 6.5 acres (26,000 m²) is located on the grounds of the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys, California, USA, in the midst of the San Fernando Valley. The balance of positive and negative forces, Yin & Yang, are present here. The Garden has been ranked tenth out of 300 public Japanese gardens in the United States by the Journal of Japanese Gardening.

Jensen Botanical Gardens
8520 Fair Oaks Boulevard,
Carmichael, CA 95608

The Charles C. Jensen Botanical Gardens are botanical gardens located Carmichael, California. The gardens exhibit a variety of flora including camellias, dogwoods, azaleas, and rhododendrons.

Labadie Arboretum
12500 Campus Drive,
Oakland, California

The Emile L. Labadie Arboretum is an arboretum operated by the Landscape Horticulture department of Merritt College. The Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Program and its facilities are among the largest in northern California.

Leaning Pine Arboretum
Horticulture and Crop Science Department
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, Ca 93407

The Leaning Pine Arboretum is located on 5 acres (20,000 m2) at the north end of the California Polytechnic State University campus in San Luis Obispo, California. Collections are arranged primarily by nativity and feature a diverse array of trees, shrubs, and other landscape plants appropriate for California’s Central Coast area. The Leaning Pine Arboretum is a living laboratory of plants for all to enjoy.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is located at Palm Desert, California, a desert botanical gardens and a zoo. For almost four decades The Living Desert has been engaged in the important work of preserving, conserving and interpreting the desert and all its varied plant and animal life. Today, the gardens claim to be the only American zoo and garden dedicated solely to the deserts of the world, and provide environmental education, native wildlife rehabilitation, plant propagation and captive breeding of both native and African species.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a 127 acre (51.5 ha) arboretum, botanical garden, and historical site located near the San Gabriel Mountains at Arcadia, California. Home to plant collections from all over the world, including many rare and endangered species, The Arboretum also houses outdoor historical landmarks representative of the major phases of California history.

The place-name Lotusland, also known as the (15 ha / 37 acres) Ganna Walska Lotusland Estate, is the historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska. Madame Ganna Walska’s Lotusland estate gardens contain a various distinct and excellent gardens of exceptional design and artistic creativity with botanical and horticultural depth.

The Marin-Bolinas Botanical Gardens is a botanical garden specializing in succulents. The gardens now contain over 2,000 species the children’s garden alone has 280 types of succulents. The gardens were created by Dr. Herman Schwartz, a retired physician.

Markham Regional Arboretum
1202 La Vista Avene
Concord, California

The Markham Regional Arboretum (16 acres / 65,000 m²) is a natural arboretum located at Concord, California. Today this arboretum is a place of quiet beauty less than 20 blocks from downtown Concord.

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus,
California, United States

The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is a small 7-acre (2.8 ha) botanical garden located on the campus of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). This garden maintains one of the most important living botanical collections in the United States,with plant specimens from all over the world.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park
840 Sundial Bridge Drive,
Redding, California

Turtle Bay Exploration Park, is a museum complex that interprets the relationship between humans and nature. Turtle Bay Exploration Park educates visitors of all ages with entertaining and stimulating exhibitions and programs that interpret the complex relationships between people and their environments.

The William Joseph McInnes Botanic Garden and Campus Arboretum is located at the Mills College in Oakland, California. The Botanic Garden is a “living laboratory” within the Biology Department. The garden’s plant collection includes a number of California native plants, succulent plants, ferns and exotics used mainly for lecture/lab studies, but also for more specific student projects.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
18220 North Highway One,
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are located in Fort Bragg, California, it includes canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, and a closed-cone pine forest. The Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays to thunderous waves. The mild maritime climate makes it a garden for all seasons, attracting gardeners and nature lovers.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
California State University, Long Beach,
Long Beach, California, USA

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is a Japanese garden on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The intimate perfection of the Japanese garden icreates a romantic setting for weddings, receptions, photo sessions, memorial services, parties, and many other events. Among the annual events held at the Japanese garden is a Koi auction and a chrysanthemum show.

Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium
1701 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264

The Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium is a family-owned botanical garden specializing in cacti and other desert plants. There’s something of interest for everyone with glistening crystals, colorful rocks, ancient fossils, pioneer and gold-mine relics. Today the garden includes 3,000 examples of desert cacti and other desert plants, grouped by geographic regions.

San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Drive,
Encinitas CA

The San Diego Botanic Garden, formerly known as Quail Botanical Gardens, is a botanical garden that includes rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, and a subtropical fruit garden. The Hamilton Children’s Garden, the largest interactive children’s garden on the West Coast.

The Quarryhill Botanical Garden is a research botanical garden, featuring one of the largest collections of temperate Asian plants in North America. The garden welcomes visitors, and is open for tours year-round as well as group and organization tours and events.

Barbra Streisand donated this 22.5 acre estate to the state run Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in 1993. At the request of locals, the California Coastal Commission has required that this property be accessible to the public by appointment only.

The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is a botanical garden in Claremont, California. The Botanic Garden promotes botany, conservation and horticulture to inspire, inform and educate the public and the scientific community about California’s native flora. The garden has an active research department, specializing in systematic botany and floristics.

Regional Parks Botanic Garden
c/o Tilden Regional Park
Berkeley, CA 94708-2396

The Regional Parks Botanic Garden is a 10 acre (4 hectare) botanical garden located in Tilden Regional Park in the Berkeley Hills, California. It is a naturally beautiful and tranquil living museum of California native plants. It is also a sanctuary for many of the state’s rare and endangered plants and a place for visitors to wander among trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses from plant communities throughout the state.

Virginia Robinson Gardens
1008 Elden Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The Virginia Robinson Gardens features a period landscape, historic mansion, and botanical gardens located at the Virginia Robinson Estate in Beverly Hills, California. Today, the garden is recognized as being not only a historical landmark, but also as an exotic paradise that all sightseers are invited to enjoy.

John R. Rodman Arboretum
Pitzer College 1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont CA 91711

The John R. Rodman Arboretum 10 acres (40,000 m²) is located on the campus of Pitzer College, Claremont, California, USA. The Arboretum began informally in 1984 as a movement to save surviving indigenous vegetation from demolition by well-meaning academic developers. Since 1988 the Arboretum has been an official part of the college.

Rusch Botanical Gardens
7801 Auburn Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610

The Rusch Botanical Gardens is located at Citrus Heights, California, one of more than 15,400 museums in the MuseumsUSA directory. these gardens are a State Site of Historical Interest, and represent seven biomes of California featuring rose, herb, citrus, and African plants.

The San Francisco Botanical Garden (formerly Strybing Arboretum) is a large botanical garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society builds communities of support for the Garden and cultivates the bond between people and plants. The Garden continues to actively acquire plants in 2008 it received 1,061 accessions totalling over 7,300 individual plants.

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
Naglee Avenue & Dana Ave
San Jose, CA 95126

The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden (5.5 acres) is a rose garden located at San Jose, California, in the Rose Garden neighborhood. The Rose Garden is a one-time prune orchard – is today one of the most attractive of its kind in the world, drawing thousands of visitors each year. The Garden is exclusively devoted to shrubs of the rose family and features over 4,000 rose shrubs with 189 varieties represented.

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
3450 Dairy Creek Road
San Luis Obispo,California 93405

The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, when completed, will be a 150 acre (60 ha) garden displaying the diverse plant life of five Mediterranean climate zones of the world namely California, Chile, Australia, South Africa and the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The Botanical Garden continues to grow toward its goal of becoming a world-class educational facility, demonstrating conservation of resources through sustainable gardening and architecture. Work is still in progress to build the entire garden, when completed, it will be one of the largest botanical gardens in western United States.

San Mateo Arboretum
101 9th Avenue,
San Mateo, CA 94401-4202

The San Mateo Arboretum is an arboretum in San Mateo, California containing old stands of pine, oak, cedar, and redwood planted over 100 years ago on the William Kohl property. The San Mateo Arboretum Society continues today as a “member and volunteer powered” organization dedicated to the preservation of San Mateo’s rich horticultural heritage.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road,
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 26 ha (65 acre) garden, containing over 1,000 species of rare and indigenous plants. The Botanic Garden is a place of beauty and serenity, of education, research and conservation, of history and stewardship. The Garden became a Santa Barbara County Landmark in 1983.

Sherman Library and Gardens
2647 East Pacific Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, California 92625

The Sherman Library and Gardens (2.2 acres) are botanical gardens located at Corona del Mar, California. The Gardens provide a museum of living plants, displayed amidst a setting of immaculate gardens, patios and conservatories linked together by wide brick walkways, beds blooming with seasonal flowers and bubbling tile fountains. The Sherman Library is a beautiful place for weddings.

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard
Palos Verdes Peninsula, California 90274

The South Coast Botanic Garden is a 35 hectare (87 acre) garden in Palos Verdes, California, USA. The Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean, and southern Africa.

The Stanford University Arboretum is an arboretum located on the grounds of Stanford University in Stanford, California. Today the arboretum contains over 350 species representing 150 genera and sixty families. The most common tree is the coast live oak, although valley, blue, and black oaks are also represented.

The University of California Botanical Garden is a 34 acre (13.7 ha) botanical garden located on the University of California, Berkeley campus. The Botanical Garden have a diverse plant collection including many rare and endangered plants. It has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes.

The University of California, Davis, Arboretum is an approximately 100-acre arboretum along the banks of Putah Creek, at the south side of the University of California, Davis campus in Davis, California, USA. The Arboretum include 22,000 trees and plants adapted to a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The plants are arranged in a series of gardens that represent different geographic areas, plant groups, or horticultural themes.

The University of California, Irvine, Arboretum (or UCI Arboretum) is a 12 acre botanical garden and arboretum, located north of the University of California, Irvine campus. The Arboretum features plants and communities from the California Floristic Province and also has an extensive collection of South African species. It is run by Peter Bowler, a biological and environmental ethics professor at UCI.

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 also provide plant materials for research and for exhibiting species from all parts of the world. A popular bi-annual Botanic Gardens Plant Sale provides greater visibility and community support for the gardens.

University of California, Santa Cruz, Arboretum
1156 High Street, University of California,
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

The University of California, Santa Cruz, Arboretum, also called the UCSC Arboretum, is located on the campus of the University of California, Santa Cruz, in Santa Cruz, California, USA. The Arboretum is home to a world-class living collection. It maintains collections of rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest. Particular specialties are world conifers, primitive angiosperms, and bulb-forming plant families.

Villa Montalvo Arboretum
15400 Montalvo Road,
Saratoga, CA 95071

The Villa Montalvo Arboretum is a 137-acre arboretum and botanical garden located behind the Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, California, USA in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Santa Clara Valley. Formerly owned by James Phelan, upon his death, it turned to a non-profit organization dedicated to artistic endeavors. An amphitheater and villa, among other small buildings, host arts programs and musical events year round. A landscaped arboretum garden in front of the villa is a popular site for weddings.

The Wrigley Botanical Gardens are located on Catalina Island, off the shore from Los Angeles, California, USA. Catalina Island’s temperate marine climate made it possible to showcase plants from every corner of the earth. The Garden places a special emphasis on California island endemic plants. Many of these plants are extremely rare, and some are on the Endangered Species list.

M. Young Botanic Garden
14178 West Kearney,
Kerman, California

The M. Young Botanic Garden is a 2.5 acres botanical garden located at Kerman, California, USA. Every plant used in this Botanic Garden is drought-tolerant.



You forgot to mention the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley!
The UC Botanical Garden is a non-profit research garden and museum for the University of California at Berkeley, having a notably diverse plant collection including many rare and endangered plants. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes over its 34 acres.

I confess to be astounded that you did not include the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley in your listing of California gardens. Besides being 34 glorious acres in Strawberry Canyon, this garden houses one, if not the, most diverse collections of plants (including the largest California native plant collection) in North America. You rightfully mention the Tilden Regional Park and Blake Gardens in our immediate area but this have only a very tiny fraction of our collection. In fact, based on a recent survey, the only other garden on your entire list that even comes close to our collection in terms of plant diversity is the Huntington, but there is no close second in North America that equals our wild collected material. Excuse me if I appear exacerbated but I cannot begin to understand this oversight.

It is incomprehensible that you have omitted what is perhaps the best botanical garden on the Pacific Coast. The UC Berkeley garden is one of the very best of its kind and a must see for the interested public.

I believe that UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens has been added already. We have updated the list already. Thank you guys for notifying us.

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The genus Puya is a large group of South American bromeliads, with 168 species listed in a 1974 monograph. Many species of Puya have showy inflorescences and unusual flower colors, and Puya spathacea, from north-central Argentina, is an excellent example.

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