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Sunday, May 03, 2015

UCR Botanic Gardens,


Admission and Parking
Admission is a $5 suggested donation and contributions are always gratefully accepted.  There is limited parking by the entrance which has a modest charge for a temporary permit.  The permits may be purchased at the dispenser just inside the Gardens' entrance gates. For overflow parking, use pay Lot 10 at the base of the Gardens' entrance drive.
Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair accessible routes are indicated on the Map of the UCR Botanic Gardens, available at the entrance. The main features of the Gardens' lower and middle elevations are wheelchair accessible, and accessibility is continually being improved.
For your own protection and to protect the plantings and wildlife, we ask you to respect the following guidelines:
  • Professional Photography is not permitted in the Gardens per UCR Policy 700-10 and UCR Policy 700-15
  • No smoking
  • Only guide dogs allowed, otherwise no pets
  • No bicycles, skateboard or rollerblades
  • Stay on trails
  • Alcohol and firearms are prohibited
  • Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult
  • Do not disturb or injure plantings or wildlife

Horticultural Collections
Alder CanyonCool and shady, Alder Canyon features California native riparian trees under-planted with azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas and ferns
Rose GardensWith over 300 old and new selections - a cross section of species roses, heritage varieties, miniatures, floribundas, grandifloras and hybrid teas, including current AARS award winners
Herb GardenFilled with aromatic, culinary, dye and medicinal plants from around the world
Cactus GardenDisplaying hundreds of cacti, ocotillos, agaves, yuccas and other plants with curious forms and spectacular blossoms
Iris GardenFeaturing more than 150 named bearded iris cultivars in a rainbow of colors
Lilac LaneTrue lilacs, selected for their ability to flower in our mild-winter climate
Subtropical Fruit OrchardFeaturing citrus, guavas, sapotes, avocados, macadamia nuts and many other subtropical fruit trees for demonstration and trial
Geographical Collections
South African GardenSpectacular displays of aloes, iceplants, naked ladies, and South African wildflowers in season
Southwest Deserts SectionAn extensive collection of Southwest U.S. desert plants with emphasis on those native to the Mojave and Colorado Deserts (see Deserts of the Southwest self-guided tour booklet)
Sierra Foothills SectionExhibiting Chaparral and Foothill Pine Woodland plants such as foothill pine, mountain mahogany, California buckeye, fremontia, sumacs and yuccas
Boysie Day Baja Calif. GardenWith rare and bizarre plants such as boojum tree, palo adán, elephant tree, lomboy and slipper plant
Australian SectionSpecializing in Eucalyptus, bottlebrushes, melaleucas, grevilleas and acacias
Temperate Deciduous Forest
A selection of trees and shrubs from temperate China and the Eastern U.S. including paper mulberry, dawn redwood, golden rain tree, liquidamber and maples.
Other Features
Geodesic Lath Dome
An intriguing structure housing a special collection of cycads and other subtropical plants
Hiking trails
More than four miles of trails traversing the Gardens from top to bottom
Plant Families Comparative CollectionA wealth of plants grouped to show their relationship to each other regardless of geographical origin
PondIrises, cattails, koi, turtles and more

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