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Flowers at UCSC arboretum



The University of California, Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden’s is a collection of gardens containing more than 300 plant families of Mediterranean climates. The Arboretum is 135 acre, full of rare and unique plant species. The garden has collections of rare and threatened plants as well as those of unusual interest. Some of the specialties are world conifers, primitive angiosperms, and bulb-forming plant families. Large of the plants are from AustraliaNew ZealandSouth Africa, and California natives. They are on display in the gardens, which are opened year round. Many of the species in these collections are not otherwise available for study.

The gardens are a favorite stop of hummingbirds in March during the hummingbird migration season in Northern CaliforniaThey feed on the flowers and perform courtship flights.

Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography

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