Arizona Cactus Garden

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Arizona Cactus Garden at Stanford University
Arizona Cactus Garden, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA.JPG
View of Arizona Cactus Garden at Palo Alto, California
Typepark, botanical garden, cactus garden
LocationStanford, California, United States
Coordinates37°26′9.31″N 122°10′16.03″W / 37.4359194°N 122.1711194°W / 37.4359194; -122.1711194Coordinates: 37°26′9.31″N 122°10′16.03″W / 37.4359194°N 122.1711194°W / 37.4359194; -122.1711194
Created1883 (1883)
Another view of the garden

The Arizona Cactus Garden, or, officially, Arizona Garden (17,000 square feet or 0.16 hectares), also known as the Cactus Garden, is a botanical garden specializing in cactus and succulents.[1][2][3] It is located on the campus of Stanford University (within the Stanford University Arboretum, and near the Stanford Family Mausoleum and the Angel of Grief), Stanford, California, USA, and open to the public daily without charge.


The garden was first planted between 1880 and 1883 for Jane and Leland Stanford to a design by landscape architect Rudolph Ulrich.[1] It was planned to be adjacent to their new residence, and part of the larger gardens for the Stanford estate. However, the home was never built. The garden was regularly maintained until the 1920s after which it fell into great disrepair.


Volunteer restoration work began in 1997 and is ongoing. Notwithstanding decades of neglect, some of the original plants remain. The garden now contains approximately 500 cacti and succulents in 58 beds, broadly divided into two major sections. The Eastern Hemisphere section is planted with aloes, jade plants and other succulents from Europe, Asia, and Africa, and the Western Hemisphere section holds cacti native to the Americas. Historic plants, comprising some 10-15% of the plantings, have been left in their original locations. As of August 2016, the plants were not labeled.

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  1. ^ a b "Arizona Garden". Building and Grounds Maintenance. Stanford University. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  2. ^ Salem, Avi (3 June 2016). "The secret garden". Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  3. ^ Joyce, Alice (30 June 2004). "Stanford's Victorian cactus garden reawakens". SFGate. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Pacific Horticulture Society - Rudolph Ulrich's Arizona Gardens". Retrieved 7 November 2017.