University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens

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University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens
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UCR Botanic Gardens
LocationRiverside, California, U.S.
Coordinates33°58′31″N 117°20′23″W / 33.9754°N 117.3396°W / 33.9754; -117.3396Coordinates: 33°58′31″N 117°20′23″W / 33.9754°N 117.3396°W / 33.9754; -117.3396
Area40 acres (16 hectares)
Opened1963 (1963)
CollectionsMediterranean climates,
American southwest

The University of California, Riverside, Botanic Gardens are 40 acres (16.2 ha) 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 (6 km) of trails wind through many microclimates and hilly terrain.


Palmetto Sunrise flowers at the gardens

The UCR Botanic Gardens are actually composed of two parts: the overall UCR campus and the 40-acre (160,000 m2) 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.[1]

A support organization, Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens, was established in 1980. A popular bi-annual Botanic Gardens Plant Sale provides greater visibility and community support for the gardens.[2]

Collections organized by species[edit]

Collections organized by geographical origin[edit]

Wild animals[edit]

The gardens are home to 195 bird species, ranging from kites, mallards, falcons and kestrels to quail, plovers, swallows, starlings and woodpeckers. Mammalian residents include California ground squirrels, Audubon cottontails, kangaroo rats, gophers, coyotes, gray foxes, opossums, pack rats, skunks and bobcats. Reptiles, including turtles, lizards of many kinds, and snakes, ranging from gopher snakes to the venomous rattlers, also populate the gardens. Amphibian residents include bullfrogs, western toads, salamanders and Pacific Tree Frog. Fishes include koi and carp.

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  1. ^ Holt, Jodie S. (Winter 2001). "UC Riverside: Botanical and Related Pest Management Programs" (PDF). Noxious Times. California Interagency Noxious Weed Coordinating Committee. 3 (3). Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  2. ^ Córdova, France A. (August 26, 2003). "In Memory of Dr. Louis C. Erickson". Ans (Mailing list). Retrieved 2007-11-07.

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