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Loren Price

UCR Botanic Gardens

University of California, Riverside Campus, California, USA

14:00, June 23, 2006

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Nestled in the foothills of the Box Springs Mountains on the east side of the University of California, Riverside Campus, the UCR Botanic Gardens covers 40 hilly acres. Wander over four miles of scenic trails or just relax on a bench and enjoy the beauty.

The Gardens is a living plant museum with more than 3,500 plant species from around the world for visitors and researchers to see and study. It was established primarily for teaching purposes. In a beautiful setting, the Gardens serves to provide a wide assortment of plant materials for courses at UCR and other local schools. Courses supported include anthropology, art, biology, botany, ecology, entomology, landscape plants, morphology, ornamental horticulture, plant pathology, photography and taxonomy. The Gardens also provides plant materials for various research projects and serves to test and exhibit plant species introduced from all parts of the world. The variable terrain and Riverside's subtropical climate create numerous "microclimates" which allow for the notable diversity of plantings. This wealth of vegetation creates a hospitable sanctuary for wildlife, where nearly 200 bird species have been officially observed.

Off in the background, you can see the Geodesic Lath Dome, an intriguing structure housing a special collection of cycads and other subtropical plants. To find out more, go to http://www.gardens.ucr.edu/

Location

USA-Canada / USA-California

Lat: 33° 58' 8.76" N
Long: 117° 19' 4.8" W

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