Other Gardens and Collections

The Harrisons' Future Garden

Future Garden for the Central Coast of California is a major art and science project by internationally renowned eco-artists and UC Santa Cruz emeritus faculty Newton Harrison and his late wife and lifelong collaborator, Helen Meyer Harrison. The site-specific environmental art installation is located in the three geodesic domes and the surrounding garden just beyond our succulent garden, below the Horticulture buildings. The Harrisons worked with scientists at UC Santa Cruz and botanists at the Arboretum, along with other artists, scientists, and visionaries, to create trial gardens within the domes in which native plant species are subjected to the temperatures and water conditions that scientists see for the region in the near future. Learn more about the Future Gardens, or listen to the artists talk about the project on KQED

The Laurasian Forest

This section serves to hold various interesting North American plants, particularly high-altitude Mexican species - many of whch are potentially of use in plant breeding or landscaping or in the development of student interest in the flora or the Western U.S.

World Conifers

conifersThough potentially of great scientific interest, conifers, as a group, are not well studied, mostly because of the unavailability of research material. In much of the world, conifers tend to be difficult garden subjects. In general they are highly intolerant of air pollution and poor-quality irrigation water. Some cannot tolerate summer rain. Others cannot tolerate frost. Few areas can grow more than a small number of species.

In establishing its conifer collection, the Garden capitalized upon its remarkable horticultural potential. The collection contains representatives of all nearly all known genera of conifers, with the exception of a genus unknown outside of China and a parasitic New Caledonian genus.

Primitive Flowering Plants

This collection contains "living fossils" among the world's flowering plants. They are of unusual interest because of the unlikelihood that ample fossil evidence of the earliest flowering plants will ever be found. The collection contains many difficult-to-grow species and is essentially unique. It has attracted scientists from far corners of the world and is now being used by molecular systematists, who hope to use modern methods to shed light upon the origins of flowering plants.


The South American Section

The South American section is sparingly planted with materials of instructional value. It is purposely located adjacent to the Landel's New Zealand Garden, in order to facilitate comparison of the New Zealand and Chilean floras and to create interest in past responses of living organisms to climatic and geologic changes.

California Entrance Garden

lupinThis garden is meant to be a repository and exhibit place for unusually attractive individuals found among our native species. Its functions include the encouragement of interest in our native flora, provision of a resource for plant breeders, and promotion of landscape design utilizing native plants.

Hummingbird Garden

There is no actual hummingbird garden, but Anna's hummingbirds are year-round residents and any place near the hummingbird 'hotspots' in the Arboretum could very well be the best place in California to see Allen's hummingbirds. The Allen's hummingbirds are here starting sometime in February and continuing through early or sometimes late summer.

North Temperate Forest Collection

Plants are from the temperate rather than tropical or arctic parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. On some of our maps it is called the Laurasian Forest, a reference to the theory of plate tectonics. The southern supercontinent was called Gondwana and the Northern was called Laurasia. After the break up by tectonic forces of the continents into North America, Europe and Asia (not including India) there remain some similar plant families from within these three major areas.

The Eucalyptus Grove

eucalyptus tourThe Grove, among the first areas planted in the Arboretum & Botanic Garden, consists largely of specimens donated by Max Watson, an admirer of the genus. Some of the trees are of species rare in nature or rare in California plantings. A few species are in flower at any given time of year, and thus, somewhere in the grove, nectar is readily available for hummingbirds and butterflies. Several trees are used by monarch butterflies as overwintering sites.