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University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens

900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521-9800
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Watch for gardens sales!

This is a great place to buy plants when they have their sales. Walk through the free (donations... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2017
Theresa H
Riverside, California
Easy Trails to Walk

We spent about two hours here and didn't see everything. There are many trails to explore at some... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2017
Joan H
San Bernardino, California
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900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521-9800
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Reviewed 15 June 2017

This is a great place to buy plants when they have their sales. Walk through the free (donations requested) gardens, sit in the shade and smell the roses (beautiful rose garden!), and then look for the flowers you'd like in your own gardens. Parking fee...More

Thank Theresa H
Reviewed 2 June 2017

We spent about two hours here and didn't see everything. There are many trails to explore at some future date. We were a little late in the season to see and photograph the many varieties of cacti in bloom. We really enjoyed the rose garden...More

Thank Joan H
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Every year I seem to find myself in a walk through the botanic garden. I get a good idea or two for native and drought tolerant plants. For folks with an interest in birding there are a wide variety of birds. Check out the web...More

Thank eahjob
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Parking is 2.00 but worth it. The cactus gardens are spectacular and there are more cactus than you can imagine exist. It is free but it donation of five dollars is requested and it's well worth $5. It is a huge area and really great...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Wonderful place to take an easy stroll or a vigorous walk. Your choice! The plant varieties are plentiful, every season brings something new to see. Birds and butterflies are an added bonus, as well as the turtles in the pond. Twice a year the "Friends...More

1  Thank John E
Reviewed 3 March 2017

This is a location especially interesting for gardeners and persons interested in native plants. Well laid out and great docents when available.

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Even if you are not an avid horticulturist, this garden offers lots to see and a pleasant setting for a stroll. Even in winter there are species worth viewing.

Thank alwaysonthewater
Reviewed 21 February 2017

This garden is very spacious and peaceful. Lots of trees. Good for a nice walk with friends or family. There is a turtle pond and some greenhouses, overall great place to visit

Thank crivers725
Reviewed 4 December 2016

We found the Botanical Gardens enchanting. We bumped into staff along out peripatetic wanderings. Each person was knowledgeable and eager to share tidbits about the park and its environs with us.... A very pleasant time indeed!

Thank FredSimson
Reviewed 25 November 2016

The UCR Botanic Gardens are a bit different from the standard botanical gardens you might expect. The gardens are set out among trails that meander up and down hills - and also include a couple of greenhouses. There is one rose garden but for the...More

2  Thank GareThere
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sonia g
24 September 2015|
Response from Friedrich B | Reviewed this property |
not that I am aware of; the parking is limited, though
sonia g
24 September 2015|
Response from 8888liz8888 | Reviewed this property |
Suggested donation is $5, you can simply just ignore the donation box, like most people do.