The Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz.

The California University system provides me with 3 botanical  gardens all within reasonable driving distance. This year, I have had to postpone my annual spring road trip due to unexpected business commitments, so last weekend I took a 48 hour whirlwind tour to the central coast to visit  the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. This is a great winter garden; the Proteas, Banksias and Grevillias are all in bloom, and their collections of these genera are impressive.

Unfortunately, the tags were hard to find, and I was intent on photos. Wish I had some better ID info to share.


  1. Since I can't actually grow these it's wonderful to just admire the photos without identification...gorgeous ! Every one...

  2. Proteas, Banksias and Grevillias all incite climate and zone envy in me.


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