Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Touring the UCSC Arboretum

Last Saturday, I spent the morning touring the UCSC Arboretum with one of the garden clubs I belong to. I really enjoy this arboretum, especially at this time of year because many of the collections are in bloom. There is an emphasis on Mediterranean garden plants from South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and California. Although the garden isn't formal, I've always had a fun time tramping about and taking pictures. The hummingbirds are particularly fun to watch, with their mating displays and other antics. First the club was given a short history of the Arboretum by Ron Arruda, the curator of the South African Collection. Then, a few of the volunteers spoke about volunteer opportunities available. I love Proteas and Leucadendrons so I'll share a few of my pictures:

Protea Nerifolia 'Bishop Desmond Tutu'

Leucadendron argentatum
This plant is a 30 foot tree

In addition to the gardens, there is a gift and plant shop called Norrie's. It is completely run by volunteers and you can purchase plants that have been propagated by the volunteers from plants found in the gardens.

Close up of the yellow Leucadendron

Here are some cuttings from the gardens. You can see how just a few of these plants make fantastic arrangements:
Leucospermum (Pincushion flowers)

A variety of Leucadendron

History of the Arboretum:

Arboretum main web page


mmw said...

More proteaceae please!

I've been dying to get down there, but I'm just too lazy. If you take more pictures, then I won't have to!

CoastalCAGardener said...

There's a "Days of Wine and Proteas" Event on April 1st at 1:30pm as listed on the UCSC Arboretum calendar
Also there are some more photos from the same day by another photographer if you follow this link to the Monterey Bay Master Gardener's website

LostRoses said...

Proteas are quite the odd flower, aren't they? Guess you'd only need one or two to fill a vase!