The UCR Botanic Gardens is a 40-acre living plant museum with more than 3,500 plant species and thousands of specimens from around the world, focusing on plants from Mediterranean climate (dry summer) and arid lands, similar to California and the desert southwestern US. As a part of the UC Riverside campus, the Botanic Gardens is utilized for teaching, research, and demonstration purposes, as well as for enjoyment and appreciation of nature. The variable elevation and topography of the Gardens and Riverside's subtropical climate create numerous microclimates that allow for the notable diversity of plantings as well as an abundance of wildlife.
The UCR Botanic Gardens are UCR's living museum, curated to inspire and facilitate education, research, and interpretation of the natural world.
The mission of the UCRBG is to promote campus and community engagement in nature, gardens, and conservation. We aim to create a sense of place at UCR where visitors can experience, learn about, and help protect our nature oasis.