When considering a vacation, or even just a day out with the family, why not consider visiting a local arboretum or botanical garden? You can enjoy a delightful getaway with a visit to one of these beautiful gateways to all that nature has to offer.
Arboretums and botanical gardens work to promote common respect and educate with a drive towards an appreciation of the world of gardening and the insects that work to pollinate our plants and flowers.
These nature monuments are just waiting to be discovered and welcome all visitors for a day of tranquility, enjoying their peaceful beauty. Make sure to check out one of the arboretums or botanical gardens listed below.
Jensen Botanical Gardens
8520 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael, CA 95609
The 3 1/2 Acre garden was founded in 1958 by Charles C. Jensen. After his retirement as a produce buyer. Mr. and Mrs. Jensen moved from their home in Oakland to their new property in Carmichael. They made regular trips to Oakland to bring back truckloads of plants and trees. The property already had Oaks, Coastal Redwoods, and blackberry brambles. He gradually cleared the land and began planting the many Magnolias, Azaleas, Dogwoods, and Japanese Maples, which were among the first plants brought from Oakland.
WPA Rock Garden
15th Ave Off Of Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95818
Although it is relatively small, you can’t see the entire garden from any one spot…and so you don’t always know what is around the corner! The winding and sloping paths are sprinkled with decomposed granite, small steps, and even rock “benches.” Many different and unusual types of plants and flowers live in this garden, and my kids just love to check them out! What they always beg to have time for, though, is a game of hide and seek!
International World Peace Rose Gardens
1317 15th St, Sacramento, CA 95814
International World Peace Rose Gardens transforms ordinary public spaces into vibrant, beautiful places of peace and inspiration. The Gardens are living reminders that peace begins within the hearts of each of us…in our thoughts, in our words, and in our actions. Every day, each one of us has an opportunity to make the world a better place. Everyone can make a difference!
UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden
448 La Rue Rd, Davis, CA 95616
The Arboretum occupies 100 acres along the banks of the old north channel of Putah Creek, in California’s Central Valley. Our collections include 22,000 trees and plants adapted to a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The plants are arranged in a series of gardens that represent different geographic areas, plant groups, or horticultural themes.
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