This is a shady and beautiful walk through a lush canyon where the University of California showcases trees and plants from all over California, the eastern United States, Australia, China, and South Africa. Beautiful, wooded, and green, the botanic gardens at the University of California silhouette forty acres of wild mountainous topography on the eastern borders of the city of Riverside. Lodged beneath Box Springs Mountain, the gardens are a tranquil little slice of paradise crisscrossed by more than 4.0 miles of trail. Two verdant arroyos, Alder and Chancellor’s Canyons, meander through the preserve. The gardens contain more than 3,500 varieties of plant life. While the majority of the flora is native Californian, some species in the garden come from as far away as Africa and Australia.
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