This seven-acre botanical garden at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on the Westwood campus was founded in 1929 as an educational institution and research lab. Initially, the garden covered 31 acres and was located in the southeast corner of the college campus, next to the willow-covered arroyo. A seaside salvia scrub was planted on the dry hillsides, adding a selection of eucalyptus and ficus. The territory’s microclimate permitted the reproduction of tropical and subtropical vegetation; plants found in Australia and Hawaii were shown in themed gardens, among which were gymnasium, palm, succulent, aquatic and camellia plants.The first botanical garden manager, George K. Groenevegen, received the samples as a gift.
The garden thrived led by landscape designer Ralph Cornell from 1937 to the middle of 1950s. His associate Howard Troller projected a sub-tropical house and a rack and pinion conservatory in 1952, which was built for scientific studies in the north-western corner of the garden. In the period from 1956 to 1974, the garden was run by Mildred Mathias, and was given the name after her in 1979. The vegetation is organized thematically, in terms of geography, taxonomy or culture, and specific collections contain Malaysian rhododendrons, bromeliads, cages, ferns and bushes occurring in the Mediterranean environment.
February – October
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November – January
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