American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Big City Biodiversity: UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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Mon June, 04 - 10:00am to 7:30pm
Los Angeles
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This tour has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The city of Los Angeles is in the heart of the second largest metropolitan area in the country and its four million human residents aren’t the only ones who call it home. Located within California’s Floristic Province—one of the world’s 35 biodiversity hotspots—LA’s gardens, parks, backyards, and sidewalk cracks boast a wide range of plants and animals. Join this tour to learn about the remarkable biodiversity of the Los Angeles region as seen through two oases in the big city.

The tour will begin at the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, a 7.5-acre garden on the UCLA campus. The botanically diverse and mature garden is a stark contrast to the towering buildings that surround it. After touring the garden, we’ll eat lunch at the newly constructed La Kretz Garden Pavilion and hear about the work of UCLA scientists who study urban biodiversity. Following lunch, we will head to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County for a tour of the Nature Gardens, 3.5-acres of reclaimed parking lots designed specifically to attract and study wildlife in an urban setting.

After the tour, participants will have free time to explore the Museum’s world-class exhibits. Our day will end with an exclusive, after-hours reception in the Otis Booth Pavilion and Nature Lab, an award-winning exhibit about LA’s urban nature. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments with museum scientists and educators as we wait out the infamous LA traffic in style before heading back to the conference hotel.