Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA, Part One

Last November I visited the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA for the second time.

The first time (back in 2015) my visit was a complete fluke, we just happened to drive by. This visit I planned enough time to do more than just run through the desert garden, however the desert garden is where I started, naturally.

Aloe thraskii x Aloe marlothii

The desert garden seemed less "full" than on my last visit, as though some plants have been lost to age, drought, changes in garden care, who knows. There's still a lot of love though—especially since there is no admission charge.

Aloe arborescens

Kumara plicatilis, aka Aloe plicatilis

Aloe ferox

Aloe marlothii with Aloe Ferox

Yucca gigantea

Dracaena draco

Agave filifera

Colorfully stressed.

The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is a "7.5 acre public garden, outdoor classroom, and research facility on the UCLA campus" (source)

About Mildred E. Mathias herself the garden's website says this: "In addition to directing the UCLA Botanical Garden for many years, Dr. Mathias was known for her research in the Umbilliferae (carrot) family, as well as her leadership in the fields of botany, horticulture and conservation. During her career she helped establish major conservation areas in California and Costa Rica, and inspired a love of natural diversity in many students."

Notice that green mound in the foreground (below), it's a nice healthy patch of Deuterocohnia brevifolia, a bromeliad.

A bloom...

Work in progress, maybe contributing to my feeling the garden was less full of plants this time.

One might look at this image and see the opuntia fruit—the tuna—as a possible focus for browsing by hungry animals.

Well yes, but fallen pads are tasty too, evidently.


Aeonium lindleyi

Finally a couple images of where I wish I could have wandered!

Maybe next visit? Time to work on those connections!

On Friday I'll share photos of the subtropical woodlands, palms, ferns, bromeliads, and the like.

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In other news...
If you're local and looking to get out and about this Saturday, May 14th, I'll be doing a book signing event at Durant at Red Ridge Farms in Dayton, Oregon, come on out and say hi!

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  1. I haven't been there in years so thanks for sharing your visit. (Traffic in West LA isn't pleasant.) Best wishes with your book signing event!

    1. I don't remember any traffic snarls, but then again we were on vacation time...

  2. Some of those aloes are so tall and full of character. Reminiscent of Dr Seuss trees. Hope you get to sign lots of autographs.

  3. Those aloes with their long skirted trunks could be from another planet. Wonder how old they are? Very cool. Hope you meet some nice danger garden readers at your book signing :)

  4. Yes, fallen opuntia pads are pretty tasty, though I prefer them defanged and grilled with cheese.


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