- With more than 5,000 species of plants on eight acres, this primarily tropical and subtropical garden is one of the finest in the area. It was started in 1929, shortly after UCLA itself started in Westwood, and has since served as an important experimental garden. Among its achievements, it can boast growing vegetation like the eucalyptus, which has since become a Southern California staple. Originally called the UCLA Botanical Garden, it was renamed after Dr. Mildred Mathias in 1979, who made noted advances in horticultural studies during her almost 20 years as director of the garden. Admission is free.
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