UC Santa Cruz Botanical Garden Funhappytime

UC Santa Cruz Botanical Garden Funhappytime:

I have the extreme good fortune to live in one of five Mediterranean Climate regions of the world…California!  BUT…if I didn’t live in this sun-kissed, natural wonderland, and had to pick one other region of the world to live in, it would be South or Western Australia.

Protea magnifica
Protea magnifica, South Africa

Or South Africa.

…or maybe the central coast of Chile…

…or maybe somewhere along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea…

All incredible places on this planet!

By definition, these “Mediterranean Climate” regions are characterized by warm to hot, dry summers and mild to cool wet winters. (Wikipedia has an excellent description of Mediterranean climates:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediterranean_climate

In short, in California we can grow lots of beautiful plants from regions of the world that share our climate.

banksia
Banksia, Australia

Recently, some friends and I did the next best thing to a world tour of the Mediterranean regions- we went to the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, an invaluable treasure in Santa Cruz, California.  The UCSC Arboretum houses the largest collection of Australian and South African plants outside of their native countries and is home to a world-class living collection of fauna from California, Australia, South Africa,  New Zealand and Chile.   The regal Proteas and Banksias alone are reason enough to visit the arboretum. Go if you ever have the chance!
http://arboretum.ucsc.edu/