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The walk to the University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens from the residential dormitory Aberdeen-Inverness, was quite hot since it was a warm Thursday afternoon in the city. Eager and impatient I walked alongside Steve – a friend who accompanied me on this visit – on the sidewalk of parking Lot 10, near the Chemical Science building. Thus, approximately ten minutes away from arriving at the Gardens. The way there seemed to be pretty dessert like; the grass was dry along the sides of the road, almost ready to catch a fire, and the air was humid. However, once we arrived at the Gardens, the moss colored gate of the entrance to the Botanic Gardens was encased with never ending beautiful green plant vines. The gate held a sign in the middle that read, “UCR Botanic Gardens” in mustard colored bold letters. The vivid scenery of what I pictured before arriving was finally starting to piece together.
The UC Riverside Botanic Gardens is a living plant museum located in the foothills of the Box Springs Mountains on the east side of the campus (“Physical Site”). This part of campus was founded around the year of 1953 and became one of the earliest parts on the campus grounds in 1963 by a botanist man named, Dr. Frank Vasek. The original purpose for the Gardens’ establishment was for teaching purposes only (“About Us”). Thus, some of the Biology faculty wanted an outdoor place to perform their teachings and research better instead of working in a small workspace, such as a classroom. As of today, there is forty acres of garden and in these acres, there is over 10,000 plants, more than 3,500 species, and over four miles of trails to explore.

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