UCLA Gardens & Parks
Facilities administrators visiting from all over the world consistently remark on the beauty of the UCLA campus and marvel at the maintenance of the grounds. As the campus continues to grow, it is important to appreciate the University’s commitment to preserving the landscape and providing an aesthetically pleasing open space.
In every quadrant of campus, it is easy to find a lovely piece of grass or a serene plaza where you can eat your lunch, gossip with a co-worker, take a nap, read a book, or just people-watch. The main greenway on campus extends from Murphy Hall west to Drake Stadium. Dickson Plaza, home to the annual staff picnic, is transected with walkways lined by mature ficus trees. Traveling west to the open lawn panels of Royce Quad, a stop at Shapiro Fountain is highly recommended. While you are sight-seeing, take in the grand panoramic view of Wilson Plaza, the athletic fields, and the residence halls. This is definitely a photo opportunity. A quick jog down the original 87-step entrance to the University, Janss Steps, and you arrive at the crossroads of the Fowler outdoor amphitheatre, Bruin Hills, and Wilson Plaza. The Inverted Fountain near Franz Hall is also worth a special trip.
Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden
The five-acre Sculpture Garden is a popular spot for students and staff in North Campus. The area features more than 70 sculptures displayed among beautiful Brazilian Jacaranda trees, and the hardscape perimeter is lined with South African Coral trees. The cool grassy lawn panels invite you to stay a while and enjoy the beauty of art and nature. The area is wireless-enabled if you find that you must work while in this lovely setting.
Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
A walk into this tranquil seven-acre garden and you quickly forget you are in the city. The grounds are located on the southeast corner of campus, off Tiverton Drive. The "living museum" is home to over 5,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants from around the world. It features sloping paths and its streams host frogs, turtles, and goldfish. The tallest Dawn Redwood in North America grows near the center of the garden beside a stream. Two Eucalyptus grandis trees, natives of the Australian rain forest, are among the tallest specimens in the United States. The garden features collections of Malaysian rhododendrons, lilies, bromeliads, cycads, ferns, and native Hawaiian plants. You may go on a docent-guided tour or enjoy the environs on your own.