The Cal State Northridge Botanic Garden has evolved over the years since its dedication in 1959. Originally planted with California natives, the 1.5-acre Garden and Greenhouse Complex is now a collection of some 1,200 plant species representing many regions and climates.
Nestled between the University Student Union and Chaparral Hall, the Botanic Garden and its four greenhouses are:
* a living library of diverse plant specimens
* an outdoor classroom for students of all ages and interests
* a beautiful refuge for quiet study or strolling
* an ever-changing setting to paint or sketch
* a valued community asset
The Garden is a vital academic resource. CSUN students use specimens for class assignments and research projects in biological principles, plant biology, plant ecology, plant morphology, plant physiology and entomology. Students of ethnobotany, paleogeology, art, design, photography and film find inspiration here.
The Garden is open to the public. Visitors can explore areas devoted to cacti and succulents, tropical plants, California native plants, New Zealand plants, palms, herbs, butterfy plants, and much more. Inquisitive squirrels, beautiful butterflies and many species of birds and insects entertain the observer.
The Garden is an important community resource. Staff members welcome student groups from surrounding schools, community groups, and film companies to the Garden. The Garden offers free classes on a variety of horticultural topics to local gardeners through the CSUN-al Gardening Series.