If you’re interested in seeing CSUN’s wildflowers and native vegetation up close you can download the free Self-Guided Tour that covers multiple locations. Among them are the EcoRegion Demonstration Garden, the Rainforest and fuel plant, the Botanic Garden, and the Food Garden. Each location is unique and displays the wide variety of plants present in the Southern California ecoregion.
The subtropical rainforest and connecting fuel plant is definitely worth a visit, either to explore the many beautiful plants or just to sit peaceful and enjoy the scenery. The high humidity is curtesy of more than 9,000 gallons of waste water and CO2 delivered daily to the lush landscape via an intricate gravity flow system.
The botanic garden was started in 1959 with only California native plants, but has since expanded to include more than 1,200 different species from a variety of climates and ecoregions. The diversity attracts butterflies, birds, and insects, and students and faculty from a variety of departments visit the garden for research purposes.