Beautiful Riverside California botanical gardens UC Riverside

This week Matthew asked me, “Do you want to take a walk?” Our walk brought us through the UC Riverside campus. I saw a sign saying “botanical garden” ahead so I pointed it out and hoped he would say “Oh yeah you want to go there?” I was a little sad when he didn’t, but, surprise! He surprised me with our destination being the UCR botanical garden! I was in Heaven. I couldn’t wait to get to the herb garden. At one point we were even surrounded by a professor and his class where we stood and learned about plants adapting to grow in arid environments. (Fun fact: did you know cutie oranges were developed at UCR?)

I loved all of the different lavender plants we saw. Lavender is soothing, comforting, calming… not to mention having the ability to be used in culinary dishes.  I have one lavender plant at home, and I’m going to move it to a more sunny spot in a few weeks where it will grow even bigger. I’m also going to seed some more lavender plants this week, as I am wanting to try my hand at making my own essential oils this summer.  For those of you that like lavender, here is a link to Trouvés’ vanilla lavender soy candle.

After our brisk walk I sprayed my face with Trouvés’ new rosewater spray (on the website for sale soon!), which freshened up and clarified my slightly oily face.

uc riverside botanical garden flowering bush uc riverside botanical garden purple taller ground cover uc riverside botanical garden  alstroemeria flowers

Very cool plant covering roof gazebo
Very cool plant covering gazebo roof
reminds me of France
reminds me of France

flowers wall

yellow tulips
yellow tulips
Insects of the UC Riverside botanical garden
Insects of the UC Riverside botanical garden
beautiful wings
beautiful wings

uc riverside botanical garden pink flowers cactus

Wall at the Gage Canal
Wall at the Gage Canal
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