Backyard Exploration

We often think of nature as occurring in remote wild areas, but there’s no reason you can’t have the diverse wonders of nature in your own backyard! The Backyard Exploration Garden is designed using commercially available plants as an example of how home gardeners can enhance the pollinator and wildlife value of their gardens. It received the National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat certification.


The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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