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McConnell Arboretum

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McConnell Arboretum sits on the north side of the Sacramento River, just across the Sundial Bridge from the Turtle Bay Museum and is part of the Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

The McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens was the fourth phase of Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Mediterranean climate zones circle the Earth at about 30° to 45°latitude, both north and south of the equator. Regions included are the Mediterranean Basin from which it gets its name, South Africa, Chile, southern and western Australia, and California west of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

The Arboretum extends covers 200 acres. There are many gardens, each representing a different region or variation on the Mediterranean climate. Each of the Mediterranean climates is represented in the Gardens including a Chilean Garden, Mediterranean Basin Garden, South African Garden, Australian Garden, and California Garden. The Botanical Gardens portion of the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is the newest addition to Turtle Bay Exploration Park. The Gardens comprise 20 acres of Mediterranean-climate display gardens, a children's garden, a medicinal garden, and two water features.

The main entrance to the Gardens is just to the west of the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay on the north side of the Sacramento River. There is also an entrance on the west side located on Arboretum Drive, off North Market Street. There are direct links to the Sacramento River Trail and by crossing the Sundial Bridge, to the Turtle Bay Museum.

Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
Closed for Christmas and New Year's Day
The McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Nursery is located just outside Carl & Leah's Gate (the Garden West Entrance) and is Open to the public 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., seven days a week, year-round. It offers for purchase Mediterranean-climate zone species, California natives, ornamental grasses, and locally adapted perennials

East entrance.

Long walkway along the south side.

California native plants.

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