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Exploring the Desert Collection at the Fullerton Arboretum

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The biggest surprise of my early-August trip to Southern California  was the Arboretum at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), a.k.a. the Fullerton Arboretum . I knew from my wife and others that the Fullerton Arboretum had a desert garden, but I'd never been there myself.  Opened in 1979, the 26-acre Arboretum is located on the north end of the CSUF campus, right off the 57 Freeway  in northern Orange County . That made it an easy stop on my way from the Inter-City Show at the Los Angeles County Arboretum to where my daughter lives in southern Orange County. As you can see in this garden map , the Fullerton Arboretum is divided into four major living collections—the Cultivated Collection, the Mediterranean Collection, the Woodlands Collection, and the Desert Collection—as well as a few dedicated gardens, including the Community Gardens and the Children's Garden. I managed to get lost (literally) in the Woodlands Collection, which takes up about half of the Arboretum