My fiancé Max and I are members of the UC Botanical Garden and find it to be a truly magical place. It’s one of our favorite places in the world and we visit at least weekly. Our latest visit to the garden led to an unforgettable adventure. Strolling through the herb garden toward the tropical…

Not one, but two plants of the world’s largest bromeliad species, Puya raimondii (Queen of the Andes), are flowering here at the UC Botanical Garden. In the wild, this rare plant species is found at about 12,000 ft in the Andes Mountains of Peru and Bolivia and doesn’t flower until it reaches 80 to 100…

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