Points of Interest

From the ancient redwood tree on San Francisquito Creek (under which Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola camped in 1769) to the century-old palms that line the entrance to the campus, Stanford University enjoys a long and unique horticultural heritage.


The Stanford University campus is home to many wonderful garden locations and beautiful plant specimens.  It can be difficult to see all there is to see without someone to guide you.  Need some help?  Below are links to special sites, significant trees and special walking tours that can help you enjoy your exploration of the campus.

Special Sites

In Special Sites you will find many of the extraordinary gardens maintained by Grounds Services.  Utilizing the campus map and the site descriptions and photos will help you plan a wonderful garden tour.

Significant Trees

Significant Trees are historic, old or otherwise rare tree specimens, which can be viewed around the campus.  Like our Special Sites, we provide a map, photos and descriptions of a variety of trees for you to visit while at Stanford.

Walking Tours

Many arriving students and their families, and other visitors, take a campus tour when they first arrive at Stanford University.  While Visitor Information Services offers a variety of wonderful campus tours, the Grounds department has a few suggestions for self-guided tours you can take to enjoy the horticultural aspects of the campus.

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