Finding the Arizona (Cactus) Garden at Stanford
Arizona or Cactus gardens were very popular in the late
1800s.This particular garden was planted in the late 1880s
by the Stanfords, adjacent to the site of their proposed
new residence at the Palo Alto Stock Farm. The home was
never built, and the Garden was abandoned during WWII.
For more than a decade a dedicated group has worked on
restoring the garden. Local cactus and succulent groups
have donated thousands of fascinating plants and today
the garden is once again home to a fabulous collection.
Maps don’t really show just where the Stanford Cactus Garden is.
It is easiest to park in the lot at Welch Road and Quarry Road and there’s a path through to the Cactus Garden directly opposite Welch Road. Parking is free after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.
From 280: Take Sand Hill Road east and continue till you reach Vineyard Road. Turn right on Vineyard. Turn right again at the end of Vineyard onto Quarry Road and then take the next left into the parking lot.
From 101 : Take Embarcadero Road and continue on it across El Camino Real where it becomes Galvez Street. Immediately bear right onto Arboretum Road. Turn left at the second signal onto Quarry Road. Turn left into the parking lot at Welch Road.
Alternative from 101: Take University Avenue and continue through town and across El Camino Real (it passes under University) into the main Stanford gate. The road becomes Palm Drive. Turn right at the first signal onto Arboretum Road. Turn left at the first signal onto Quarry Road. Turn left into the parking lot at Welch Road.