Our Puya is blooming again!

Yes, those colors are real. Check out what else is blooming at the Arboretum.

Arboretum members:
Come the the annual meeting and Arb-B-Que! Sept. 21.
Details here


Welcome to my garden!

Don't miss the opportunity to tour the Arboretum's collections with the people who know them best, the curators and directors! Reservations required. More information can found here.


Free Guided Tour, 1st Saturday, every month
Free with your Arboretum admission.

Community Day, 1st Tuesday, every month
Free admission to the Arboretum, all day.


Learn about the Arboretum's Koala Blooms program! flamboyant image


Details about Arboretum events can be found by visiting the Arboretum Calendar


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The Ray Collett Rare & Extraordinary Plants Lecture Series presents:
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Dr. Peter Raven: Saving Plants, Saving Ourselves
Tuesday, September 9, 2014—7:00pm talk (no potluck)
Arboretum members $5, Non-members $10, UCSC students – free.

Please note: This will be a well-attended event. Please register here to reserve a seat ahead of time.

"You can't save biodiversity in isolation you can only save it in a sustainable world."

Come meet Peter H. Raven, one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and global biodiversity. His ability to communicate his passion in plain language infused with humor to all audiences make him an extraordinary humanist and conservationist of our time. Described by TIME Magazine as a "Hero for the Planet", Dr. Raven comes to Santa Cruz to talk on the importance of protecting global botanical diversity. [More...]

Arboretum menmbers, come to the

Friends of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Annual Arb-B-Que and meeting!

diners at the ArbBQ

Sunday, September 21 in the Australian Upper Picnic Area

For members of the Friends of the UCSC Arboretum, in the Australian upper picnic area.
Annual meeting, barbecue and awards

  • 4:00 Drinks and appetizers
  • 5:00 BBQ and potluck
  • 6:00 Friends of the Arboretum annual meeting and award recognition

More details, including information about the annual meeting, can be found on the Arb-B-Que page. You can RSVP here!

Visit the UCSC Arboretum!

A world-class collection of flora from around the globe

More than four decades of dedication, horticultural expertise, and hard work have created an extensive collection unmatched anywhere else in the world!

With the largest collection of Australian and New Zealand plants outside of their native countries, the most diverse collection of eucalyptus and their relatives to be found in one easy-to-access area, an unmatched collection of conifers and other trees, and extensive representatives of South African Proteas, and native California flora, the UCSC Arboretum is home to a world-class living collection. Come and see native flora from around the globe, including California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Chile. The UCSC Arboretum offers many rich opportunities for casual visitors, researchers, students, members, and friends. You can find more information by visiting our About page. You can view some items of seasonal interest here.

The UCSC Arboretum is open each day from 9 am to 5 pm. (Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.) Directions and information about admission can be found here.

Weddings and Events at the UCSC Arboretum

wedding reception in Australian Garden Looking for a place to hold your wedding or other special event? The UCSC Arboretum offers a world of choices.