The Bulletin

is a publication of the Friends of the UCSC Arboretum.

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The Patrick Elvander Taxonomy Trail

A guide for botany students, botanists, and other plant lovers.
This guide is meant to be used as an aid to those studying plant families in a taxonomy or systematics course, but can be used by anyone who wants a 1 and 1/2 mile walk through some of the major gardens at the Arboretum.

Native American Uses of California Plants: Ethnobotany

People have taken from and tended the land in California for more than 12,000 years. Learn more in this illustrated brochure and guide to some of the Entrance Natives Garden.

California Native Plants:


The Bulletin

A publication of the Friends of the UCSC Arboretum

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Fall, 2014

Vol 38, Num. 2 & 3

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  • Our Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, October 11, 2014
    • 10 am - noon for members; noon - 4 pm general public.
    • Lots of drought tolerant plants available!
  • New hybrids
  • Introduction to Executive Director, Jessica Fiske Bailey
  • The wonders of caring for a living collection
  • Students who got key work experience at the Arboretum
  • Farewell to a long-time supporter
  • Calendar of Events

Spring, 2014

Vol 38, Num. 1

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  • The Australians Are Coming
  • Save the Date: Spring Plant Sale
  • Tips on Surviving the Drought
  • Arboretum Contributes to Science
  • Jennifer Macotto
  • Bill Grant
  • Native Bee Sign
  • Interpretive Signage and Faculty Vignettes
  • From the Director, Thoughts on droughts: past, present and future
  • Remembering Jane McHenry

Winter, 2013–2014

Vol 37, Num. 3 & 4

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  • Art in the Arboretum
  • Taking Strides to Thrive
  • The Australian Rock Garden
  • Science Council Update
  • Jessica Fiske Bailey
  • Volunteer Training and Orientation Classes
  • A Letter from Todd (Newberry)
  • From the Director, Super Charged Typhoons, Biodiversity Conservation, Education and Highlights

Fall, 2013

Vol 37, Num. 1 & 2

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  • Wildfires Rip Through Arboretum Research Sites in the Sierra and in the Santa Monica Mountains: What the Arboretum Can Do
  • “The Arboretum Changed My Life”
  • news & notes:
    • Fire Near the Arboretum Doused Quickly
    • Solar energy research conducted by UCSC professor and NASA
    • Arboretum Will Collect Entrance Fees Every Day
    • $300,000 available in matching funds, if we raise that much by June 2014
    • Fall Plant Sale Saturday, October 12th
  • From the Director, Remembering Ray and his wonderful collections

Spring, 2013

Vol 36, Num. 3 & 4

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  • Sparrow Research Project: 10 years old and growing
  • Relearning Garden: a collaboration with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
  • news & notes:
    • Pop Up Museum
    • Planned Giving: ensuring the future of the Arboretum
    • Sponsor a Rare Plant
    • Ba-Ba-Banksia, song by Melinda Kralj
    • Spring Plant Sale, April 20
  • From the Director

Winter, 2013

Vol 36, Num. 1 & 2

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  • Tale of Two Collections (Conifers & Succulents
  • A letter celebrating the Arobretum's conifer collection
  • news & notes:
    • Preview of the Spring Plant Sale, April 20, 2013
    • The Associates are now Friends: Annual Meeting
    • Memorial Bench for Emily Clark
    • Gift and Wreath Sale a Success
    • Student Intern Apprenticeships Increase
    • Planned Giving: Ensuring the Arboretum's Future
    • Sponsor a Rare Plant
  • Haworthias and Other Window Plants for the Winter
  • From the Director

Winter, 2012

Vol 35, Num. 4

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  • California Naturalist Program Begins April 7!
    (Extensive course description and schedule)
  • Ray Collett, 1932 – 2012, Brett Hall
  • news & notes:
    • Spring Plant Sale, April 21, 2012, Helen Englesberg
    • Front Gate and Two Errant Drivers
    • Arboretum FUN(d) Raiser, March 20, 2012

Fall, 2011

Vol 35, Num. 3

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  • Dried Flower and Succulent Wreath Sale, Stephen McCabe
  • Volunteer Training Classes, Thursdays starting Jan. 12, 2012, Stephen McCabe
  • From the director—California Naturalist Program, Brett Hall
  • President's Corner, Mike Gerhold
    • From Surviving to Thriving
    • Conservation, Horticulture, Education, and Research
  • news & notes, Stephen McCabe
    • Plants
    • New on the website
    • Robert Grim 1914-2011
    • Development notes: gift possibilities and estate planning
    • News: Arboretum matching funds
    • Donors for labels
  • Thanks: plant sale and Flowers & Music of the World, May 29, 2011

Spring and Summer, 2011

Vol 35, Num. 1 & 2

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  • Plant Sale, including forty free plants, Oct. 8, 2011 Stephen McCabe
  • Another Reason to Plant Drought Tolerant Plants: You Will Reduce your Carbon Emissions – Arboretum Wins Carbon Fund Grant Stephen McCabe
  • From the director, Brett Hall
  • news & notes
    • Long-Term Funding Success, new Langenheim Endowment supports teaching and research at UCSC Arboretum, Tim Stephens
    • New Green Endowment supports students at UCSC Arboretum, Stephen McCabe & Tim Stephens
    • Short-term Funding is Down, Katie Cordes Laid Off
    • 5th Plant Research Symposium Promotes Sharing of Research Results, Stephen McCabe
    • News: Arboretum Matching Funds
    • Our Legacy Society
    • Eucalyptus Grove: New Labels and the Next Era, Melinda Kralj
  • From the director, Brett Hall
    • Conservation Collections to Conservation Gardens
    • Book Review: A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us. Author, Matt Ritter. Heyday Books
    • Heraclitus, Fire and FREMONTIA
    • Ray Collett’s Rare Violets
    • Darwinia Heaven in the Australian Rock Garden

Winter 2010-11

Vol 34, Num. 4

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  • Endangered Brazilian Species Flowers Beautifully 18 Years After It Arrives, Brett Hall
  • Native Plant “Week” April 10-24 & Plant Sale April 16, Stephen McCabe
  • From the director, Brett Hall
    • California Native Plant Week
    • Celebrating Rare Manzanitas
    • Gifts for Labels
    • Ray Collett’s Rare Violets
    • Darwinia Heaven in the Australian Rock Garden
  • news & notes
    • Bring your Membership Card
    • Hummingbird Days a Smashing Success
    • Volunteers Log Over 10,000 Hours in 2010! - Stephen McCabe
    • 5th Plant Research Symposium Promotes Sharing of Research Results - Stephen McCabe
    • Frans Lanting Photography Classes Help Raise Funds for Arboretum
    • Endowments for the Future
  • The UCSC Arboretum Worsleya procera Blossoms, Chris Willmers
  • Pruning tips, briefly

Fall 2010

Vol 34, Num. 3

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  • Dried Flower and Succulent Wreath Sale, Stephen McCabe
  • Maritime Chaparral Lecture
  • Volunteer Training Classes Set,Helen Englesberg
  • Book Review: Jean Langenheim's Autobiography Stephen McCabe
  • New Board Voted In
  • Arboretum Staff and Students Successfully Propagate Manzanita that is on the Brink of Extinction, Stephen McCabe
  • Ways to Give, Stephen McCabe

Summer 2010

Vol 34, Num. 2

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  • Anonymous Donors Lead the Way, Stephen McCabe
  • Brett Hall, Stephen McCabe
  • Fall Plant Sale, Helen Englesberg
  • Gardening Marathon
  • Library Donation Expands Eucalyptus Book Collection, Mary Ann Leer
  • Australian Books for Sale at Norrie's, Mary Ann Leer
  • Director’s Notes From the Garden: Moving Forward..., Brett Hall
  • Claudia Stevens, Arboretum and Amah Mutsun Receive Grant, Stephen McCabe
  • An Arboretum “Walk in the Garden” Quilt
  • In Memorium: Bill Lane Stephen McCabe

Winter 2009, Spring 2010

Vol. 33, Num. 4 / Vol 34, Num. 1

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  • Gardening Marathon & Spring Campaign, Stephen McCabe
  • Largest Volunteer Class Ever
  • New Student Group to Form to Help Arboretum,Stephen McCabe
  • Spring Plant Sale, Helen Englesberg
  • Growing Australian Mints, Stephen McCabe
  • Traditional Wisdom for Modern Restoration of a California Native Grassland, Rick Flores
  • Edna’s Echindna, Stephen McCabe
  • Arboretum Hosts Several Hundred People During Hummingbird Days
  • Volume 9 Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants Now Available.
  • Taxonomy Trail
  • Amphibian Watch
  • Butterfly Monitoring
  • Bird Research
  • Habitat Restoration Partnerships
  • Goal for Matching Funds for Student Workers Met and Another Challenge Set

Fall, 2009

Volume 33, Number 3

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  • Rallying for the Arboretum, Stephen McCabe and Brett Hall
  • Arboretum Accomplishments
  • Employees Laid Off
  • Volunteer Training Classes Begin
  • Coast Wood Mint—Stachys chamissonis Benth. Lamiaceae, Brett Hall
  • The Chinquapin, Helen Englesberg

Summer, 2009

Volume 33, Number 2

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  • Norrie's Celebrates 15 Years, Kathy Cairns
  • A letter from John Laird, recognizing the Arboretum
  • News & Notes:
    • Ron Aruda retires
    • New growing contract for natives
    • Norrie's tea
    • Admission fee update
    • Edna Vollmer remembered
    • Two nurseries join discount program: Gold Rush Nursery, NewGarden Nursery
    • Introducing Marelana Gustafson
  • Calendar of Events at the Arboretum

Spring, 2009

Volume 33, Number 1

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  • Santa Cruz Mountain Violets, Ray Collet
  • News & Notes:
    • Australian Fires
    • Jean Beevers'In Memorium
    • Australian Rock Garden, W. Australian Painting
    • Slosson Endowment Award
    • Hummingbird Day
    • Laguna Lagoons Restoration
  • First Hand Academic Experiences, Sara Reid
  • 2009 Members & Donors
  • New Pachyphytum & Echeveria hybrids available soon, Stephen McCabe

Winter 08/09

Volume 32, Number 4

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  • Academic Partnerships, Stephen McCabe
  • Buck-Eye Butter-Fly, Edna Vollmer
  • News & Notes:
    • Fall plant sale
    • Pacific Hort. subscription discount
    • Cal. Parks awards contract to Arboretum
    • Arboretum broadens relationships with CNPS
    • Yidumduma Bill Harvey visits
    • Bio 20b student tours
    • Fond farewell to Dick Dunn
    • Dried flower/succulent wreath sale
  • Cooleys Establish Curator Apprenticeship Challenge Fund
  • Book review, Intro. to Fire in California / Living with Fire

Fall 2008

Volume 32, Number 3

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  • Fall Plant Sale
  • Arboretum, Non-Profit of the Year, 2008
  • News & Notes:
    • Admission fee tubes report
    • Arboretum awarded grant
    • Australia plants and SODS
    • Sara Reid, new hire
    • Cal. Parks restoration project
    • Curator event in Eucalyptus Grove
  • First Hand Academic Experiences, Sara Reid
  • Book review, Cacti, Agaves, and Yuccas of Calif. & Nevada

Summer 2008

Volume 32, Number 2

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  • Collecting in New Zealand, Brett Hall
  • Collection Building in Chile, Tom Sauceda
  • News & Notes:
    • Introducing Jonica Marie Wilson and Katie Cordes
    • ACE volunteers
    • Native plant ethnobotanical brochure
    • Enhanced interpretation funded by Slosson Endowment
    • Arboretum recognizes student employees
    • New Lane Library acquisitions
    • Director of Education attend symposium
    • Letter of agreement to build Viet Nam collections
  • Collection Building from California, Stephen McCabe
  • Garden Admission Program & Changes in Membership Dues
  • Calendar of Events

Spring 2008

Volume 32, Number 1

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  • What's the buzz about bees?, Ann K. Fathman
  • Butterfly Monitoring Project Report, 2007
  • News & Notes:
    • Dried Flower & Succulent Wreath Sale; a Great Success!
      Patrick Elvander Taxonomy Trail Ready for a Visit
      California Department of Parks and Recreation and the Arboretum: Working Together
  • 2009 Spring Plant Sale Preview
  • Another Peak at the Andes, Patrick Jesse Worley
  • Calendar of Events

Winter 2007-2008

Volume 31, Number 4

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  • Conservation from Vietnam to Santa Cruz: Saving the Planet One Tree at a Time, Stephen McCabe
  • News and Notes:
    • Arboretum Director attends Museum Conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • Annual Volunteer Training Series Wednesdays beginning Jan. 9 – Feb. 13th, 2008
    • Fall Plant Sale Success
    • News from the Lane Library
    • Music Series Ends on High Note
    • The Christensen Fund,
    • New Funding for Culture in the Collections
  • Entrance Improvements, Gate and Stairway
  • Calendar of Events
  • A Message from Peggy Williams, Arboretum Associates President