On-going events

First Saturday Tours

Join a docent-led tour on the first Saturday of the month. The tour is free with your Arboretum admission. Tours start at 11:00 in front of Norrie's Gift Shop.

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Talks, Lectures, and Pot-lucks

Check the bulletin board in the Horticulture II building for announcements of up coming events. Scholars, staff, and volunteers present talks on wide-ranging topics.

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On-going Volunteer Opportunities

Natives First Gardeners

This weeding group was formed to help with the Entrance Native Garden on Tuesday mornings at 9:00am. Enjoy a friendly group, and get involved in beautifying this ongoing project while enjoying the beauty of the California Native collection. Bring gloves, water, and sun protection.

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Kiwi Gardeners

Join this weeding and pruning group that meets every Tuesday morning 9:30- 12:30. Get involved enhancing the beauty of the New Zealand garden. Bring gloves and smiles. We provide the Kiwi vibe. Hope to see you mate, cheers!

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Aussie Weeders

This rousing group gathers 9am on Thursday mornings. The Australian Collections beam from their attention, and our garden visitors enjoy laughter and joy that is the Aussie Weeders.

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Euc. Grove Volunteers

Day and time varies, Contact Melinda Kralj at the Arboretum:

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Succulent Wreath Making

New volunteers are sought to join this ongoing group. Succulent wreaths are made by volunteers and sold through Norrie's and the annual Wreath Sale in November, providing much needed support to the Arboretum. Learn how to make these lovely living creations. Most Wednesdays 10am-noon, but call to confirm instruction will be available, 427-2998.

What's Happening at the Arboretum

All events are open to the public and free, except as noted. They are held in the Arboretum's Horticulture Building, unless otherwise stated.

The Arboretum is open daily for self-guided tours from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.




August 2014
Garden Tour Euc. caesia
Saturday, August 2, 2014—11:00am
1st Saturday of every month. Free with your paid admission to the Arboretum. Meet in front of Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop.
 

Community Day Bush Poppy
Tuesday, August 5, 2014—all day
1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.
 



September 2014
Community Day Bush Poppy
Tuesday, September 2, 2014—all day
1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.
 

Garden Tour Euc. caesia
Saturday, September 6, 2014—11:00am
1st Saturday of every month. Free with your paid admission to the Arboretum. Meet in front of Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop.
 

Arb-B-Que
 
          diners at the ArbBQ
Sunday, September 21, 2014—4:00 - 6:30pm
For members of the Friends of the UCSC Arboretum, in the Australian upper picnic area.
Annual meeting for members; potluck and barbecue.
  • 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, will be posted here as they become available.
 



October 2014
Garden Tour Euc. caesia
Saturday, October 4, 2014—11:00am
1st Saturday of every month. Free with your paid admission to the Arboretum. Meet in front of Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop.
 

Community Day Bush Poppy
Tuesday, October 7, 2014—all day
1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.
 

Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Held in conjunction with the California Native Plant Society

 
plant montage photo The sale will be held in the Arboretum's Eucalyptus Grove, on Empire Grade near the intersection of Western Drive, on the edge of the UC Santa Cruz campus.
 



November 2014
Community Day Bush Poppy
Tuesday, November 4, 2014—all day
1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.
 

Garden Tour Euc. caesia
Friday, November 7, 2014—11:00am
1st Saturday of every month. Free with your paid admission to the Arboretum. Meet in front of Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop.
 

Arboretum Holiday Gift and Wreath Sale, including Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop Open House
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
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The 30th Arboretum's annual Gift and Wreath Sale

 



March 2015
Hummingbird Days Hummingbird
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Children's craft activities, guided and self-guided tours, plants for sale that attract hummingbirds, and educational programs.
 



April 2015
Arboretum Spring Plant Sale (and California Native Plant Society Sale)
Saturday, April 18, 2015
telopea photo The sale will be held in the Arboretum's Eucalyptus Grove, on Empire Grade near the intersection of Western Drive, on the edge of the UC Santa Cruz campus.