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.




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.
 

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Garden Tour Series:
Tom Sauceda
Welcome to my garden! a special tour with Tom Sauceda
Tuesday, October 7, 2014— Noon at the Hort II Bldg.
Join Tom Sauceda, the Curator of the Arboretum's New Zealand Collection, on a special, limited participants tour of the New Zealand Garden. Many unusual and fantastic plants await you with their odd forms revealing much about the forces that shaped their evolution. Tom has traveled extensively to New Zealand and is passionate about sharing information about this extraordinary collection with its spectacular and unique specimens.
More information on this and other tours in the series can be found here.
Reservations required. To register, please visit the UC Santa Cruz Garden Tour Series website.
 

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

 
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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.
 

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Garden Tour Series:
Melinda Kralj
Welcome to my garden! a special tour with Melinda Kralj
Tuesday, October 21, 2014— Noon at the Hort II Bldg.
Join Melinda Kralj, Curator of the Australian Collection on a special, limited participants tour of this outstanding garden, the largest collection of Australian plants outside of their homeland. Let Melinda introduce you to the fragrant Myrtle Family, which contains Eucalyptus, Callistemon, Melaleuca, and Leptospermum and the ancient Protea Family along with the hummingbirds who signal the presence of Grevilleas of every form.
More information on this and other tours in the series can be found here.
Reservations required. To register, please visit the UC Santa Cruz Garden Tour Series website.
 

Board Meeting, Friends of the Arboretum
Wednesday, October 22, 2014—5:00pm
 



November 2014
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Garden Tour Series:
Helen
Welcome to my garden! a special tour with Helen Englesburg
Tuesday, November 4, 2014— Noon at the Hort II Bldg.
Join Helen Englesburg,the Arboretum's Nursery Manager on a special, limited participants tour of the greehnouses. Helen has a magical touch for propagating and raising plants for the collections, especially the Australian and South Africa Gardens. Find out what it takes to raise plants for our sales and gardens. What challenges need to be overcome to successfully grow spectacular plants?
More information on this and other tours in the series can be found here.
Reservations required. To register, please visit the UC Santa Cruz Garden Tour Series website.
 

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.
 

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Garden Tour Series:
Stephen
Welcome to my garden! a special tour with Stephen McCabe
Tuesday, November 18, 2014— Noon at the Hort II Bldg.
Join Stephen McCabe, the Arboretum's Director of Research and Curator of Succulents on a special, limited participants visit to the greenhouses where Stephen conducts his own research as well as propagates the world’s largest Dudleya collection. Let the master of succulents guide you through the remarkable world of this large and varied collection of plants
More information on this and other tours in the series can be found here.
Reservations required. To register, please visit the UC Santa Cruz Garden Tour Series website.
 

Board Meeting, Friends of the Arboretum
Wednesday, November 19, 2014—5:00pm
 

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

 

Thanksgiving, Gift Shop and Arboretum Closed
Thursday, November 27, 2014
 



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

Garden Tour Euc. caesia
Saturday, December 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.
 

Board Meeting, Friends of the Arboretum
Wednesday, December 17, 2014—5:00pm
 

Christmas Day, Gift Shop and Arboretum Closed
Thursday, December 25, 2014
 



January 2015
Garden Tour Euc. caesia
Saturday, January 3, 2015—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, January 6, 2015—all day
1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.
 



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
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