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.




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

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.
 

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.
 

The Ray Collett Rare & Extraordinary Plants Lecture Series presents:
Greg King: Protecting the Wild and Scenic Smith River
Easter Lilies vs. Salmon: How Ornamental Plant Production Threatens California's Healthiest Fish Populations
Sunday, November 9, 2014—4:00pm
Award winning journalist Greg King presents his breathtaking photos of the Smith River, in the far northwestern corner of California, while discussing the threat of pesticides and other impacts to this last of the state's wild rivers.
[Details...]
 

Volunteer Coffee: learn about the dried flower and wreath sale
Tuesday, November 11, 2014—10:00am
In the patio between Hort. Bldgs. I and II
The Arboretum's Dry Flower, Succulent Wreath and Gourd artists are planning a coffee for Arboretum volunteers to let folks know what's in store for the Arboretum's Holiday Gift and Wreath sale November 22nd and 23rd. We sincerely hope you will come and support your fellow volunteers. Coffee, juice, and many delectable goodies will be in good supply. You can take in our works of art while you drink and munch to your heart's content. Hope to see as many as possible. Do join us!
 

California Native Plant Garden Phenology Workshop; The Science of the Seasons
Salvias along a walkway
Saturday, November 15, 2014—2:00-4:00pm
Saturday, December 13, 2014—2:00-4:00pm

 
Instructor, Juliet Oshiro
Calling All Citizen Scientists! Hikers! Families! Students! Educators!
Do you enjoy watching plants change through the seasons? Would you like to help researchers study the effects of climate change? This workshop will teach volunteers to monitor and gather data on when native plants leaf out, flower, form fruit and other seasonal changes through hands-on training. No experience necessary. Details can be found on the workshop's webpage.
 

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
 

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