An unpprecedented opportunity...

...to visit the Arboretum's collections and facilities with those who know them the best:

Details and reservations here .

Welcome to my garden!

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Curator-Led Garden Tours and Lunch

Reserve your place to attend this tour series offered by the Arboretum’s talented and passionate garden curators. They will show you rare and inspiring plants in the gardens under their care and why the collections and work are important to you and the community.

Each tour lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour and is limited to 20 people. Bring a brown bag lunch. Beverage provided. The cost is only $15. (Additional donations are always welcomed.) Meet in front of Norrie’s Gift shop. Parking is free.

Visit the UCSC Arboretum Garden Tour Series website to enroll.

Brett Hall Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Brett Hall, Director of Collections and Conservation

Brett will lead you to newly developed and often missed areas of the garden. Find out why and how these 135 acres of amazing plants and the Arboretum’s vast and important research, education and conservation work (that now spans half a century) came to be. In addition, what are the critical challenges and opportunities for the Arboretum’s future?
Rick Flores Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Rick Flores, Curator of the California Native Collection

The Arboretum's California Garden boasts many special forms of interest to gardeners. Many of these were originally selected in the wild by Arboretum staff, and have since been propagated and released to the horticultural trade. Find out what Rick loves and why he is passionate about native plants and hear about his work with the Amah Mutsun.
Tom Sauceda Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Tom Sauceda,Curator of the New Zealand Collection

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.
Melinda Kralj Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Melinda Kralj Curator of the Australian Collection

The Arboretum's outstanding Australian collection is the largest collection of these 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.
Helen Englesburg Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Helen Englesburg, Nursery Manager

Helen has a magical touch for propagating and raising plants for the collections, especially the Australian and South Africa Gardens. Tour the greenhouses and find out what it takes to raise plants for our sales and gardens. What challenges need to be overcome to successfully grow spectacular plants?
Stephen McCabe Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Stephen McCabe, Director of Research

Visit 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.

To reserve a spot visit the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Garden Tour Series website.