Friends get discounts at Norrie's and Local Nurseries


The Arboretum needs your support!

There are many ways to help us.

One excellent way to support us is to become a member of the UCSC Arboretum: sign up online or download a membership form.

We also have rental facilities for Special Events, Weddings, or Meetings at the Arboretum. For more information download our Events Brochure.

You can find the Friends' Constitution and Bylaws here (PDF).



Friends & Supporters

Join the Friends of the UCSC Arboretum

Join using the quick and easy online form or download a printable membership form

The Friends of the UCSC Arboretum (formerly the Arboretum Associates), a group devoted to assisting the development and maintenance of the UCSC Arboretum gardens, was formed in 1976 as a non-profit organization.

Kids learn about a
red-legged frog
Dean McHenry
Founding Chancellor
Dean McHenry

All Friends are invited to join in the many activities offered at the Arboretum. Volunteers, acting as guides, are available throughout the year to give tours of the garden to interested botanical and garden groups and to groups of university students, schoolchildren, senior citizens, and the general public. A yearly orientation and training class is provided to those interested in becoming guides or to anyone who would like to better acquaint themselves with the workings of the Arboretum and gardening skills.

Annual Fundraisers

The Friends' main fundraising events are the Fall and Spring plant sales and the Dried Flower and Succulent Sale, held in November. Some Friends volunteer as plant propagators, others share their artistic talents, and still others use their organizational skills in order to present these extremely successful events. An annual fundraising letter is also sent out. All income earned by the Friends goes directly to the upkeep of the Arboretum.

The Horticulture II building was financed entirely through the efforts of the Friends. Completed in 1994, it has become a meeting place for many local groups involved with gardening and natural history. Volunteers also staff the Jean and Bill Lane Horticulture Library, an important source of information on gardening, horticulture, natural history, and botany.

Norrie's Gift Shop at the Arboretum

Norrie's Gift Shop

Run entirely by volunteers, Norrie's Gifts sells many beautiful, nature-related gifts, a wide selection of gardening books, and special plants propagated from the Arboretum's collections.

The Gift Shop is Open Every Day 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

The Friends sponsor a lecture series open to the public that covers a wide range of botanical and gardening-related subjects. All these events are held in the Horticulture Building and are advertised in the Bulletin, a quarterly newsletter circulated to all Friends. Friends officers are elected by the membership every two years.

Become A Member!

Volunteers in the Garden

The Friends of the UCSC Arboretum has grown to approximately 1000 members. Manifesting in innumerable ways, their lively interest and continued support enable the Arboretum to flourish, and they learn a lot while they're at it. Indeed, the loyalty of the Friends of the UCSC Arboretum is often envied by other botanic gardens!

You are invited to join the Friends. Benefits of membership are detailed below. Join online or download our Membership Form

Benefits of Membership in the Friends of the UCSC Arboretum

California Poppy (One Adult Card), $45 — Individual, Senior, Student. Non-Transferable
  • Free admission to the Arboretum
  • Discount at Norrie's and Local Nurseries (see below)
  • Priority Entrance to Plant Sales
  • Discount on Admission to Lectures, etc.
  • Recognition in Bulletin
  • Quarterly Bulletin
  • Reciprocal Admission to AHS Affiliate Gardens
  • Invitation to Members Only Events
  • One Garden Admission Guest Pass
Salvia (Two Adult Cards), $65 — Dual/Family - All the Above
  • Admission of one guest accompanying each member
  • One additional Garden Admission Guest Pass (two total)
Kauri Circle, $100 — Poppy and Salvia Benefits Above Plus
  • Two additional Garden Admission Guest Passes (four total)
  • 2 Guest Passes for Priority Entrance to Plant Sales
  • 1 Specially Propagated Plant
Erica Circle, $250 — All of the Above Plus
  • Invitation to "Behind the Scenes" Event
Banksia Circle, $500 — All of the Above Plus
  • Invitation to Curator Events
Protea Circle, $1000 — All of the Above Plus
  • Invitation to Director's Dinner
  • Poppy and Salvia Benefits Above for Life Plus
  • Protea Circle benefits for one year

Please make checks payable to
the UCSC Foundation/Arboretum and send to:

Friends of the UCSC Arboretum
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum,
University of California
Santa Cruz CA 95064
(831) 427-2998

Show your current membership card for the Friends of the UCSC Arboretum and receive DISCOUNTS at the following nurseries!

Drought Resistant NurseryPlants Only
850 Park Ave. Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 375-2120

Garden CompanyPlants Only
2218 Mission St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-8424

Gold Rush Nursery
3625 N Main Street, Soquel, CA 95073 Call for hours:
(831) 465-0314

Golden Nursery Plants Only
1122 Second Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 348-5525

Hidden Gardens NurseryPlants Only
7765 Soquel Dr., Aptos. CA 95003
(831) 688-7011

Ladera Garden Center
380 Alpine Rd., Menlo Park, CA 94028
(650) 854-3850

Native Revival NurseryPlants Only
2600 Mar Vista Dr. Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 684-1811

New Garden
2440 Mattison Ln., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 462-1610

Norrie's Gift & Garden ShopPlants and Merchandise
UCSC Arboretum, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 423-4977

Pot StopPots Only
12360 Highway 1, Moss Landing, CA 95039,
(831) 768-7557

Pottery Planet Pots Only
2600 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 465-9216

Probuild Garden Center facebook iconPlants Only
235 River St. Santa Cruz, Ave. 95060
(831) 423-0223

Sierra Azul NurseryPlants and Merchandise
2660 East Lake Ave. Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 763-0939

Succulent GardensPlants Only
2133 Elkhorn Rd., Castroville, CA 95012
(831) 632-0482

Surf City Growers
1975 Cox Rd., Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 688-1088

Carry your Arb Card!