This forty-year retrospective of the UCSC Arboretum's development and growth is based on an exhibit at the Arboretum that opened in Fall, 2005; events that have taken place since that time are not reflected this retrospective.

 A history of the Arboretum

Happy times . . . and hard work.


some photographs

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Tough Banksia seeds cones need a fire before they will eject seeds.
Helen Englesberg, manager of the nursery, cooks a Banksia cone to release the seeds

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Helen Englesberg training volunteers
to propagate kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos)

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Barbara Sherrif, Peggy Keech, Jean Beevers
at Dried Flower sale

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Shirley Beneke, one of a dedicated corps of volunteers

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Dried Flower and Succulent plant sale volunteers

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Docents Millie Cooper, Helen Phippen, Naomi Bloss
Marie Beckham, Cynthia Passaro

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Grace Heintz labeled all the trees in the Eucalyptus Grove

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Marie Beckham, tireless volunteer and Board Member (1986)

Thanks to all who have given their money, their time and—most of all—themselves.

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Don Gholston started the Library collection at the Arborteum

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Arboretum Barbecue (2003)

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The 30th anniversary birthday cake (Sept. 1996)

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Volunteers Peggy Keech and Lynn Roberts
Outreach coordinator Susie Bowers in the background