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

A ship is launched (part 1)

"A Ship is launchedů" declared the December, 1976, edition of the Bulletin. This marked the founding of the Arboretum Associates on November 20, 1976 by 90 plant lovers.


Ray Collet, first director, 1964-1997, and
Harold Hyde, first president, 1977-1979


Arboretum Board of Directors, 1986


Phyllis Norris and Mr. Jules

Arboretum Associates Presidents
Harold Hyde ~ 1977-1979
Linton von Beroldingen ~ 1979-81, 1981-83
Jean Beevers ~ 1983-85
Kenneth V. Thimann ~ 1985-1987
George Hare ~ 1987-1989
Phyllis Norris ~ 1989-1991, 1991-1993
Lorna Clark ~ 1993-1995, 1995-1997
Bill Grant ~ 1997-1998
Gail Page ~ 1998-2001
Jeff Rosendale ~ 2001-2003, 2003-2005

George Hare


Kenneth V. Thimann


Linton Von Beroldingen

Jeff Rosendale photo

Jeff Rosendale at plant sale


For years a group of supporters had worked alongside the students and staff to keep the Arboretum's gardens growing, and the Associates formalized this relationship. This hardy band began to sell plants at the first of the now eagerly awaited Spring and Fall Plant sales. They helped the Arboretum to introduce valuable species from its collections to the public.

plant sale photo

Early plant sales were held in the lower parking lot
(Fall 1985)

dried plant sale photo

Dried flower sales were held in the parking lot
by the docent hut (1988)

recent plant sale photo; Stephen McCabe avoids being trampled

Read, set, go . . .start of a plant sale

2002 plant sale photo

Plant sales are now held in the Eucalyptus Grove