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 Ship is launched…" 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
Kenneth V. Thimann
Linton Von Beroldingen
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.
Early plant sales were held in the lower parking lot
Dried flower sales were held in the parking lot
by the docent hut (1988)
Read, set, go . . .start of a plant sale
Plant sales are now held in the Eucalyptus Grove