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 2)

With renewed energy, the Arboretum entered a period of remarkable growth that included:

  • The first overseas horticultural / botanical tour to Australia (1989)
  • The Annual Spring Festival
  • The Harry O. Warren Symposia on
    1. Australian Plants (1988, 1991)
    2. Pacific Rim Plants (1989)
    3. International Plants (1994)
    4. Design (1996) and
    5. Proteas (1998)
  • Paving of the Jean Beevers path (1990)
  • Dedication of the Jean and Bill Lane Library (1994)
  • Construction of Hort I (1989) and Hort II buildings (1994)
  • The opening of Norrie's Gift Shop (1994)
  • New garden features such as benches and paths


Handicapped entrance and the native plant area
(Fall 1985)


Jean Beevers, Jane & Dean McHenry
at dedication of path and protea
garden (November, 1990)


During the 1980s a May pole often
accompanied the Spring plant sale


Randy Baldwin, of San Marcos Growers
in Santa Barbara, speaking at
a Harry O. Warren symposium


They adopted a constitution, formed an operating committee and created a group of supporters that has swelled to more than 1,000 today. The Associates enabled the Arboretum to broaden support beyond the campus and to recruit volunteers, advisers, and donors.

The Harry O. Warren Curatorship for New Zealand Plants

(from the announcement)

"The consequence of a gracious benefaction:

"In his will Harry O. Warren set forth that one-sixth of his estate should establish an endowment for the UCSC Arboretum, stipulating that "this endowment primarily is to be used for the building and maintenance of the collection of New Zealand plants."

"Through the Harry O. Warren Curatorship, future generations will benefit from a fortune to which Harry O. Warren was heir throughout his life but from which he himself never received any benefit.

"From early childhood onward Harry O. Warren loved to grow plants, and he hoped that he might one day own a nursery. But this was never to happen. World War II erupted soon after his graduation from high school. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines. Upon his honorable discharge in 1946, he became a longshoreman, and he worked at this occupation throughout the remainder of his life.

"He was born and raised in San Francisco and spent nearly all of his adult life there. In and about his Divisadero Street apartment, he grew plants. He even grew proteas, and we at the Arboretum came to know him through his fascination with them. He was an unassuming man and presented himself as a gardener who grew plants in the earth. Since many visitors ask about proteas, we might not have remembered him, had he not sometimes written us from his Divisadero Street address.

"We remarked to ourselves that anyone so interested in growing proteas should have the good fortune to own at least a small hillside plot out in the country. From what we have learned, he grew proteas very successfully at his Divisadero Street apartment. Clearly he had a remarkable talent for horticulture.

"Briefly before the end of Harry O. Warren's life, his mother passed away, having attained the age of 98. He was the sole heir to her wealth, and forthwith he set about passing it on. When composing his will, he was asked if he wished something monumental constructed in his name. He replied that monuments wouldn't be necessary. The benefactions of Harry O. Warren are greatly deserved of recognition.


Thomas L. Sauceda


Harry O. Warren

"To honor him in spirit and to follow the letter of his will, the HARRY O. WARREN CURATORSHIP FOR NEW ZEALAND PLANTS is established. By way of this curatorship, he will instruct future generations in the fascinations of this earth."