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Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum named among the best gift shops in Santa Cruz County by the readers of Santa Cruz Weekly


Hosting a wedding, an event?

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The UC Santa Cruz Aboretum is a great location for a meeting, symposium or a truly memorable wedding.


Welcome to my garden!

Special curator-led garden tours of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

A tour group in the California Provence Garden

See the Arboretum's unique and impressive collections through the eyes of the collections' curators!

Reserve your place to attend this tour series offered by the Arboretum’s talented and passionate garden curators. They will show you rare and inspiring plants in the gardens under their care and why the collections and work are important to you and the community.

These tours are selling out fast. Reserve your spot today! [ Read more...]

The Ray Collett Rare & Extraordinary Plants Lecture Series presents:
Greg King: Protecting the Wild and Scenic Smith River
Easter Lilies vs. Salmon: How Ornamental Plant Production Threatens California's Healthiest Fish Populations
Sunday, November 9, 2014—4:00pm
Award winning journalist Greg King presents his breathtaking photos of the Smith River, in the far northwestern corner of California, while discussing the threat of pesticides and other impacts to this last of the state's wild rivers.

California Native Plant Garden Phenology Workshop; The Science of the Seasons
Salvias along a walkway
Saturday, November 15, 2014—2:00-4:00pm
Saturday, December 13, 2014—2:00-4:00pm

Instructor, Juliet Oshiro
Calling All Citizen Scientists! Hikers! Families! Students! Educators!
Do you enjoy watching plants change through the seasons? Would you like to help researchers study the effects of climate change? This workshop will teach volunteers to monitor and gather data on when native plants leaf out, flower, form fruit and other seasonal changes through hands-on training. No experience necessary. Details can be found on the workshop's webpage.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014

The 30th Arboretum's annual Gift and Wreath Sale
along with Norrie's Gift Shop Holiday Open House.
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What's Blooming at the Arboretum?

Grevillea superb

The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum has thousands of plants from California and far parts of the globe in its extensive and varied living collections. Color can always be found throughout the Arboretum. Check out What's Blooming for some current expamples.