Workshop: Measuring and monitoring plant populations with John Willoughby.
April 29 - May 1
CNPS workshop

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Give to the Arboretum
You can help by donating, becoming a member, shopping at Norrie's or sponsoring a plant.


Sponsor a rare plant at the Arboretum! Dudleya formosa You can make a difference!


Just Out!
Vascular Plants of
Santa Cruz County

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Available now at Norrie's, the newly-revised second edition of Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Santa Cruz County by Dylan Neubauer


In the news:

Norrie's Award
Norrie's named among the best gift shops in Santa Cruz County by the readers of Santa Cruz Weekly


Learn about the Arboretum's Koala Blooms program! flamboyant image


Check out the new Butterfly Garden in What's Blooming! Common Buckeye on Coyote Mint


Free Guided Tour, 1st Saturday, every month
Free with your Arboretum admission.

Community Day, 1st Tuesday, every month
Free admission to the Arboretum, all day.


Details about Arboretum events can be found by visiting the Arboretum Calendar


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Jack Laws

Building Naturalist Skills: Nature Journaling and Observation, a workshop with John Muir Laws

Friday, April 25 from 9:00 – 3:00

Learn how to notice, how to tease and explore questions from nature, and draw meaningful relationships between observations and ideas. [More...]

Announcing the UCSC Arboretum's 2014 California Naturalist Program
April 3 - June 7, 2014

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Returning for its third year, the very poplular California Naturalist Program is an intensive nine-week certification program that includes lectures, field trips, and project-based learning. The program will be held at the Arboretum over the course of nine weeks with numerous field trips at various locations on the central coast. Details can be found on the 2014 California Naturalist Program webpage.

Visit the UCSC Arboretum!

A world-class collection of flora from around the globe

More than four decades of dedication, horticultural expertise, and hard work have created an extensive collection unmatched anywhere else in the world! With the largest collection of Australian and New Zealand plants outside of their native countries, the most diverse collection of eucalyptus and their relatives to be found in one easy-to-access area, an unmatched collection of conifers and other trees, and extensive representatives of South African Proteas, and native California flora, the UCSC Arboretum is home to a world-class living collection. Come and see native flora from around the globe, including California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Chile. The UCSC Arboretum offers many rich opportunities for casual visitors, researchers, students, members, and friends. You can find more information by visiting our About page. You can view some items of seasonal interest here.

The UCSC Arboretum is open each day from 9 am to 5 pm. (Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.) Directions and information about admission can be found here.

Weddings and Events at the UCSC Arboretum

Looking for a place to hold your wedding or other special event? The UCSC Arboretum offers a world of choices.

wedding reception in Australian Garden

Located on a stunning site overlooking Monterey Bay, the UCSC Arboretum is the perfect place to hold a meeting, wedding, or other special event.

We have an indoor room for meetings, receptions, lectures and other events with space for up to 100 guests. Outdoor wedding venues can accommodate weddings from small, intimate gatherings to larger celebrations of up to 300 guests.

You can find out more by visiting our Weddings page or reading our Events Brochure.

Proceeds benefit the UCSC Arboretum.

Lend a Hand

Feeling good about helping the UCSC Arboretum: Here's What You Can Do to Help

We promote education, conservation, research, and horticultural displays of plants of the world. Volunteers make new friends, members get in to the plant sales early and get discounts at the gift shop and other nurseries, while donors get the satisfaction of knowing they are supporting the training of tour guides, students earning their way through college, sales of drought tolerant plants, the UCSC Arboretum gardens, and the growing of endangered species.

The UCSC Arboretum is strongly rooted and will continue to thrive. There are several ways you can support the gardens:

[Read more about ways to help...]

Endowments support student education, teaching and research at the UCSC Arboretum

The Edna & Hugh Green Fund will support student educational programs at the UCSC Arboretum.

A gift of $127,000 from the estate of World War II Navy veteran Dudley Green has established a new endowment in support of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.

The endowment will provide support for work-study students as well as student interns and volunteers working with UCSC Arboretum staff on senior theses and other projects. Students will have opportunities to earn course credits through work in the Arboretum that enables them to learn about plant conservation, habitat restoration, and horticultural principles and techniques. For more information read the UCSC press release or view a video.

Jean Langenheim's endowment — Strengthening Ties Between the UCSC Arboretum and Plant Sciences Faculty — supports teaching and research.

Long-time UCSC Arboretum friend and supporter, Jean Langenheim, has established a generous new endowment to be used to support Arboretum staff in their teaching and research related to plant science, and to fund exhibits and displays at the Arboretum highlighting the plant sciences research of UCSC faculty and students. Details about the endowment can be found on the University's website.