Vascular Plants of
Santa Cruz County
Available now at Norrie's, the newly-revised second edition of Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Santa Cruz County by Dylan Neubauer
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Free Guided Tour,
1st Saturday, every
Free with your Arboretum admission.
1st Tuesday, every
Free admission to the Arboretum, all day.
Details about Arboretum events can be found by visiting the Arboretum Calendar
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 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 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 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 Arboretum
Looking for a place to hold your wedding or other special event? The Arboretum offers a world of choices.
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.
Proceeds benefit the Arboretum.
Feeling good about helping the 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 Arboretum gardens, and the growing of endangered species.
The Arboretum is strongly rooted and will continue to thrive. There are several ways you can support the gardens:
Endowments support student education, teaching and research at the Arboretum
The Edna & Hugh Green Fund will support student educational programs at the 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 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 Arboretum and Plant Sciences Faculty — supports teaching and research.
Long-time 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.