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Saturday, April 18, 2015— Members: 10:00am-4:00pm, public: noon-4:00pm
Pincushion proteas
The annual spring plant sale is held in the Arboretum's Eucalyptus Grove, on Empire Grade near the intersection of Western Drive, on the edge of the UC Santa Cruz campus. More information, including an extensive list of featured plants (when available, about a week before the sale) can be found here. Memberships for both organizations will be available at the gate on the day of the plant sale for early entry.

California Native Plant Garden Phenology Workshop; The Science of the Seasons
Salvias along a walkway
Saturday, April 11, 2015—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, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Details can be found on the workshop's webpage.

Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Blitz Training
Friday, April 10, 2015—6:00pm
an interesting oak Sudden Oak Death (SOD), a serious exotic disease, is threatening the survival of tanoak and several oak species in California. Currently SOD is found in the wildlands of 14 coastal California counties, from Monterey to Humboldt.

Attend a meeting at the Arboretum on Friday, April 10, at 6:00pm to learn how you can participate in mapping the disease in your neighborhood.

SOD-blitzes inform and educate the community about Sudden Oak Death, get locals involved in detecting the disease, and produce detailed local maps of disease distribution. The map can then be used to identify those areas where the infestation may be mild enough to justify proactive management.
More information on this and other SOD Blitz activities can be found at the SOD Blitz Project.

What's Blooming at the Arboretum?


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 examples.