What's Happening at the Arboretum

All events are open to the public and free, except as noted. They are held in the Arboretum's Horticulture Building, unless otherwise stated. The Arboretum is open daily for self-guided tours from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.


RESERVE THE DATES  Plan ahead for popular annual Arboretum events, like Hummingbird Days and the Spring Plant Sale.


Events for February and March 2016

  • garden tourGarden Tour Saturday, February 6, 2016— 11:00 am 1st Saturday of every month. Free with your paid admission to the Arboretum. Meet in front of Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop.
  • coffee cupWinter Volunteer Coffee, Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 9:30 to 11:00am 
    Focus: Late Winter in the gardens & Hummingbird Daze (March 5 & 6, 2016).
  • logos of sponsoring organizations

    California’s New Front Yard: Creating a Low-Water Landscape, Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    In Horticulture II building. Workshop hosted by the California Native Grasslands Association: Transform your thirsty lawn into a water-saving landscape! Advanced registration required. More. .

  • salvia spathaceaArboretum Phenology WalkSaturday, February 13, 2016, 2 to 4pm in Horticulture II. Calling all citizen scientists. Study the science of the seasons and be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change. Advance registration is required. More ..
  • arboretum signFriends of the Arboretum Board Meeting, Wednesday, February 24, 5pm, Horticulture II building
  • California fuschiaCommunity Day, Tuesday, March 1, 2016—all day 1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.
  • Garden tourGarden Tour Saturday, March 5, 2016— 11:00 am 1st Saturday of every month. Free with your paid admission to the Arboretum. Meet in front of Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop.
  • Hummingbird Days flyerHummingbird Days. March 5-6, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm.
    Join us at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum for the central coast’s premier family-oriented educational event celebrating one of nature’s vibrant aerial acrobats, the Hummingbird. More..
  • salvia spathaceaArboretum Phenology WalkSaturday, March 12, 2 to 4pm in Horticulture II. Calling all citizen scientists. Study the science of the seasons and be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change. Advance registration is required. More ..
  • CNP participants on the coastCalifornia Naturalist Program. Begins March 24. Applications accepted beginning on February 1. More..