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    UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Fall Plant Sale

    August 27, 2015

    The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum will host its annual fall plant sale Saturday October 10. Members get in early from 10-noon and the sale opens to the public noon-4. Many cultivars will be for sale not found in local nurseries Come early to get the best selection!

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    Interview with James Durbin!

    August 25, 2015

    American Idol© Finalist, James Durbin, will appear at the Arboretum's 50 Jubilee on September 20th. He says some neat things about Santa Cruz and the Arboretum.

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    Venerable UCSC Arboretum celebrates a half-century of research, teaching and landscape innovation

    August 14, 2015

    There was no great hoopla at the start of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, just a simple request for volunteers to dig in and start — literally. Phyllis Norris went to her first volunteer meeting for the arboretum in 1976, and when the meeting concluded, no one left — it was time to plant cuttings and map garden areas.

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    Classic Car Drivers Take in Flora at UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

    August 13, 2015

    The roar of car engines meshed with the serenity of nature as 40 vintage cars pulled into the parking lot of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum on Tuesday.

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    Jubilee Tickets on Sale Now!

    August 7, 2015

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    Volunteers watch a nest to help the birds

    August 7, 2015

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    Federally Threatened Red-Legged Frog Studied at the Arboretum

    August 7, 2015

    Cowell Reservoir at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is home to the federally threatened red-legged frog. UCSC ecologist Barry Sinervo and graduate student Anna Ringelman test what keeps the frogs comfortable to learn how to preserve their remaining refuges.

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    Great Plants for a California Garden

    August 7, 2015

    Landscape designer Jan Nelson's fine article about the Arboretum in the Scotts Valley Press Banner. The article, which features several plants from the Australian Collection, also appears with more photos on the author’s website, The Mountain Gardener."

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    Fog and drought monitoring in the upper arboretum.

    August 7, 2015

    The Arboretum is one of many central coast sites that hosts fog and drought experiments used by UC Santa Cruz professors studying fog and climate change. Last summer Allison Nunes worked with Professor Kathleen Kay to set up fog collection experiments below the upper arboretum. This will soon be expanded by Professor Michael Loik to include drought plot.

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    Spectacular Late Summer Colors in the Gardens!

    August 6, 2015

    Beautiful Grevilleas in the Australian Garden and the stunning Metrosideros excelsae tree in the New Zealand Garden.

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    UC Santa Cruz and the community intertwine in the making of the Arboretum

    August 1, 2015

    UC Santa Cruz and the community intertwine in the making of the Arboretum. We have come such a long way in just 50 years, but we have further still to go. Visions of an ever more vibrant community and educational hub for Santa Cruz with ever strengthening connections to the wider world are gaining momentum. Join the movement. Join the party Sunday, September 20th 4PM!

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    International Agroecology advocates meet at UCSC Arboretum

    July 26, 2015

    International researchers, farmers and community workers have toured Santa Cruz County farms and community gardens this week as part of a two-week intensive course to study the intersection of agriculture, ecology and the social and political structures of global food systems.

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    Letter from Brett Hall: transitions and upcoming staffing changes at the Arboretum

    July 23, 2015

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    One Small Step: More Monarchs Return to the Butterfly Garden

    June 29, 2015

    The Butterfly Garden, which lies near the California Native garden next to the New Zealand fence, attracted an increased number of monarch butterflies this spring. In 2011 volunteers Clive Bagshaw and Maryellen Crummer began development of this new garden, with support and advice from Brett Hall, Linda Willis, and Helen Englesberg.


  • Amah Mutsun Relearning Program and Traditional Native American Ecological Knowledge in Addressing Drought and Wildfires.

    June 13, 2015

    The importance of reviving traditional ecological knowledge to address contemporary environmental problems has been acknowledged by scientists and the U.S. Forest Service. The Amah Mutsun Relearning Program at the Arboretum was highlighted in a recent article, "Native traditional methods revived to combat California drought, wildfires", that discussed the revival of these traditional Native American land management practices. "Native Americans in California had long tended the land in ways that preserved watersheds to ease droughts and created barriers to out-of-control fires, said Rick Flores, steward of the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program at the University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum."

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    News from the Butterfly Garden

    May 30, 2015

    More monarch caterpillars found in the Butterfly Garden

  • What’s in Bloom

    May 21, 2015

    A post featuring the Arboretum at UCSC has been published to the Santa Cruz County blog. Be the first to make a comment.

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    UC Santa Cruz Arboretum inspires young author's nature guide

    May 11, 2015

    Nature walk and book signing on May 17 celebrates the publication of 'The Budding Naturalist's Guide to the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum' by 15-year-old Kelly McCandless