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Santa Cruz County Stories: Teen naturalist explores the mysteries of wildlife at the UCSC Arboretum

Kelly McCandless seated in the South African garden

Kelly McCandless will lead a nature walk through the trails of the Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz Sunday. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel)

May 10, 2015

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Wallace Baine

"You’re not going to get very far with Kelly McCandless peddling the stereotypes about distracted, smartphone worshipping, perpetually plugged-in young people.

At 15, Kelly is certainly part of that demographic. But the Santa Cruz 10th grader tends toward the opposite of the prevailing teenager cliché. One of her favorite things to do, in fact, is what she calls “sit-spotting,” which requires one to sit alone with no distractions and quietly — very quietly — observe her surroundings." [ Read more... ]

Hummingbird Wars: Nature’s tiny bullies return to Santa Cruz

Anna's hummingbird

A female Anna’s hummingbird flies through the colorful scenery at the UC Santa Cruz Aboretum on Sunday during the annual Humming Bird Days event. Photo: Kevin Johnson — Santa Cruz Sentinel

March 9, 2015

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Ryan Masters

"At first glance, the male Allen’s hummingbird may appear to be a sweet, delicate little bird. It is not..." [ Read more... ]

Santa Cruz County land trust restores Native American stewardship

Rick Flores walking in the California Native Plant Conservation Garden

Rick Flores walks through the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum's California Native Plant Conservation Garden. Photo: Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel

November 28, 2014

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Kara Guzman

"The Amah Mutsun, a Native American tribe, has partly restored tribal stewardship of its land, stretching from Pescadero to the Pajaro Valley, thanks to partnerships with private and public landowners."

"The Amah Mutsun Land Trust was formed in 2012 with the aim of returning native plants and traditions to tribal territory. Agreements with Año Nuevo State Park, the Peninsula Open Space Trust, Pinnacles National Park and others allow the tribe to access 70,000 acres of its former territory to practice traditional agricultural techniques..."

Learn more about the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program on the Releaning Program's webpage.

Annual Arboretum wreath, garden-gift sale provides plenty of locally sourced gifts

Students holding wreaths

UC Santa Cruz student Mika Flink, left, and UCSC Arboretum volunteer Anaesha Lawrence show off some of the wreaths for the sale. Photo: Santa Cruz Sentinel

November 20, 2014

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Bonnie Horgos

Nothing says shopping locally like going right to the source — the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.

This year’s annual UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Gift and Wreath Sale, slated for this weekend, will be held in conjunction with the holiday open house at Norrie’s Gift and Garden Shop. The sale will feature living succulent wreaths and gardens, dry flower wreaths, gourds, art and gifts. [ Read more...]

Drones capture UCSC arboretum's beauty

Flying a drone in the S. Africa Garden

Philip Lima pilots a drone hovering over the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. Photo: Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel

November 7, 2014

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Kara Guzman

A three-foot drone circled UC Santa Cruz's arboretum Friday, zooming down trails and under trees, capturing high-resolution images in the early morning light.

Shot by a team from *Impact, a San Francisco and Santa Cruz-based film studio, the footage will be part of a film promoting the beauty and scope of the arboretum's 135 acres. Conceived by studio founder Eric Thiermann, the goal is to create a virtual-reality tour. [ Read more...]

Arboretum's Director of Research featured in Science News Magazine cover story.

Science News cover

Stephen McCabe, cover of Science News Magazine.

Vol. 186, October 18, 2014

Science News Magazine, Nsikan Akpan

"Climbing high to save a threatened West Coast plant..."

"Scientists plan to resurrect liveforevers from extinction after a devastating fire."

The Arboretum's director of research, Stephen McCabe, is working with a small group of scientists to save Verity’s liveforever (Dudleya verityi) from possible extinction. [ Read more...]

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum holds Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, October 11

Peter Raven

Mimulus 'Monkeys on Fire' (above) and X Graptoveria; photo: Stepen McCabe

October 3, 2014

UCSC NewsCenter, Tim Stephens

"Annual sale features beautiful, drought-tolerant plants from around the world..."

The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum will hold its annual Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, October 11, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Eucalyptus Grove on High Street near the intersection of Western Drive. Held in conjunction with the California Native Plant Society, the sale opens early (from 10 a.m. to noon) for members of either organization. Memberships will be on sale at the gate. [ Read more...]

Peter Raven

Peter Raven, photo Sage Ross

September 10, 2014

Hilltromper Santa Cruz, L. Clark Tate

"...That’s one reason UCSC’s remarkable Arboretum, and institutions like it, are so important. They preserve and conserve plants, they study plants, and they could help us figure out how to help plants adapt to a changing climate. Dr. Raven notes that the UCSC Arboretum is uniquely poised to do so as Santa Cruz’s mild climate allows for a wide range of species to thrive. This garden has a championship role to play, Raven stated earnestly..." [ Read more...]

Stephen McCabe describing the Arboretum's succulent collection.

August 21, 2014

Santa Cruiz Sentinel, Tara Fatemi Walker

For the next two months, community members have an opportunity to tour gardens and collections at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum with some special guides: the Arboretum's very own curators... [Read more...]

You can find more information on the Arboretum's garden tour website.

Ann Thierman mural detail

August 21, 2014

UCSC News Center, Tim Stephens

Described by Time magazine as a 'Hero for the Planet,' Raven will give a talk titled 'Saving Plants, Saving Ourselves' on Tuesday, September 9. [Read more...]

August 19, 2014

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jessica A. York

Rick Flores, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Curator of Native California Collections, is quoted as he describes the Arboretum's colaboration with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band in a Sentinel article about a ceremony at Pie Ranch, near Pescadero, California.

Ann Thierman mural detail

Mural by Ann Elizabeth Thiermann

July 31, 2014

MetroActive, Jennifer Wadsworth

An article in San Jose based MetroActive quotes Rick Flores, UCSC Arboretum's Curator of Native California Collections, and describes the Arboretum's partnership with the Amah Mutsun Band.

[Read more... The Arboretum is mentioned on page 3 of the article.]

Allen's Hummingbird

Eucalyptus caesia,
Photo: Diane Ako, Honolulu Star Advertiser

April 14, 2014

Honolulu Star Advertiser, Diane Ako:

"A trip to Santa Cruz, for me, wouldn't be complete without a visit to the University of California at Santa Cruz ...."

[Read more...].

Allen's Hummingbird

A male allen's and a male anna's hummingbird fight for position in the South African Erica Garden of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum in Santa Cruz, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group) (SJ Mecury News Photo)

March 18, 2014

San Jose Mecury News Travel, Richard Scheinin:

"The mazelike pathways are lined with giant shrubs with blooms that resemble tropical birds or silk scarves blowing in the breeze. Tom Sauceda leads the way: past the Hebe plants (named for the Greek goddess of youth) with their electric purple blossoms; past a South African specialty, Phylica plumosa, with flowers that call frilly yellow plumes to mind; and past an Australian native, Banksia ericifolia, with startling inflorescences flaming red and yellow and shaped like giant corncobs...."

[Read more...].

Allen's Hummingbird

Jeff Perry of Watsonville snaps a photo of a humming bird during a tour... (Kevin Johnson/Sentinel)

March 2, 2014

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Stephen Baxter:

"SANTA CRUZ -- A persistent drizzle and some muddy trails kept things lively for families and bird lovers at UC Santa Cruz Arboretum's Hummingbird Days on Saturday and Sunday..."

[Read more...].

Allen's Hummingbird

An Allen's hummingbird sits atop a Leucospermum reflexum bloom. ( Larry Selman/MostlyBirds.com )

February 20, 2014

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jackie Pascoe:

"Colorful blossoms at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum are heavy with nectar, and hummingbirds are massing to feed and breed -- if a 3- to 6-gram bird can be said to mass, that is...."

[Read more...].

Hummingbird at a feeder

Hummingbirds are the zippy-winged stars at the UCSC Arboretum on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2. (photo: NBC Bay Area)

February 19, 2014

NBC Bay Area, Worth the Trip, By Alysia Gray Painter

"The eensy garden stars get the fast-wing love, in Santa Cruz.
MULTUM IN PARVO: Animal lovers often hear the Latin phrase "multum in parvo" when it comes to pups such as the pug and the French bulldog. It means "much in little," loosely, and anyone who has ever met a pug understands that this is a completely apt description..."

[Read more...].

February 5, 2014


The flowers of Amborella, a plant endemic to the island of New Caledonia, have "primitive" features. Specimens were brought to the UCSC Arboretum in 1975. (Photo by S. McCabe)

From the News Center, UCSC:

"The tropical shrub known as Amborella trichopoda is the duck-billed platypus of the plant world, the only survivor of the earliest branch on the family tree of flowering plants. Scientists have now decoded the complete genome of Amborella, yielding new insights into the evolution of flowering plants. The UCSC Arboretum played an important role in this work..." [Read more...].

November 24, 2013


Lesley McShean glues a handmade birdhouse decoration that
she made using dried flowers. (Kevin Johnson/Sentinel)

Shanna McCord writing in the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

"About 150 wreaths flew off the shelves and walls at the 29th annual holiday sale held at UC Santa Cruz Arboretum on Saturday and Sunday.
Wreaths made of succulent plants sold out on Saturday. Volunteers went home that night to make more and brought them back to sell Sunday, said Stephen McCabe, research director of the arboretum.
'We had one of our biggest days ever on Saturday in terms of highest gross sales,' McCabe said. 'We sold out all the succulent wreaths in three hours." [Read more...].

November 21, 2013


Sentinel photo contributed by Ramona McCabe

Bonnie Horgos writing in the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

"....Succulents will abound at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum's 29th annual Gift and Wreath Sale -- not to mention rare plants and handmade goods by local artists -- this Saturday and Sunday. While there'll be loads of succulents on-hand, they're expected to sell quickly,...." [Read more...].

November 14, 2013

Decorations and gifts for Thanksgiving and the holidays will be available at the UCSC Arboretum's annual Gift and Wreath Sale on Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24...


An apple-shaped gourd decorated with ginkgo leaves is among the offerings at the Arboretum's annual Gift and Wreath Sale. (Photo by Stephen McCabe)

"...The sale will be held at the Arboretum's Horticulture Building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day...."

For the third year, several Santa Cruz County artists joined forces with more than 20 Arboretum volunteers to produce some dramatic and creative wreaths and other artwork for the 29th annual sale.

[Read more...].

September 25, 2013

Stephen McCabe, the Arboretum's director of research & development and curator of succulents talked with KCLU's Lance Orozco about the threatened Verity's liveforever.

Stephen McCabe

Verity's liveforever (Dudleya verityi) growing in the wild in a bed of lichen (Niebla ceruchoides).
(Photo credit: National Park Service)

"A rare plant only found in Ventura County has been pushed to the edge of extinction by a massive brush fire...."

[Read more on KCLU's website. You can also listen to a recording of the interview.]

October 4, 2013

The Arboretum's Annual Fall Plant Sale in the News, article by Stephen McCabe in the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

Stephen McCabe

UCSC student Nikki Hansen works a plant sale set-up.
( Photo:Stephen McCabe)

"SANTA CRUZ -- Remember walking through the colored leaves of fall, forests of red, gold, purple and yellow glowing in the sun? You've at least seen stunning photos of the fall colors back East. As West Coast gardeners, we just can't compete. On the other hand, in many places the East Coast color is gone after a few weeks, while we can celebrate plants here for much longer....." [Read more in the Sentinel.]

A profusion of elderberry blossoms is followed by a heavy crop of delicious berries.
(Sentinel photo: Pete Veilleux/Contributed )

The edible landscape: a free two-hour class at the UCSC Arboretum, October 8. Article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

October 3, 2013

Jackie Pascoe, features@santacruzsentinel.com

"SANTA CRUZ -- Some California native plants go dormant in summer, but contrary to popular belief, many drought-tolerant natives -- like our native sunflowers, California fuchsia and buckwheats -- stay green and bloom through summer and even into fall. Summer and fall in the native plant garden also can bring a bonus pleasure -- edible fruits and nuts..." [Read more in the Sentinel.]

The public is invited to attend a free, 2-hour class at the Arboretum:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013—7:00-9:00pm
Sponsored by the CNPS and Arboretum. Joni Janecki of Joni L. Janecki and Associates speaking on “Designing with Native Plants” Rick Flores of the UCSC Arboretum, “Gardening with Edible Native Plants” and Kevin Bryant of the Santa Clara County CNPS on “Success with Native Plants for Beginners: Tips for Getting Started”

September 25, 2013

"Seed collected from garden-grown plants at the UCSC Arboretum could potentially be used to help restore the wild populations...":

Stephen McCabe

Verity's liveforever (Dudleya verityi) growing in the wild in a bed of lichen.
(Photo credit: National Park Service)

"The May 2013 Camarillo Springs Fire in Ventura County burned the entire habitat of a federally listed threatened plant species, a succulent known as Verity's liveforever (Dudleya verityi). Stephen McCabe, research director at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, has been working with National Park Service ecologist John Tiszler to study the plants and their potential for recovery in the aftermath of the fire...." [Read more on UCSC's NewsCenter. A closely-related article also appeared in The Malibu Times.]

Little-known UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

August 16, 2013

"...I remember seeing a flower that looked like an artichoke made out of feathers...":

Stephen McCabe

Stephen McCabe, the Arboretum's director of research, tending live-forevers.
Photo: Lance Iversen, The Chronicle

Maria Gaura, writing in the SF Chronicle's SF Gate.com:

"Perched above the city on 135 rolling ocean-view acres, the UCSC Arboretum is one of Santa Cruz's most beautiful destinations, and one of its best-kept secrets. The lightly visited reserve is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas, and visitors can frequently wander from garden to garden in near solitude. The plantings, now approaching 50 years old, have matured into magnificent exotic landscapes that can make a visitor feel very far from home."

"While the plantings are unfamiliar, native creatures seem to feel right at home - especially the hundreds of hummingbirds, who zing recklessly through the shrubbery and fill the air with a shrilling, squeaking chatter..." [read more on the San Francisco Chronicles' SF Gate]

There's a lot to love in Santa Cruz

...including the UCSC Arboretum.:

August 16, 2013

Michael Bauer, Executive Food & Wine editor for the SF Chronicle:

"The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is not only one of the most beautiful places to spend a few hours, but also the place to learn about several thousand species of Mediterranean-climate plants" [Read more on the San Francisco Chronicles' SF Gate]

Bill Grant: Local rosarian shares love, lore of heritage roses

April 14, 2013

Longtime supporter of the Arboretum, Bill Grant, was profiled in the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

"APTOS -- Roses do not have thorns, according to William Grant, they have prickles. Roses should not be reblooming, as the modern ones are, and they should have lovely scents, which most modern roses do not.

The 87-year-old Aptos resident has earned the right to his passionate opinions. While Grant has been a sports writer, an English professor, and a Fulbright scholar, he found his true love in the mystery and romance of heritage roses, lecturing around the world on their history, cultivation and nomenclature..."

[read more in the Santa Cruz Sentinel]

Citizen-scientists to help map Sudden Oak Death fungus

April 10, 2013

"SANTA CRUZ -- A campaign to identify and collect bay laurel leaves that may herald the arrival of sudden oak disease will kick off 7-9 p.m. Friday at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.

'Last year, more than 500 citizen scientists participated in surveying over 10,000 trees,' said Matteo Garbelotto. a faculty member at UC Berkeley who came up with the idea. 'This outreach is really important because it not only teaches people how to look for the disease, but it also helps them to monitor for it in their community, allowing them to identify new outbreaks quickly.'

SOD cycle
To date, more than a million trees have died of sudden oak disease in 14 coastal California counties from Monterey to Humboldt...."

[read more in the Santa Cruz Sentinel and the San Jose Mercury News]

Gold Awards 2013:
Shopping & Services – Reader’s Picks

March 31, 2013

Santa Cruz Weekly readers name Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop at the Arboretum among the best places to buy gifts in Santa Cruz County.

[read more in the Santa Cruz Weekly]

Coastal Commission funds projects at UCSC Arboretum and Seymour Center

February 21, 2013

UCSC NEWSCENTER, February 26, 2013, By Tim Stephens

Moore Creek
Trees line the Moore Creek drainage
in the upper Arboretum. (Photo by S. McCabe)
"Visitors to the Seymour Center learn about marine life, scientific discoveries, and the role of science in marine conservation. The California Coastal Commission has awarded grants to fund two coastal restoration and education projects at UC Santa Cruz, one at the Arboretum and another at the Seymour Center at Long Marine Laboratory...." [read more on the UCSC Newscenter website]

The Santa Cruz Sentinel also carried on article about the Coastal Commission grants (March 3, 2013).

Get your fix of the tiniest birds in the world March 2-3

February 21, 2013

The Arboretum's upcoming Hummingbird Days are described in recent articles in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

"SANTA CRUZ -- They are the tiniest birds in the world, but perhaps one of the showiest and most mesmerizing to behold.
Hummingbird visiting a South Africa heath at the Arboretum.
[Photo from SF Gate; credit: CVC/UCSC Arboretum]
Hummingbirds zip and zoom like no other bird — sideways, up, down, backward — flashing ever-changing rainbow hues. Males jostling for position act fierce, diving at speeds up to 50 mph. Iridescent and quick, hummingbirds hover in mid-air as they feed on nectar from blooms..." [read more in the Sentinel and on the Arboretum's website.]

SF Gate also carried a story (2/22/2013) titled "Hummingbird Days at the Arboretum."

Wee, Flitty, Fast: Hummingbird Days in Santa Cruz

February 27, 2013, NBC Bay Area

Two days of garden walks and bird sweetness? Spring must be nigh. By Alysia Gray Painter
Wee, Flitty, Fast: Hummingbird Days in Santa Cruz
[Hummingbird Photo from NBC Bay Area ]
Hummingbirds are a part of our day-to-day, and getting to know them offline, and even attract them, is a nice thing indeed. Hummingbird Days at UC Santa Cruz can help out with that. [read more at NBC Bay Area]


Hummingbird Days at UCSC offer glimpse into fascinating life of frantic fliers

February, 2012

The Arboretum's upcoming Hummingbird Days are described in recent articles in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

"Bird lovers and avian initiates will flock to UC Santa Cruz next weekend for the Arboretum's Hummingbird Days."

"The event is a chance for the public to catch a rare glimpse into the world of the hummingbird. Attendees can enjoy hummingbird walks, ecology talks, photography exhibits and children's crafts with a hummingbird theme...." [read more in the Sentinel and on the Arboretum's website.]

Arboretum celebrates partnership with
Amah Mutsun tribe

Rick Flores, Valentin Lopez, and Brett Hall photo.

Rick Flores, Valentin Lopez, and Brett Hall.
[Photo by Tim Stephens, UCSC News website.]

November 14, 2011 — "Since 2009, the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band have been working together on a community-centered learning project that highlights native plants traditionally used by the Mutsun people. A reception to celebrate this partnership, sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, was held at the Arboretum on Friday, October 28..." [Read more on the UCSC website and in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.]

A gift of $127,000...establishes a new endowment in support of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.

Memorial bench

John Bost at the dedication
of the Arboretum's new bench
honoring Edna and Hugh Green.

July 12, 2011 — 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, named the Edna and Hugh Green Fund in memory of Mr. Green's parents, is designed to foster continued student involvement in the UCSC 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. [Read more on the UCSC website and in the Santa Cruz Sentinel (18 July 2011)]

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Sounds of Baroque Festival fill UC Santa Cruz Arboretum for first time

May 30, 2011 — "Flowers and Music of the World," hosted by the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival and the UCSC Arboretum, brought music, wine, and food to the gardens. [Read more in the Santa Cruz Sentinel]

Student-run Carbon Fund boosts green projects on and off campus

May 17, 2011 — UCSC Arboretum director of development and research discusses the Arboretum's role in one of nine student and staff projects funded by the student-run Carbon Fund." [Read more on the UCSC website]

New endowment supports teaching and research at UCSC Arboretum

May 5, 2011 — "A gift of $100,000 from Jean Langenheim, professor emerita of ecology and evolutionary biology, has established a new endowment in support of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum." [Read more in the Sentinel]

Must be the season of the sale...
UCSC Aboretum kicks off string of
plant sales hugely popular with gardeners

April, 2011 — "There's a tell-tale sign spring has sprung in Santa Cruz County, and it's up at the Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz." [Read more in the Sentinel]

The Arboretum propagates cuttings from the last wild S.F. manzanita

January, 2011

Planting manzanita

(Mercury News photo by
Karen T. Borchers)

An article about the Arboretum's role in preserving a rare manzanita, Arctostaphylos franciscana appeared in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Whittier Times, and the Long Beach newspaper.

The Arboretum's research coordinator and director of education, Stephen McCabe was interviewd on KGO radio. Local Santa Cruz radio station, KSCO, also covered the story.

More can be found on the UCSC website.

New growth: Arboretum revives
local plants, local knowledge

December, 2011

Danielle Venton's article about the Amah Mutsun Relearning Garden appeared in a number of papers, including the Santa Cruz Sentinel, San Jose Mercury News, Monterey County Herald, and several other newspapers.