Friends of the Arboretum

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The Friends of the Arboretum was formed to support the development and maintenance of the Arboretum's extraordinary collections and gardens.

arb barbequeMembership in the Friends of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum provides an opportunity to explore, learn, and be inspired 365 days of the year. Along with an array of member benefits and privileges for you and your family, you also are supporting the Arboretum’s internationally recognized collections, regional conservation efforts, leading scientific research, and pioneering education and horticulture programs.   

All Friends are invited to join in the many activities offered at the Arboretum. Volunteers, acting as guides, are available throughout the year to give tours of the garden to interested botanical and garden groups and to groups of university students, schoolchildren, senior citizens, and the general public. patio on hummingbird day

Six levels of Friends membership are available to choose from. Highlights of benefits provided are free admission to the Arboretum and affiliated AHS gardens, discounts at nurseries and gift shops, priority entrance to Arboretum plant sales, guest passes, and invitations to members-only and other special events.

Three exciting NEW benefits have been added: a one-year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens; a VIP pre-plant sale appointment with the curator of your choice; and participation in ROAM (Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums), which lets Arboretum members take their benefits with them when they travel, including admission for two and discounts in stores and restaurants. ROAM has hundreds of participating museums around the country and Canada— over 50 in California alone!

When I visit friends and family in Chicago and Cincinnati, I'll be using my Arboretum membership card to visit some of my favorite museums including the DuSable, Oriental  and Richard H. Driehaus Museums in Chicago and one of my favorites, the Taft Museum in Cincinnati!”  - Julia Cowell, Chair, Fund Development & Membership Committee

join or renew your membershipJOIN OR RENEW TODAY!
Online Form or Download Membership Form (pdf)

Benefits of Membership and Member Levels

California Poppy (One Membership Card) $50 Individual, Non-Transferable
  • Free admission to the Arboretum
  • 10% Discount at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop
  • Discount at Local Nurseries (see below)
  • Priority Entrance to Plant Sales
  • Discount on Admission to Lectures, etc.
  • Monthly eBulletin
  • Reciprocal Admission to American Horticultural Society Affiliate Gardens
  • Invitation to Members Only Events
  • One One-time Guest Admission Pass
  • NEW: One year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens Magazine
Salvia (Two Membership Cards) $75 Dual/Family - All the Above plus
  • Free Admission of One Guest per member
  • Two One-time Guest Admission Passes
Best Value! Kauri Level $125  Poppy and Slavia Levels plus 
  • Two additional Guest Admission Passes (four total)
  • Two Guests for Priority Entrance to Plant Sales
  • One Specially Propagated Plant
  • NEW: Reciprocal Admissions & Discounts with ROAM Affiliate Museums
Erica Level $250  All of the Above Plus 
  • Curator Events
  • Invitation to Special Receptions and Presentations
Banksia Level $500  All of the Above Plus 
  • Invitation to Curator Events
  • NEW! VIP Pre-Plant Sale Appointment with Curator of Your Choice
Protea Level $1000  All of the Above Plus 
  • Invitation to Director's Dinner

Online Form or Download Membership Form (pdf)

Show your current membership card for the Friends of the Arboretum and receive DISCOUNTS at the following nurseries!

Gold Rush Nursery
3625 N Main St
Soquel, CA 95073
(831) 359-9291

Ladera Garden Center
3130 Alpine Rd, #380
Portola Valley, CA 94028
(650) 854-3850

Norrie’s Gift & Garden Shop at the Arboretum
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
Arboretum Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 502-2999

Pottery Planet
2600 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 465-9216

Sierra Azul Nursery
2660 E. Lake Avenue
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-2532 

 (Discounts are for plants only at the following nurseries)

DIG Gardens (plants only)
420 Water Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 466-3444

Drought Resistant Nursery (plants only)
850 Park Avenue
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 375-2120

The Garden Company (plants only)
2218 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-8424

Golden Nursery (plants only)
1122 2nd Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 348-5525

Hidden Gardens Nursery (plants only)
7765 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 688-7011

San Lorenzo Garden Center (plants only)
235 River Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-0223

Carry your Arb Card!