Friends of the Arboretum

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The Friends of the Arboretum (formerly the Arboretum Associates), a group devoted to assisting the development and maintenance of the UCSC Arboretum gardens, was formed in 1976 as a non-profit organization.

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
A yearly orientation and training class is provided to those interested in becoming guides or to anyone who would like to better acquaint themselves with the workings of the Arboretum and gardening skills.
The Friends sponsor a lecture series open to the public that covers a wide range of botanical and gardening-related subjects. All these events are held in the Horticulture Building and are advertised in the digital News Letter sent to all Friends. Friends officers are elected by the membership every two years.

Benefits of Membership

California Poppy (One Adult Card) $45 Individual, Senior, Student. Non-Transferable
  • Free admission to the Arboretum
  • Discount at Norrie's and Local Nurseries (see below)
  • Priority Entrance to Plant Sales
  • Discount on Admission to Lectures, etc.
  • Recognition in Bulletin
  • Reciprocal Admission to AHS Affiliate Gardens
  • Invitation to Members Only Events
  • One Garden Admission Guest Pass
Salvia (Two Adult Cards) $65 Dual/Family - All the Above plus
  • Admission of one guest accompanying each member
  • One additional Garden Admission Guest Pass (two total)
Kauri Circle $100  All of the Above Plus 
  • Two additional Garden Admission Guest Passes (four total)
  • 2 Guest Passes for Priority Entrance to Plant Sales
  • 1 Specially Propagated Plant
Erica Circle $250  All of the Above Plus 
  • Invitation to Special Events
Banksia Circle $500  All of the Above Plus 
  • Invitation to Exclusive Curator Events
Protea Circle $1000  All of the Above Plus 
  • Invitation to Exclusive Director's Events

Click here to download our Membership Form

 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!