Our Gardens:  Come visit our world class collection of plants from California and the Southern Hemisphere, as well as a magnificent succulent collection. Our emphasis is on plants from Mediterranean climates like our own.

See Hours & Admissions for more details or click here to purchase ADMISSION online

Docent led tour of the gardens: 1st Saturday of every month - details

Visiting with a school class or a larger group? Make a reservation

Alumni Family Day at the Arboretum has been rescheduled for September 7, 2024. 

Gift & Garden Shop

Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop

Norrie's sells a wonderful array of household items, jewelry, and gifts, offering many handmade and locally crafted items plus an abundance of beautiful plants from our outdoor nursery! All proceeds support the Arboretum, a largely self-supporting unit of the UC Santa Cruz campus. 

Looking for particular plants? Check our plant inventory at

Shop Hours:

Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 4pm 


What's Happening

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Help Us Thrive 

>> Become a Member <<

There are many benefits of becoming an Arboretum Member including:

  • Free admission to the Arboretum 
  • Discount at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop and Local Nurseries
  • Free Admission to AHS Affiliate Gardens, ROAM and NARM

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You have the power to make a lasting impact for the Arboretum by supporting our programs, student learning, and care of the collections. Make your gift today!


>> Volunteer at the Arboretum <<


Volunteering at the Arboretum is FUN and a great way to connect with plants and people who love plants while also providing vital support to the small Arboretum staff. Volunteers help us thrive!

  • Learn more about our volunteer community and how you can participate HERE
  • Current volunteers LOGIN to sign up for shifts and record your hours