What's Happening at the Garden

Join us in our gardens on First Tuesday Community Day and Early Bird Saturdays. Or check out one of our Special Events below.


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    All done. Hoping for fertilization success!

    The Corpse Flower has been moved back to the UCSC Greenhouses and the expert care of Director Sylvie Childress. Check the UCSC Arboretum facebook or instagram pages for some great photos & time-lapse video of this remarkable plant.
  • pincushion proteaFirst Tuesday Community Day. Join us for FREE ADMISSION - Only on the First Tuesday each month.
  • hummingbirdEarly Bird Saturdays. Early sunrise hours in our gardens, access for Arboretum members and volunteers only. Occurs on the 3rd Saturday of each month. (subject to change during the wet, winter season)
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    Hummingbird Day - Annual Event in March

    Come celebrate the beginning of hummingbird migration season with a visit to the Arboretum!

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    Raptor Day

    Join us for our Annual Raptor Day to meet & learn about these amazing creatures.
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    Annual Wreath & Gift Sale! Held annually on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving weekend. Looking for the perfect gifts and decorations for Thanksgiving and the holiday season? Come to the Arboretum's Annual Gift & Wreath Sale for a great selection of locally hand-made gifts and more!

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    Norrie's Holiday Open House

    Norrie's Holiday Open House - Annual event usually held the first Saturday in December.
  • Ray CollettRay Collett Lecture Series Inspired by Arboretum founding Director Ray Collett: "People deserve the freedom to enjoy and pursue their own fascination with the natural world." Click on link to see past lectures. Future dates TBA.
  • No alternative textFirst Saturday Free Tour Future dates TBA.
  • No alternative textCommunity Science: Garden Phenology Walk. Future dates TBA.
  • No alternative textBoard Meeting. Future dates TBA