Giving Day 2019

We are launching a complete renovation of our unique plantings, recovering lost rare specimens, and adding new plants for display. 

The Arboretum & Botanic Garden will install four new specialty gardens highlighting fascinating plant groups:

  • A Succulent Rock Garden, featuring the juicy Aloes, gnarly Euphorbias, and other fantastic succulents.
  • A South African Bulb Garden, encircled by bright and vibrant amarillids, and highlighting the full spectrum of fire-adapted geophytes in mass bloom!
  • A Maze Garden, spinning 6- to 8-foot-tall Restio species together in a traditional labyrinth, empowering a soul-searching time of fun and contemplation.
  • A Grove of Silver Trees, glittering in the sunlight and growing among colorful waves of heathers.

Because of our Central Coast climate, no other place in North America can grow South African plants as well as UC Santa Cruz's Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

If you give between 7 am to 7:59 am on Giving Day, you will help us earn even more prize money, by having the most donors during the early bird hour!

On Giving Day, every gift counts. Whether you give $9 or $5,000 – your gift is celebrated! Make your gift at

PLUS - The Arboretum is hosting a special kick-off event from 5 pm - 7 pm. Reserve a spot to hear first hand the Arboretum director's inspiration and vision for the project. Alice in Wonderland costumes and games will spark your creative, whimsical side. Register today!

Register for the Giving Day Kick-Off Party