What's Happening at the Garden

All events are open to the public and free, except as noted. They are held in the Garden's Horticulture Building, unless otherwise stated. The Garden is open daily for self-guided tours from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. 
Mark your calendar for the Garden's popular annual upcoming events. More

Events for September and October 2017

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    Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations.
    May 20 to November 17. An ongoing exhibit of eleven unique sculptures that have been installed to highlight and complement the South African and New Zealand gardens. More.

  • Salvia spathaceaGarden Phenology Walk. September 23, Saturday, 2-4 pm. Join a national effort to help monitor the effects of climate change on plants. Meet at the picnic table behind Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop. Advanced registration is recommendedMore.
  • No alternative textCommunity Day, October 3. The first Tuesday of each month, the Garden is open without charge to visitors.
  • No alternative textFirst Saturday Free TourOctober 7. Free tour with paid admission. Meet at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop at 11:00 am.
  • dendromecon harfordiiFall Plant Sale. Saturday, October 14, 10 am-4 pm. At this annual Garden event, gardeners and landscapers in the know purchase high-quality, regionally friendly plants at great prices.
  • No alternative textFriends of the Arboretum Board Meeting. Wednesday, October 25, 5pm in Horticulture II Building.
  • Ray Collette

    Collette Lecture Series, Thursday, October 26, 7:00pm in Horticulture II Building. Presentation by Ecologist Hugh Safford, Regional Ecologist for the USDA-Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region: "The campos de altitude of southeastern Brazil: the ramifications of global change for conservation and management of a unique ecosystem". Free Event and Free parking. Donations welcome.


  • Upcoming Annual Events

  • No alternative textWreath & Gift Sale. Saturday, November 18, 10 am-4 pmFor this annual event, Garden staff, volunteers, and local artists create gorgeous wreaths and dried flower arrangements, many from the Garden’s own rare and extraordinary succulents and plants. 
  • Norrie's shopNorrie's Gift & Garden Shop Open House. Saturday, December 2.
  • HummingbirdHummingbird Day. Saturday, March 17, 2018.
  • plant saleSpring Plant Sale. Saturday, April 14, 2018.