Support the Arboretum on Giving Day

Giving Day 2019 - Give Now!

On Wednesday, February 27, from 5 pm – 7 pm, the Friends of the Arboretum Board of Directors is hosting a fantastical Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party themed event, in anticipation of the completion of a South African Garden rejuvenation project. Come ready to enjoy good company, play whimsical games, and perhaps make a wild hat to take home.

Location: UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

The event will take place in the Hort II Hall, near the Arboretum's Administrative Offices and Jean and Bill Lane Library.


The Arboretum is launching a complete renovation of our unique South African Garden 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 from South Africa:

  • 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 6-8 feet 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 a colorful wave of heathers.

The end result will be the beautifully designed garden, yet your gift will do so much more. Every dollar donated goes towards the education of 20 current UCSC students in horticulture, plant biodiversity, and the practice of public garden management. And their work will be instrumental in the completion of the project. 

In September, 2019 donors will be invited to a special reception showcasing the artfully and expertly constructed garden displays, along with an insider's peek at how it all came together. 

Contact Information

Primary Contact

Amber Burke
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
1 Arboretum Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Secondary Contact

Theresa Milam
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
1 Arboretum Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95064