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 Nature Craft Workshops.

Events for September and October

  • Tour groupFirst Saturday Free Tour, September 1. Free tour with paid admission. Meet at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop at 11:00 am.
  • epilobium canumCommunity Day, September 4. The first Tuesday of every month admission is free to all visitors. NOTEDue to limited parking at the Arboretum and the popularity of Community Day, we greatly encourage visitors to carpool, bike, walk or use public transportation as much as possible.
  • banner imageInsider’s view of the UC Santa Cruz Farm and UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic GardenSaturday, September 8th, 11 am - 2 pm. Tickets: $40. Beverages, snacks, and lunch provided. Get an exclusive look into the past, present, and future of the campus’s iconic South Campus programs. Purchase tickets.
  • bird walks imageBird Walks with the Bird School Project. Sunday, September 9, 7:30am - 9:00am. Free for Arboretum Members. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
  • CNPS bannerCalifornia Native Plant Society Meeting. Monday, September 10, 7:30pm, Horticulture II Building. Public welcome, donations appreciated.
  • rose hipsYoga and Ethnobotany at the Arboretum. Tuesday, September 11, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm and Wednesday, September 12, 7:30 am – 8:45 am. A class combining the ancient practice of yoga and using plants as healing agents. Instructors: Lisa Marie, Yoga/Flower Essence Therapist; Rick Flores, steward of the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program. Registration is required.
  • Membership meeting

    Annual Membership Meeting. Sunday, September 16 4 PM - 6 PM

    Join us for wine, cheese and light appetizers. Live jazz will continue throughout the meeting. Stay after the meeting and enjoy the special VIP opportunity to wander the gardens after hours.

  • rose hipsYoga and Ethnobotany at the Arboretum. Tuesday, September 18, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm and Wednesday, September 19, 7:30 am – 8:45 am. A class combining the ancient practice of yoga and using plants as healing agents. Instructors: Lisa Marie, Yoga/Flower Essence Therapist; Rick Flores, steward of the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program. Registration is required.
  • Encelia CalifornicaCitizen Science: Arboretum Phenology Walk. Saturday, September 22, 11:00am-1pm. Do you enjoy watching plants change through the seasons? Would you like to be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change? Advanced registration is recommended.
  • rose hipsYoga and Ethnobotany at the Arboretum. Tuesday, September 25, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm and Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 am – 8:45 am. A class combining the ancient practice of yoga and using plants as healing agents. Instructors: Lisa Marie, Yoga/Flower Essence Therapist; Rick Flores, steward of the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program. Registration is required.
  • dyeing woolNature Craft Workshop: Saturday, September 29, 10 am-3 pm. "Dyeing Wool with Invasive Plants: Land Tending & Re-imagining Our Sense of Place", with Burl Wood and Elena Staley. Learn about harvesting plants for color using fire mimicry & wild-tending techniques. Workshop limited to 18 participants. Register for this workshop now.
  • flowerCommunity Day, October 2. The first Tuesday of every month admission is free to all visitors. NOTEDue to limited parking at the Arboretum and the popularity of Community Day, we greatly encourage visitors to carpool, bike, walk or use public transportation as much as possible.
  • rose hipsYoga and Ethnobotany at the Arboretum. Tuesday, October 2, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm and Wednesday, October 3, 7:30 am – 8:45 am. A class combining the ancient practice of yoga and using plants as healing agents. Instructors: Lisa Marie, Yoga/Flower Essence Therapist; Rick Flores, steward of the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program. Registration is required.
  • tour of aroma gardenFirst Saturday Free Tour, October 6. Free tour with paid admission. Meet at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop at 11:00 am.
  • rose hipsYoga and Ethnobotany at the Arboretum. Tuesday, October 9, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm and Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 am – 8:45 am. A class combining the ancient practice of yoga and using plants as healing agents. Instructors: Lisa Marie, Yoga/Flower Essence Therapist; Rick Flores, steward of the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program. Registration is required.
  • plant sale bannerFall Plant SaleSaturday, October 13. 10 am to noon - Arboretum and California Native Plant Society Members Presale; Noon to 4 pm - Open to the PublicIn partnership with the California Native Plant Society, the sale offers high quality, regionally-friendly plants from both groups at great prices.
  • No alternative textWalks with the Bird School Project. Sunday, October 14, 7:30am - 9:00am. Free for Arboretum Members. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
  • rose hipsYoga and Ethnobotany at the Arboretum. Tuesday, October 16, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm and Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 am – 8:45 am. A class combining the ancient practice of yoga and using plants as healing agents. Instructors: Lisa Marie, Yoga/Flower Essence Therapist; Rick Flores, steward of the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program. Registration is required.
  • rose hipsYoga and Ethnobotany at the Arboretum. Tuesday, October 23, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm and Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 am – 8:45 am. A class combining the ancient practice of yoga and using plants as healing agents. Instructors: Lisa Marie, Yoga/Flower Essence Therapist; Rick Flores, steward of the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program. Registration is required.
  • arboretum signArboretum Board Meeting. Wednesday, October 24, 5pm in Horticulture II Building.
  • silk scarf printNature Craft Workshop: Saturday, October 27, 10 am-2 pm. "Eco-Printing on Silk", with Burl Wood and Elena Staley. Using leaves, flowers, vegetable skins, mushrooms, nut hulls and roots, we will naturally dye silk scarves. This class will include a short walk to identify particular plants, and classroom time designing and steaming our scarves. Class size is limited to 15.
  • rose hipsYoga and Ethnobotany at the Arboretum. Tuesday, October 30, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm and Wednesday, October 31, 7:30 am – 8:45 am. A class combining the ancient practice of yoga and using plants as healing agents. Instructors: Lisa Marie, Yoga/Flower Essence Therapist; Rick Flores, steward of the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program. Registration is required.