Welcome to Norrie’s Gift & Garden Shop

Shop Hours:

Tues-Thurs 11am - 2pm

Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm


Plant Now!!! 

With the rainy season upon us, it is the perfect time to plant here in our California gardens. The ground is soft and new plantings will appreciate the wet soil to drink from.

Central Coast gardens provide critical food and habitat for our native bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. We are always stocked up with a great selection of plants for sale from Mediterranean climates around the world including: California Natives, Australian, Chilean, & South African plants, Succulents, Salvias and more.  

Also enjoy browsing our selection of unique household items, jewelry, gifts, and more. All gift shop proceeds support the UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden, a self-sustaining department of the university.

Buy plants online: Our web store is always open! Visit us online at shopucscarboretum.com. Choose a pick-up appointment and come pick up your plant purchases during the shop's OPEN Hours. (No shipping available). 

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Current plant availability list here.

Read our plant descriptions (PDF)

LOCATION: First building up on the right after entering the Arboretum & Botanic Garden driveway - park in Visitor Parking and walk to the shop.

Questions? CONTACT: arboretum@ucsc.edu

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HISTORY: Norrie’s was built in 1994 with generous donations from Elspeth Bobbs, who was an ardent supporter of all things botanical. In a 2007 NPR interview at 87 years young, she offered her world view: "I'm sorry to say, I'd prefer less people, and more gardens. Gardening is about dreams. And it doesn't matter if the dream doesn't come off because you've enjoyed the dream.” To honor Elspeth, the Arboretum & Botanic Garden named the shop after her daughter Norrie, who died in a tragic accident. Norrie's is celebrating its 25-year anniversary! Read all about it!