Welcome to Norrie’s Gift & Garden Shop

Shop Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am-4pm

Come see our amazing collection of outdoor & indoor plants for sale while getting your holiday gift shopping taken care of at the same time!

Fall is the BEST time to plant!

Our home gardens provide critical food and habitat for our native bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Norrie's outdoor nursery is always stocked up with a great selection of plants from Mediterranean climates around the world including:

California Natives
Australian plants
Chilean plants
South African plants
Succulents, Salvias and more! 

Holiday Shopping!

Norrie's is the perfect place for your holiday shopping! Come check out our:

Fine woodworking
Art & photography
Books (several written and published by Arboretum student workers & UCSC graduates!)
Kids toys
Holiday decorations & stocking stuffers
Garden art, pots and small tools
Fun, quirky gifts and more!
Support Local Artists!
We carry the work of many local artists, some whose art is only available at the Arboretum!


All gift shop proceeds help to support the general operations of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Current Arboretum Members enjoy a 10% discount on gifts and plants - Bring your membership card to the Arb!

Buy plants online: Our web store is always open! Visit us online at shopucscarboretum.com. Buy your plants from the comfort of your home then come pick them up during the shop's OPEN Hours. (No shipping available and discount not available for online purchases). 

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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.

Want to volunteer?

Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop is looking for more volunteers! Working at Norrie's is a great way to support the Arboretum while welcoming and interacting with fellow bird, plant and garden lovers from all over the world. Minimum of 2 three-hour shifts per month, 4 shifts per month prefered. All training provided on site. Visit our Volunteer page to learn more. 


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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!