Welcome to Norrie’s Gift & Garden Shop

Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop  

Our Shop is Open: We have an abundance of beautiful plants available in our outdoor nursery! Our indoor gift shop is now open with masks required for all customers inside the building. Enjoy a safe shopping experience and browse our selection of unique and interesting plants, household items, jewelry, gifts, and more. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Buy plants online: Our web store is open! Visit us at shopucscarboretum.com. We are offering curbside pickup appointments every half hour from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. 

Year-round Gardening: 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. 

Updated May plant availability list: You can find a list of available plants here.

Read our plant descriptions (PDF


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

STORE HOURS: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
See Hours & Admission for the Arboretum's Holiday Garden Closures
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!