Facility Rentals

Australian Rock Garden

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum &
Botanic Garden Rental Information

Effective July 2021: Due to several staff retirements and relocations during recent months, the Arboretum has had to put a temporary moratorium on the scheduling of weddings and memorials until we can fill some of our vacant staff positions. We will consider indoor and outdoor rentals for simple meetings or other small events that fall within our Facility Rental requirements. 

The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden comprises approximately 100 acres of gardens and research areas on the University of California Santa Cruz campus. It offers a truly unique and rustic setting for weddings and other special events. View our gallery of venue photos.

The gardens provide the perfect backdrop to celebrate amid the unmatched beauty and diversity of flora from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and California.


The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden provides the perfect space for your event. The Garden has two outdoor spaces: the Australian Rock Garden and Picnic Area and the South African Garden. Our Gardens are ideal for a rustic wedding ceremony, poetry reading, or family gathering.

Outdoor spaces may be rented starting at 9:00 a.m. until sunset or the hours stated below. Full day fees apply to 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Afterhours are charged by the hour and must get special approval. 

Month of Event                              Facilities open for events until
October through April 6:00 p.m.
May through September 8:00 p.m.
Early hours (before 9:00 a.m.) $100/hour
After hours (after 5:00 p.m.) $200/hour









Australian Rock Garden and Picnic Area

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Name of Venue


Facility Fee Deposit

Australian Rock Garden
and Picnic Area


$1500 full day

$800 half day (9-1 or 1-5pm)

$500 due at time of booking

required 60 days
prior to secure the site


South African Garden

south africa garden

Name of Venue Capacity          Facility Fee Deposit
South African Garden 80

$500 full day

$300 half day (9-1 or 1-5pm)

$500 due at time of booking

required 60 days prior to secure the site


Horticulture II Meeting Hall

Our meeting hall is ideal for meetings, lectures, and receptions. There is a large conference table at the back of the room and a sink available for use (refrigerator is for staff only and there are no cooking facilities). Full payment is required to book the hall. 

Indoor spaces may be rented between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and on weekends and evenings by special arrangement and with additional fees. 

hort II reception set up

     hort II interior meeting set up

Horticulture II Meeting Hall Rental Fees (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) $500 for non-campus users
$400 for campus users   
1,630 sq. feet- 35’ wide x 48’  Carpeted area is 35’ x 35’ & concrete area is 35’ x 13'
Capacity: Lecture seating - 100 persons
Classroom/ Meal seating - 75 persons
85 Chairs and 12 rectangular 6’ tables included.

$150 for set-up fee

Wall mounted projection screen (10’ x 10’) , microphone and amplification, wooden podium, and projection table, WiFi. Complimentary
Video Projector Rental (4000 lumen). $40 per day
Outdoor Patio Area - Add on to Hort II Meeting Hall Rental (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) $300 

Additional Rental Information

All equipment, supplies, trash, etc. must be removed and the space returned to its original configuration by the closing times noted above. The renter agrees to pay an additional fee of $200 per hour for exceeding these times.

Early and After Hours: Early and after hours can be arranged if staff are available and for an additional fee on top of the base rental fees listed above. Option not available for half-day rentals.

Early Hours (before 9:00 a.m.):        $100/hour

After Hours (after 5:00 p.m.):           $200/hour

Deposit and Payment (recharge form for campus users)
A deposit is required to book an outdoor space. The full deposit will be refunded three weeks after the event should no damages or additional fees be incurred. Full payment is required to book the indoor meeting hall. The full facility rental fee must be received no later than 60 days prior to the event.  Failure to remit payment may result in loss of reservation and forfeiture of fees paid to date.

Damage to plants, equipment, furniture or carpet will result in charges equal to the replacement costs.

Discounted rental fees are offered for UCSC departmental and student organization meetings, events, trainings and campus-sponsored celebrations. The discount does not apply to students, staff or faculty using the space for personal events. In the case of memorials & celebrations of life for a UCSC student, staff or faculty member, we will offer the discount if a recharge is to be used for payment, thus confirming this is a department-supported event. Please note, the Arboretum is a self-supporting unit on campus and all rental fees assist with our ability to keep the gardens alive.

Campus recharges should be signed and submitted to the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden no later than three days prior to the event.

Cancellations occurring more than 60 days in advance of the event will be reimbursed the rental fees received to date. The deposit for the garden spaces is non-refundable, if cancelled within 60 days of the event. Cancellation of the Horticulture II Meeting Hall within 60 days, will result in a $50 cancellation fee.

Arboretum parking is limited to 60 spaces and is shared with garden visitors. Additional parking may be coordinated with the campus’ Transportation and Parking Services unit, TAPS. Please see the TAPS website for information and booking: https://taps.ucsc.edu/parking/event-parking/index.html 

For ease of parking and to guide guests to the event site, we recommend having parking attendants for the hour prior to the event start time.