Welcome to the UC Davis Arboretum

The Arboretum gardens are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and there is no charge for admission.

The Arboretum has something for everyone:

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  • Spring Friends membership drive and drawing! Join or renew between 3/1/14 and 5/17/14 to be eligible for prizes. Click for more information.
  • Sign-up to receive news and updates from the Arboretum & Public Garden.
  • Sign-up to volunteer for a variety of planting days throughout campus.
  • Learn more about The UC Davis GATEways Project. Review our Concept Guide and Progress Update here.
  • You can now search the Arboretum library catalog online.
  • Visit our partner garden centers and nurseries and receive a 10% discount for members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum: Davis Ace Hardware in Davis, Silverado Building Materials & Nursery in Sacramento, Lemuria Nursery in Dixon, Redwood Barn Nursery in Davis, Three Palms Nursery in Davis, and Boxwood Nursery & Gifts in Woodland.

Saturday, April 19
Guided Tour: Bicycle Tour of the Arboretum
2 pm, Arboretum Gazebo
Soak in the colors, sights and sounds of the Arboretum on a one-hour guided bike tour. Come prepared with your bike and water bottle; the pace will be leisurely to allow for exploration and questions.

Thursday, April 24
Poetry in the Garden: Heera Kulkarni and Kenya Mitchell
12-1 pm, Wyatt Deck
Open Mic after readings (New feature!)
Heera Kulkarni holds two masters degrees from the two continents, Asia & North America, in Social Work and Education, respectively. She teaches Indian classical music and is director of Raga Academy School of Indian Music. She writes poetry in Hindi, Marathi, and English, and has recorded some of her poems and songs in an album called Shama. Kenya Mitchell is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis. She explores the intersection between race, femininity and class in her poetry and prose. Kenya has published two books, Aftermath of a Sociopath and Blue Line To Wonderland, and has pieces in publications ranging from Harvard School of Education's ALANA Anthology to New York Magazine.

Friday, April 25
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 pm, Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.

Saturday, April 26
9 am-1 pm, Arboretum Teaching Nursery
THE NEW FRONT YARD: Prepare your landscape for long-term water conservation with attractive, drought-tolerant, easy-care, region-appropriate plants including a large selection of California natives and Arboretum All-Stars. Not a member? Join the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum at the door to receive a new-member, $10-off coupon. All members receive the regular member discount of 10% off your total purchases. Find out more about becoming a member here. Click for more information.

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