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.

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Sat., May 14, Clearance Plant Sale

The public is invited to shop from thousands of gorgeous lawn-replacement plants for sustainable, water-wise landscapes! Become a member and save! Not a member? Join at the door or call ahead.
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Arboretum Photo Scavenger Hunt
April 25 - May 9

Come and discvoer the Arboretum in a way you never have before! LEARN MORE

Life After Lawn

One year ago, in fall 2014, Ria de Grassi filled her yard with UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars and other low-water regionally-appropriate plants. Find out about how her yard is progressing and the steps she took to get there. READ MORE

Campus Lawn Conversions

While every unit on campus is working to conserve water, LEARN MORE about how the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden working to conserve water in our landscapes.

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  • 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.


Camp Shakespeare
Summer of Heroes Ages 8-12
Session 1: July 7 – July 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Session 2: July 25 – August 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Shields Oak Grove, UC Davis campus
Teen Camp Ages 13-18
July 25 – August 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.,
Shields Oak Grove (July 25-29)
Location TBA (August 1-5)

Saturday, April 23
Birdstrike! Improv Comedy Theatre 
6-7 p.m., Wyatt Deck, Arboretum Drive, UC Davis campus ( Rain Location Env. Hort. 146)
Enjoy a thirty-minute comedy show followed by a brief workshop on improv basics. Come ready to laugh and participate! This event will contain mature content (not appropriate for children) and lots of humor. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors.

April 25 – May 9
Arboretum Photo Scavenger Hunt
multiple locations throughout the Arboretum
Discover the UC Davis Arboretum in a way you never have before! For two weeks everyone is invited to explore features of the Arboretum in a photo scavenger hunt. Ten spots will be revealed through our Facebook event page on April 25.

Big Day of Giving
All day, May 3
24 hours to give where your heart is! Show your LOVE for the Arboretum and Public Garden during this 24-hour regional celebration of giving. Visit our home page on May 3, select the Big Day of Giving button, and make a secure online gift starting at $25. Your gift will help us fund a hummingbird garden for the Arboretum!

Friday, May 6
Stargazing in the White Flower Garden
9 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo, UC Davis campus
Need to get away from it all? Join the Arboretum Ambassadors and the UC Davis Astronomy Club for a free night of stargazing! Bring the whole family.

May 7 – May 8
An Untitled Project Involving Bodies, Dirt and Space
In this project, performance artist, author, actress, and visiting Theatre & Dance professor, Margaret Laurena Kemp, crafts a multi-disciplinary experience among the Arboretum’s gardens and collections. Throughout three performances taking place over the course of two days, she explores the racialized body as text in the American landscape. Directed by Lisa Quoresimo, Ph.D. candidate in performance studies.

Saturday, May 7
Where Does the Blue Sky Start?
1 – 3 p.m., Shields Oak Grove
Margaret literally digs deep, calling forth Margaret Garner and numerous other ancestors, interrogating layers of place, identity and authorship.

Saturday, May 7
5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Begins at Arboretum GATEway Garden then travels west through the Arboretum
A ritual dance in which a ghost returns, its rest having been disturbed by layers of individual and institutional inhumanities.

Sunday, May 8
Do Not Obey
2:45 – 5 p.m., East of the Arboretum Gazebo
Women from the community of Davis share their personal journeys through life’s rules (made, taken, and/or broken) through dance and spoken word.

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