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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Fall Plant Sales

Saturday, October 7 
Time: Members: 9-11 a.m. | Public: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Saturday, October 21
Open to the Public: 9 a.m - 1 p.m.

Saturday, November 4
Public Clearance Sale: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Place: Arboretum Teaching Nursery

Members save! Not a member? Join online, at the door or call ahead! Friends members save an additional 10% off their plant purchases and new members receive an additional $10 off as a thank you for becoming a member. LEARN MORE about these and other benefits to becoming a Friend of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

Garden Gems

This season's spring plant sales feature Garden Gems -- beautiful, unique and fascinating plants to delight your senses and complete your sustainable landscape. DOWNLOAD THE LIST

Life After Lawn

SEE PHOTOS and LEARN about local homeowners who have made the switch from lawn to a mixture of low-water shrubs, grasses and perennials. READ MORE

Become a member online!

Avoid the hassle of mailing in your form or joining at a plant sale. You can now become a member of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden online! LEARN 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.



Friday, September 8
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Wyatt Deck

Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour.

Sunday, September 10
Exploring the Wonders of Insects: Talk and Tour
11 a.m.-1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo

Bring your insect collecting nets and join entomologists Melissa Cruz and Joel Hernandez to explore the amazing diversity of insects from California, southern Arizona and more.

Wednesday, September 13
Walk with Warren
12-1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo

Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for an always engaging noontime exploration of late summer in the UC Davis Arboretum's gardens and collections.

Friday, September 22
Folk Music Jam Session
12- 1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum 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.

Sunday, September 24
Pollinator Gardening: Enrich your environment with hummingbirds, bees and butterflies
10 a.m –12 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery

Join Yolo County Master Gardeners, together with horticulture experts from the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, for a morning packed with information about attracting pollinators to your gardens and enriching our environment.

Saturday, September 30
Garden Maintenance Tips
9:30–11 a.m., Facebook Live
Tune in via our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/UCDavisArboretum/

So you’ve taken out your lawn and replaced it with a sustainable landscape, but now how do you maintain all these new plants? Join Taylor Lewis, Arboretum Teaching Nursery Manager, as he share information about how to get your garden ready for fall in the yard of a local homeowner.

Tune in via our Facebook page (see address above) as we go through Ria’s yard and give her garden maintenance tips.

Sunday, October 1
Among the Oaks
11 a.m., Arboretum Gazebo

Explore an amazing variety of oaks from around the world in the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove. Learn about the life cycles of oaks and see why autumn is acorn time in the grove.

Wednesday, October 4
11th Annual Opening Night Reading by the Creative Writing Faculty
7 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Wyatt Deck
(Rain location: 126 Voorhies Hall)

Award-winning fiction writers and poets from the UC Davis creative writing program read from their work: Joshua Clover, Greg Glazner, Pam Houston, Jacinda Townsend and Joe Wenderoth. Co-sponsored by the English Department.

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