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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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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4-out-of-4 Star Accreditation

In October, the Professional Grounds Management Society—a group of grounds professionals from organizations including universities, parks, and municipalities, both national and international—awarded a four-out-of-four star accreditation to the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s grounds and landscape services team for their outstanding work in environmental stewardship, economic performance, and social responsibility. LEARN MORE and READ the full report.

More News

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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.


Wednesday, October 7
Opening Night: Readings by Creative Writing Faculty
7 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Award-winning fiction writers and poets from the UC Davis Creative Writing Program read from their work.

Friday, October 9
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., 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, October 10
Celebrating 10 Years of
Arboretum All-Stars

9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery
Shop the area's largest selection of attractive, low-water, easy-care, regionally appropriate plants.

Sunday, October 11
Walking in the Woods with Chemistry:
Talk & Tour

1 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo
Have you ever wondered what makes up the flavor of your wine? Or how a plant can cure cancer? What the smell is in your perfume? Or how a tree defends itself? Join UC Davis Chemistry professors for a talk and tour in the Arboretum, exploring these plant chemistry mysteries and more. All ages invited.

Sunday, October 11 through December 7
Walking in the Woods with Chemistry:

Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, Mediterranean Collection, Conifer Collection, and Mary Wattis Brown Garden
Explore our temporary exhibit to discover how a plant can cure cancer, what plant molecules create the smell in your soap and perfume, and how a plant defends itself chemically. Spread across several collections in the Arboretum this exhibit reveals some of the research of UC Davis Chemistry Professor Dean Tantillo, Plant Biology Professor Philipp Zerbe, and Chemistry Ph.D. candidate Nhu Nguyen. Co-sponsored by the Tantillo Group, Chemistry Department, Zerbe Group, and the Department of Plant Biology.

Wednesday, October 14
Walk with Warren: West-End Gardens
12-1 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster for an always engaging noontime exploration of fall at the UC Davis Arboretum's west-end gardens.

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