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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Waterway WOW! Campaign

LEARN MORE and GIVE April 21 – May 4

Phase one of the Arboretum Waterway Maintenance and Enhancement Project is underway. LEARN MORE

With this work we are one step closer to fulfilling our campus and community’s multi-year vision that the waterway be a place that reflects the environmental expertise of UC Davis and serves as a resource for student and community engagement. Once contractors are done with the Phase One project area, we will need funding to plant the waterway’s banks in this location with over 6,000 plants and launch a pilot internship program where students will gain experience managing and enhancing this complex system.To do this we are hoping to raise $50,000 during the Waterway WOW! campaign.

We hope you will consider a gift during this timeframe!

Spring Plant Sales

at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery

Public Clearance Sale: Saturday, April 29 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Inventory: Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) | Microsoft Excel (.xlsx)


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.



Camp Shakespeare: Summer of Adventure

Ages 8-12
Session 1: July 10 – July 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., (M-F)
Session 2: July 24 – August 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., (M-F)
Arboretum Gazebo

Teen Camp: Ages 13-18
July 24 – August 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., (Mon.-Fri.)
Location TBA

Looking for an adventure this summer? Sign up for Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s Camp Shakespeare and explore the exciting worlds of The Three Musketeers & A Midsummer Night's Dream through acting, improv, stage combat, costume design, dance, music and more!

More Information
Visit www.shakespearedavis.org/education/camp-shakespeare-2017/ or call 530-802-CAMP.


Saturday, April 29
Arboretum Public CLEARANCE Plant Sale
9 a.m.— 1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
LIFE AFTER LAWN: Find the right plants to create your sustainable landscape at great prices because everything will be marked down. Even though this will be our last sale of the spring season we will still have one of the area’s largest selections of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants including lots California natives and Arboretum All-Stars. Plus our members save even more! Members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum will save an additional 10% off our clearance prices. Not a member? Call ahead or join at the door! New members not only receive 10% off their purchases, they receive an additional $10 off coupon as a thank you gift for joining! For more information on the benefits of membership visit: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/join_the_friends.aspx.

Sunday, April 30
What’s up with the Arboretum Waterway?
1:30 — 2:30 p.m., Wyatt Deck
The Arboretum Waterway has a complex past and exciting future. Come learn about its history, how it came to be the centerpiece of the Arboretum and the plans for renovating and transforming it over the next few years.
Parking is available with the purchase of a $9 permit in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Friday, May 5
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.
The event is free; parking is available with the purchase of a $9 permit in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive. Some members may be eligible for a free parking pass.

Saturday, May 6
Can You Hear the Eco?
Spoken Word in the Arboretum
5 — 6:30 p.m., Wyatt Deck
(Rain location: Environmental Horticulture 146) UC Davis campus
Join Sick Spits and the Arboretum Ambassadors on the Wyatt Deck for an evening of spoken word about environmental issues and personal reflections. Talk about your relationship with the environment, favorite aspect of the Arboretum, or a passionate environmental matter. All are welcome to speak and listen. Parking is available at no charge on the weekends in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Sunday, May 7
Tea & Conversations
11 a.m.— 1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Join us in the Arboretum for tea and let’s talk. This event is brought to you thanks to a collaboration between the Global Tea Club and the Arboretum Ambassadors. The program is free; parking is free in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Thursday, May 18
Open Mic Night Under the Stars
7 — 9 p.m., Wyatt Deck (Rain location: Environmental Horticulture 146)
Students and community members are welcome to watch or perform at our open mic in the Arboretum! Delight in an evening of acts from talented community members while enjoying complimentary refreshments. If you would like to perform, email us at openmicnightucd@gmail.com with your name and a description of your performance to reserve a spot. Five to 10 minutes will be given to each performer. Limited spots available. Intended for mature audiences. Parking is available with the purchase of a $9 permit in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.


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