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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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Saturday, April 11
Public Plant Sale

Low-water Plants You've (Probably) Never Heard of
in addition to a large selection of California natives
and Arboretum All-Stars

Spring Membership Drive

Join or renew between 2/16 and 5/16/2015 to be eligible for prizes including a $75 gift certificate redeemable at any of our plants sales.. Join at the $100+ level for a great new member benefit. LEARN MORE.

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.

Camp Shakespeare in the Arboretum

Join the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble for exciting theater games, acting workshops, and a special productions for kids ages 8-12.
For more information about the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, visit www.shakespearedavis.com.

NEW! Spring Workshop
April 4th- May 2nd
Saturdays, 9am-1pm & Thursdays: 4:30pm-6:30pm (8 total sessions)
LEARN MORE and REGISTER for the Spring Workshop

Summer Sessions
Session 1, July 6–17
Session 2, July 20–21

This summer campers will play clowns, villains, and soldiers in one of Shakespeare’s best comedies: Twelfth Night. Camps run Monday–Friday, 9 am–3 pm with options for early drop-off and late pick-up.
LEARN MORE and REGISTER for Summer Sessions

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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.


Saturday, March 28
Spring Surprises in the Storer Garden
11 a.m., Arboretum Gazebo
Our valley-wise demonstration garden, the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, is beautiful year round, but especially in spring. Just in time for our first public plant sale of the spring season on April 11, you can come get great ideas for your own water-thrifty garden.

Saturday, April 4
Nature Discovery Drop-In Day
12-2 p.m., Arboretum GATEway Garden (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center)
Join us for a couple of hours throughout spring quarter in the Arboretum GATEway Garden. Come explore a variety of topics including ecology, biodiversity, sustainability, and more through hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Wednesday, April 8
Wednesday Walk with Warren
12 p.m., Gazebo
Join Warren Roberts, the superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum, famous storyteller and punster for an always engaging noontime exploration of winter in the UC Davis Arboretum's Warren G. Roberts Redbud Collection.

Friday, April 10
Folk Music Jam Session
12 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, April 11
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery
It's our first public plant sale of the spring season! Shop the area's largest selection of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants including California natives, and Arboretum All-Stars.

Sunday, April 12
Rang Barsey--a Celebration of Holi
12-4 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo
The Indian Graduate Student Association in collaboration with the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden present “Rang Barsey”—a celebration of Holi. Have a fun-filled time in this magnificent celebration of joy with colors, water, and lots of Indian food at the Arboretum Gazebo. Stay tuned for updates about ticketing and other details.

Saturday, April 18
Annual Picnic Day Celebration
10:10 a.m.-12 p.m., Parade (campus and downtown)
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Hands-on activities (Vanderhoef Quad)
Enjoy eco-pot and olive wreath making, and more hands-on activities highlighting the Arboretum and Public Garden’s focus on sustainable gardening at our table in the Vanderhoef Quad.

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