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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Annual Appeal

With your help we are cultivating leaders to enhance the environment through our Learning by Leading Program. To further expand this program's impact and the opportunities we offer, we are asking for your support to grow our Learning by Leading student scholarship fund. LEARN MORE and GIVE

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Volunteers needed!

We are seeking new volunteers to join our gardening and habitat restoration teams. Training will be offered this winter and include a combination of expert instruction and hands-on projects. There will be a $20 materials fee due at your team’s first scheduled training date. LEARN MORE

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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

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.
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  • 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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FEATURED EVENT
Saturday, February 11
The Feast: A celebration of mead and honey

6-9 p.m., Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, Sensory Building
Drink mead, enjoy live music, and partake in a mouth-watering menu created by Ann Evans, author of the recently released Davis Farmer's Market Cookbook. The event will also feature more about our growing partnership with the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center and how we are working to collaborate on a pollinator-friendly kitchen garden at the UC Davis Good Life Garden. Tickets are $150 / person and proceeds benefit the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center.
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Sunday, January 22
Get Down with Upcycling
1–3 p.m., Wyatt Deck, Arboretum Drive
(Rain location: 146 Environmental Horticulture)
Ever wonder what you can do with those empty soda bottles or milk cartons? Turn that trash into treasure! Join the Arboretum Ambassadors and the Aggie Reuse Store for a sustainable craft-making workshop. Learn how to press plants and upcycle everyday waste items into fun and creative crafts.

Friday, January 27
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. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880.

Wednesday, February 8
Walk with Warren

12 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 the UC Davis Arboretum’s west-end gardens. Parking can be found along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55 in metered spots or by purchase of a $9 daily pass. Some members may be eligible for a free parking pass. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880.

Thursday, February 9
Open Mic Night Under the Stars
7-9 p.m., Wyatt Deck, UC Davis Arboretum (Rain location: 146 Environmental Horticulture)
Students and community members are welcome to watch or perform at our open mic in the Arboretum! Come enjoy an evening of acts from talented community members and 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. 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.

Friday, February 10
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. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880.

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