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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Good Life Garden:
GATEway to the Edible Campus

April 20 - May 3: Help support the Good Life Garden as the GATEway to the Edible Campus. As our nation's numbers one school of agriculture and one of the world's most sustainable universities, UC Davis is home to students and a community interested in nourishing the world responsibly. In support of this passion, and with your help, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden will transform one of our campus's most high-profile areas -- the Good Life Garden -- to a place where we can share the science and social justic issues around food, food production and food safety. LEARN MORE

SPRING Plant Sales


Due to rain, flood and lots of mud we are postponing this plant sale for the first time in our 45+ year history. We don't take this lightly and really hope you will join us on April 14. Those who attend will receive a special "rain check" of a $10-value coupon good for Arboretum plant sale purchases. LEARN MORE

Download the 4/14/18 inventory:
Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
| Microsoft Excel (.xlsx)

When: Sunday, April 29 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Where: Arboretum Teaching Nursery
This sale is open to the public, but you can join and save! Not a member? Join online, at the door, or call ahead. Members receive 10% of their purchases and, at this sale, an additional $10 member appreciation gift. New members receive an additional $10-off coupon as a thank you for joining. LEARN MORE

Upcoming Public Plant Sale Date
Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

10 Bees and 10 Plants They Love

Look for these (mostly California native) bees and others in your outdoor spaces. They are all quite different from honey bees and each other. DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE (For best printing use legal size paper.)
Learn more about the importance of native bees, read Taking care of our native bees' needs

Pollinator Plant List: Hummingbirds

Attract hummingbirds to your garden year round with these plants, most of which will also be available at our upcoming plant sales! 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:  ROYALS & RIVALS!

Ages 8-12
Session 1: July 9 – July 20, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.,
Session 2: July 23 – August 3, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., (Mon.-Fri.)
Location: Arboretum Gazebo

Teen Camp: Ages 13-18
July 23 – August 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., (Mon.-Fri.)
Location: Arboretum & Veterans' Memorial Theater

Looking for an adventure this summer?  Campers explore classic showdowns from two productions of Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s 2018 season: Mary Stuart and As You Like It. Through theatre games, acting workshops, and a culminating performance, campers will discover the thrill of this year's stories.

SIGN-UP NOW! Visit shakespearedavis.org or email davis.shakespeare@gmail.com or call 530-802-0998.

Saturday, April 21
Annual Picnic Day Celebration
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., UC Davis campus
Where you can find us!
Parade 10:10 a.m, - 12 p.m.
UC Davis campus and downtown
Good Life Garden, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.,
Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
Celebrate UC Davis at this family friendly extravaganza. It’s free for all to come and experience the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis in the areas of research, teaching and public service.

This year, look for our float in the ever-popular Picnic Day parade and in the UC Davis Good Life Garden where attendees can meet our Learning by Leading Edible Landscaping studends and find out more about our "GATEway to the Edible Campus" campaign. To find out about all the Picnic Day activities including directions and parking visit: http://picnicday.ucdavis.edu.

Sunday, April 22
Arboretum Discovery Tours
Arboretum Gazebo, UC Davis campus
Tours begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day! Join our Learning by Leading interns and the UC Master Gardeners of Yolo County for interactive tours of popular areas including our Hummingbird GATEway Garden, Peter J. Shields Oak Grove, and the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden. You will not only learn more about the Arboretum's history, programs, and gardens, you will get your sustainable gardening questions answered by experts!

Saturday, April 28
Yoga in the Arboretum
11 a.m., Arboretum Gazebo, UC Davis campus
De-stress, exercise and enjoy nature! Join us for an hour of yoga appropriate for all skill levels led by certified instructor Erin Korotzer. Dress comfortably. Please bring a towel or yoga mat and water bottle. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors.

Sunday, April 29
to Support the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery

DIY Pollinator Paradise
Shop our one-acre nursery for an incredible selection of Arboretum All-Stars, California natives and thousands of other attractive, low-water plants perfect for creating a landscape alive with environmentally important pollinators.

Members Save!
Not a member? Call ahead or join at the door! All members receive 10% off their purchases and at this sale members receive a $10 off member appreciation gift; new members receive an additional $10 off as a thank you for joining. The benefits of membership far outweigh your cost! LEARN MORE

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