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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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Fall Plant Sales

Saturday, October 7 
Time: Members: 9-11 a.m. | Public: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Saturday, October 21
Open to the Public: 9 a.m - 1 p.m.

Saturday, November 4
Public Clearance Sale: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Place: Arboretum Teaching Nursery

Members save! Not a member? Join online, at the door or call ahead! Friends members save an additional 10% off their plant purchases and new members receive an additional $10 off as a thank you for becoming a member. LEARN MORE about these and other benefits to becoming a Friend of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Wednesday, October 4
11th Annual Opening Night Reading by the Creative Writing Faculty
7 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Wyatt Deck
(Rain location: 126 Voorhies Hall)

Award-winning fiction writers and poets from the UC Davis creative writing program read from their work: Joshua Clover, Greg Glazner, Pam Houston, Jacinda Townsend and Joe Wenderoth. Co-sponsored by the English Department.

Friday, October 6
Folk Music Jam Session
12 — 1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum 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, October 7
Arboretum Plant Sale
Members only: 9-11 a.m. | Public 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery

LIFE AFTER LAWN: Fall is time for planting! If you converting your lawn to a low-water landscape or are just interested including more environmentally-friendly, easy-care plants in your gardens, this is the sale for you. Your outdoor space will turn heads and buzz with beneficial wildlife with help from our incredible selection of Arboretum All-Stars, California natives, and gorgeous drought-tolerant plants.

From 9-11 a.m. we invite members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden and members of the Davis Botanical Society to shop from our selection of over 25,000 regionally-appropriate plants, enjoy the best selection and 10% off all their purchases. From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. this sale is open to the public. The event is free; parking is free and available in nearby visitor parking lot 55 and Putah Creek Lodge (PCL) parking lot.

Not a member? Join online, at the door or call ahead! New members receive 10% off their purchases as well as an additional gift of $10 off thank you gift for joining! For more information on the benefits of membership visit: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/join_the_friends.aspx.

Wednesday, October 11
Walk with Warren
12-1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for an always engaging noontime exploration of late summer in the UC Davis Arboretum's gardens and collections.

Friday, October 13
Meet the Arboretum Tour
5 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Wyatt Deck
Are you wondering what’s up in the Arboretum? Join us for an informal walking tour led by the Arboretum Ambassadors. You’ll discover more about our gardens and plant collections as well as our free public programming. Whether you’re new to campus or returning, we hope you’ll join us for this tour which ends with light refreshments. The event is free; parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Sunday, October 15
Tea & Conversation: Teas Around the Globe
11 a.m-1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Wyatt Deck
(Rain location: 146 Environmental Horticulture)

Join us in sampling teas from many cultures around the world. See what happens when you unplug, slow down, and savor! Co-sponsored by the Global Tea Club and the Arboretum. Everyone is welcome to this free public program. Parking is available at no charge in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

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