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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JOB OPENING:
Gardening Specialist


Apply by March 6, 2018

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2 positions available

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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Friday, February 23
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome! The event is free; parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Saturday, February 24
Amazing Acacias
2 p.m., Putah Creek Lodge
Don’t miss the spectacular late winter display of yellow blossoms in the Eric E. Conn Acacia Grove! Join us for a guided tour featuring over 50 different acacias from around the world. The event is free; parking is free on weekends in Putah Creek Lodge Visitor Parking Lot off Garrod Drive. Click here for a map of the location.

Sunday, February 25
Native Californian Elderberry Flute-making Workshop
1-3 p.m., 146 Environmental Horticulture
Learn how to make and play an elderberry flute with East Bay Regional Parks docent Antonio Flores who will talk about the craft and culture of Native Californian flute making as well as the endangered elderberry beetle. All materials will be supplied. Please bring a sharpened pocket knife if you have one. Adults will need to supervise their young children. All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors. The event is free; free parking is available in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 5. Click here for a map of the location.

Tuesday, February 27
Learn & Shop: Garden Gems
10 a.m.-12 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
$24/per person for Friends members |
$29/per person for non-members
(cost includes $9 parking permit)
Want to add some "bling" to make your garden sing? Come learn about what our horticulture staff call "Garden Gems," some of the easiest and most rewarding plants for bloom and color. Following the talk with our Director of Horticulture Ellen Zagory, stay and enjoy shopping in the Arboretum Teaching Nursery where you'll find your own gems to take home from our extensive collection of UC Davis-grown plants.

Saturday, March 3
Rang Barsey – A celebration of Holi
12–4 p.m., UC Davis 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 and love with colors, water, and lots of Indian food at the Arboretum Gazebo. Stay tuned for updates including ticket prices. Parking on weekends is available at no charge along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55.

Sunday, March 4
Botanic Fanatics 
12-2 p.m., Wyatt Deck
There will be plant-y of things to do at the Botanic Fanatic! Come join us to learn about unusual edible plants and how make plant-based essential oils, potpourri, and dyes.The event is free; parking is available in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Sunday, March 4
Spring Surprises in the Garden
2 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo
Take a guided tour to explore succulents, perennials and more in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, one of our popular low-water demonstration gardens. Parking on weekends is available at no charge along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55.

Friday, March 9
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome! The event is free; parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Saturday, March 10
MEMBER APPRECIATION PLANT SALE
to Support the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
Our first spring sale is for MEMBERS ONLY. 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! For more information on the benefits of membership visit: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/join_the_friends.aspx. The event is free; parking is free and available in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55 (click here for location) or Visitor Parking Lot PCL (click here for location).

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