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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Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Everything will be 10% off. We also have many plants marked down even more! (Download our inventory for details.) Members receive an additional 10% off. Not a member? Join online, at the door, or call ahead. New members receive an additional $10-off coupon as a thank you for joining. LEARN MORE

Download the 5/12/18 inventory:
Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
| Microsoft Excel (.xlsx)

When: Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Where: Arboretum Teaching Nursery
This sale is open to the public, but you can become a member and save! Not a member? Join online, at the door, or call ahead. Members receive 10% of their purchases. New members receive an additional $10-off coupon as a thank you for joining. LEARN MORE

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

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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  • 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.

Wednesday, May 9
Walk with Warren
12-1 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 spring in the UC Davis Arboretum's gardens and collections.

Friday, May 11
2nd Friday ArtAbout at the Arboretum
5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Arboretum GATEway Garden (behind Davis Commons Shopping Center)
Join us for art and music at the Arboretum GATEway Garden, as we participate in the city's monthly self-guided artwalk—the ArtAbout________________________________________

Saturday, May 12
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


Friday, May 18
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally. 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!

Friday, May 18
Stargazing: Arboretum Under the Stars
9-11 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo
Have you ever wanted to see planets, constellations, nebulas, and other celestial bodies up close? Now is your chance! Escape the gravity of work and midterms by joining the Astronomy Club and the Arboretum Ambassadors to see the beauty the universe holds. Enjoy telescope viewing and complimentary hot drinks.

Sunday, May 20
Pollinator Discovery Day
Hummingbird GATEway Garden, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Pollinators are critical to the health of our environment. Learn more about them, how we support their presence on campus and what you can do at home! Join this engaging, all-ages event featuring UC Davis researchers, students, and community members leading tours, demonstrations, interactive investigation stations, and much more! 

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