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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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A Big Day of Giving THANK YOU!

Thanks to your efforts we exceeded our $20,000 goal and raised over $23,000 during our region's Big Day of Giving to help create our campus's first hummingbird demonstration garden. READ MORE

Life After Lawn

One year ago, in fall 2014, Ria de Grassi filled her yard with UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars and other low-water regionally-appropriate plants. Find out about how her yard is progressing and the steps she took to get there. 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.

More News

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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.


Friday, August 26
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session. All skill levels and listeners welcome! LEARN MORE

Saturday, September 3
Succulent Surprises
10 a.m., Ruth Risdon Storer Garden
Looking for striking low-water plants for your garden? Try succulents! They’re easy care and come in all shapes and sizes. See examples in our Ruth Risdon Storer Garden and learn how to grow them. LEARN MORE

Friday, September 9
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session. All skill levels and listeners welcome! LEARN MORE

Sunday, September 11
New! Ask a Master Gardener
10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Arboretum GATEway Garden (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center)
New! UC Master Gardeners will be available to answer your questions, share plant information and highlight sustainable gardening practices. This is an informal drop-in program, not a guided tour. LEARN MORE

Wednesday, September 14
Walk with Warren
12-1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, UC Davis campus
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum, famous storyteller and punster, for an always engaging noontime exploration of summer in the UC Davis Arboretum's gardens and collections. LEARN MORE

Sunday, September 18
Butterflies, Moths and More: Talk & Tour
10 a.m, Wyatt Deck, UC Davis Arboretum
Join entomologist Joel Hernandez to explore the amazing diversity of butterflies and moths both near and far. All ages are welcome. LEARN MORE

Saturday, October 1
Plant Sale
Members: 9 - 11 a.m.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
Fall is time for planting! If you are trying to convert your lawn to a low-water landscape or are just interested including more environmentally-friendly, easy-care plants in your gardens, these are the sales for you.

Become a member and save! Not a member? Call ahead or join at the door.
All members receive 10% off their purchases; new members receive an additional $10 off as a thank you for joining. LEARN MORE

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