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.

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Saturday, April 25
Public Plant Sale

Low-water Plants You've (Probably) Never Heard of
in addition to a large selection of California natives
and Arboretum All-Stars

Spring Membership Drive

Join or renew between 2/16 and 5/16/2015 to be eligible for prizes including a $75 gift certificate redeemable at any of our plants sales.. Join at the $100+ level for a great new member benefit. LEARN MORE.

4-out-of-4 Star Accreditation

In October, the Professional Grounds Management Society—a group of grounds professionals from organizations including universities, parks, and municipalities, both national and international—awarded a four-out-of-four star accreditation to the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s grounds and landscape services team for their outstanding work in environmental stewardship, economic performance, and social responsibility. LEARN MORE and READ the full report.

Camp Shakespeare in the Arboretum

Join the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble for exciting theater games, acting workshops, and a special productions for kids ages 8-12.
For more information about the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, visit www.shakespearedavis.com.

Summer Sessions
Session 1, July 6–17
Session 2, July 20–21

This summer campers will play clowns, villains, and soldiers in one of Shakespeare’s best comedies: Twelfth Night. Camps run Monday–Friday, 9 am–3 pm with options for early drop-off and late pick-up.
LEARN MORE and REGISTER for Summer Sessions

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.


Saturday, April 18
Annual Picnic Day Celebration
10:10 a.m.-12 p.m., Parade (campus and downtown)
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Hands-on activities (Vanderhoef Quad)
Enjoy eco-pot and olive wreath making, and more hands-on activities highlighting the Arboretum and Public Garden’s focus on sustainable gardening at our table in the Vanderhoef Quad.

Saturday, April 25
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery
It's our first public plant sale of the spring season! Shop the area's largest selection of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants including California natives, and Arboretum All-Stars.

Sunday, April 26
Nature Discovery Drop-In Days
12 - 2 p.m., Arboretum GATEway Garden (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center)
Come explore a variety of topics including ecology, biodiversity, sustainability, and more through hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Saturday, May 2
What the Funk?
7 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Join us for a free evening of music with the jaszziest funk band in Davis--Dank Ocean!

Sunday, May 3
Arboretum GATEway Garden Community Festival
1-3 p.m., Arboretum GATEway Garden (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center)
Join us for a free festival to dedicate our newest garden--the Arboretum GATEway Garden. Enjoy hands-on activieis for all ages, gardn tours, music, refreshments, and more!

Sunday, May 3
Ethnobotany Tour of the Arboretum
2:15-3:30 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Learn more about the many ways plants can be used in everyday life. Join us for a free guided enthnobotany tour followed by a tea tasting.

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