Arboretum Teaching Nursery

Plant Sales

Shop our seasonal plant sales to find an incredible selection of attractive, low-water plants perfect for our region. By choosing to shop with us, not only will you bring home beautiful plants that help support a sustainable environment, your purchases play a vital role in supporting the growth and care of our gardens, student environmental leadership opportunities, and free public programs.

Nursery Improvements in Progress

This summer, we’ve turned our efforts to upgrading outdoor areas of the Arboretum Teaching Nursery. Smooth concrete now covers the major path arteries that customers use to navigate the nursery. We’ve also enhanced the smaller paths with hexpave and gravel.

Nurture the Nursery

Learn more about Nurture the Nursery, our community campaign to grow the impact of the Arboretum Teaching Nursery! Thank you to everyone who is supporting accessibility upgrades, educational enhancements, student environmental leaders and an even greater focus on climate-ready gardening.

Nursery Caretakers

A small group of volunteer nursery caretakers at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery transplant up to 300 seedlings and cuttings a week. Most of the plants they propagate are offered for sale to the public at the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden seasonal plant sale fundraisers.

New Building to Honor Daughter’s Memory at Arboretum

This fall, the doors to the Elizabeth Mary Wolf Environmental Learning Center will open. Located within the gates of the Arboretum Teaching Nursery, the modern indoor-outdoor facility will serve as a public program space, a dynamic hub for visitor and volunteer events, and a staging area for students.

Arboretum Teaching Nursery

The Arboretum Teaching Nursery is a horticultural hub where teams of staff, students, and volunteers grow plants for the Arboretum collections and for plant sales.

Spice up your life, garden with herbs

The next Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden plant sale fundraiser will feature a variety of herbs in addition to thousands and thousands of Arboretum All-Stars, California natives and other plants perfect for our region.

Plant Propagation and Nursery Management

The Learning by Leading Nursery Management team works with professional Arboretum nursery and plant sales staff to gain hands-on experience working in a nursery. Internslearn methods for propagating a great variety of plants, many of which are unusual in cultivation and are encouraged to choose the plants they work with and will gain experience in a range of nursery tasks, including irrigation, pruning, re-potting, and IPM/pest control.