What's Happening at the Garden

All events are open to the public and free, except as noted. They are held in the Garden's Horticulture Building, unless otherwise stated. The Garden is open daily for self-guided tours from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. 
Mark your calendar for the Garden's popular annual upcoming events. More

Events for January and February

  • Arboretum signFriends of the Arboretum Board MeetingJanuary 24, 5 pm in Horticulture II Building.
  • Charcoal InkNature-Crafted Inks/Watercolor Paints Workshop. Saturday, January 27, 10 am to 2 pm. Ink- and paint-making will be merged into one comprehensive workshop on local color palettes. Learn about the origins of color, work with select rock and plant samples, and take a local walk to learn about different species that lend themselves to exquisite color. Class size is limited so enroll now! More..
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    Arboretum Phenology Walk Workshop. January 27, Saturday, 11 am-1 pm. Learn how to monitor the effects of climate change on plants and apply your knowledge in the Arboretum. Advanced registration is recommended.

  • tourFirst Saturday Free TourFebruary 3. Free tour with paid admission. Meet at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop at 11:00 am.
  • epilobium canumCommunity Day, February 6. The first Tuesday of every month admission is free to all visitors. NOTEDue to limited parking at the Arboretum and the popularity of Community Day, we greatly encourage visitors to carpool, bike, walk or use public transportation as much as possible.
  • flowerThe Volunteer Enrichment Series. Wednesday, February 14, 10am - 2pm, Horticulture II Building. "What? Why? How?" with Martin Quigley & Brett Hall. Learn about What is the Arboretum? What current & new projects are we excited to be working on? Why do we care? And, how do we do it all?
  • Ray Collett

    Ray Collett Lecture Series. Sunday, February 18, 5 pm (time still to be finalized) Horticulture II Building. "Conserving plants on a changing planet", with Evan P. Meyer, Assistant Director, Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, University of California, Los Angeles. Free community event. Donations welcome.

  • Ray Collett

    Ray Collett Lecture Series. Thursday, February 22, 7 pm Horticulture II Building. "Observations from an Original Australian Garden: the Weird and Wonderful Birds of Australia", with Bruce Lyon, Ph.D, UCSC Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Free community event. Donations welcome.

  • Salvia spathaceaPhenology Walk Workshop. February 24, Saturday, 11 am-1 pm. Learn how to monitor the effects of climate change on plants and apply your knowledge in the Arboretum. Advanced registration is recommended.
  • Arboretum signFriends of the Arboretum Board Meeting. February 28, 5 pm in Horticulture II Building.

  • Upcoming Annual Events

  • HummingbirdHummingbird Day. Saturday, March 17, 2018.
  • plant saleSpring Plant Sale. Saturday, April 14, 2018.