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. 
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Events for April and May

  • flowerVolunteer Enrichment Series. Wednesday, April 25. "Amah Mutsun Relearning Program", with Rick Flores. Join us to learn about the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band's efforts to revitalize their culture through the relearning of native plants and their uses, and how the arboretum is aiding their efforts.  Sign up for this session now.
  • Arboretum signFriends of the Arboretum Board Meeting. April 25, 5 pm in Horticulture II Building.
  • basketsNature Craft Workshop: "Pine Needle Basketry", Sunday, April 29, 10am - 2pm, with Kate Jaffe and Elizabeth Evans. Participants will explore the ancient art of coiled basketry, the importance of local botanical resources stewardship, and create a handcrafted basket featuring unique Arboretum fibers to take home. Workshop is limited to 15 participantsPay and reserve your space now!
  • flowerCommunity Day, May 1. 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.
  • No alternative textFirst Saturday Free Tour, May 5. Free tour with paid admission. Meet at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop at 11:00 am.
  • flowerVolunteer Enrichment Series. Wednesday, May 9, 1pm - 3pm. "Nursery Tour & Propagation Demonstration", with Helen Englesberg. (Class limited to 15 persons)
  • National Public Gardens Day logoNational Public Gardens Day, Friday May 11, 9:00am-12noon. Join us on the 10th annual National Public Gardens Day. A new map with measured distances will be unveiled for walking and hiking enthusiasts. A crafts table, friendly garden docents, coffee, and refreshments will also be available. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Students and members enjoy free entrance.
  • Salvia spathaceaArboretum Phenology Walk. Saturday, May 12, 11:00am-1pm. Do you enjoy watching plants change through the seasons? Would you like to be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change? Advanced registration is recommended.
  • cnps bannerSanta Cruz County Chapter of California Native Plant Society Meeting, Monday, May 14, 7:30 pm. Free parking, public invited, donations welcome.
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    Collett Lecture Series: Saturday, May 19, 7:00pm, Horticulture II Building. Matt Ritter, Ph.D discussing his new book: "California Plants: A Guide to Our Iconic Flora". Free community event.
  • gourd artNature Craft Workshop: "Gourd Art", Sunday, May 20, 10am - 2pm, with local artist Carol Green, who has led previous art classes at the Arboretum. You will learn how to use alcohol inks to create a beautiful gourd bowl and an ornament. Workshop is limited to 10 participantsPay and reserve your space now!
  • flowerVolunteer Enrichment Series. Wednesday, May 23, The New Zealand Garden, with Tom Sauceda.
  • arboretum signFriends of the Arboretum Board Meeting. May 23, 5 pm in Horticulture II Building.