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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NEWS

Oct. 1 Preliminary Plant Sale Inventory

(Final inventory will be available the week of the plant sale.)
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Life After Lawn

SEE PHOTOS and LEARN about local homeowners who have made the switch from lawn to a mixture of low-water shrubs, grasses and perennials. 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday, September 25
New! Ask a Master Gardener
10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo and Storer Garden
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. Please stop by to ask and explore with knowledgeable Master Gardeners. The event is free; parking is free and available along Garrod Drive, in Visitor Park Lot 54, Visitor Park Lot 55, or Putah Creek Lodge Parking Lot.

Thursday, September 29
Life after Lawn
4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Senior Center Activity Room (646 A St.)
Join Ellen Zagory, Director of Public Horticulture, as she shares her knowledge of the best plants for Central Valley sustainable gardens.
Please RSVP by emailing WaterSmart@CityofDavis.org or calling (530) 757-5686.

Friday, September 30
Meet the Arboretum Tour

5 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Join us for an informal walking tour led by the Arboretum Ambassadors. You’ll discover more about our gardens and plant collections as well as our free public programming. Whether you’re new to campus or returning, we hope you’ll join us for this tour which ends with light refreshments.

Saturday, October 1
Plant Sale
Members: 9 - 11 a.m.
Public:
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

Friday, October 7
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

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