Calendar of Events

All events free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.
Information: (530) 752-4880

Map and directions to event meeting places

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EXTENDED through Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Walking in the Woods with Chemistry: Exhibit
Multiple locations throughout the Arboretum including: Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, Mediterranean Collection, Conifer Collection, and Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants. For more garden location information CLICK HERE.
Explore our temporary exhibit to discover how a plant can cure cancer, what plant molecules create the smell in your soap and perfume, and how a plant defends itself chemically. Spread across several collections in the Arboretum this exhibit reveals some of the research of UC Davis Chemistry Professor Dean Tantillo, Plant Biology Professor Philipp Zerbe, and Chemistry Ph.D. candidate Nhu Nguyen. Co-sponsored by the Tantillo Group, Chemistry Department, Zerbe Group, and the Department of Plant Biology. The exhibit is free;parking is available at no charge on the weekends, but during the week attendees may need to purchase a $9 daily permit for our visitor parking lots.

Friday, January 29
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels welcome. Listeners welcome! Parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Sunday, January 31
Storytime Through the Seasons:
Climbing the Ginkgo Tree

1-3 p.m.., Wyatt Deck
(Rain location: 146 Env. Horticulture)
Celebrate the Chinese New Year in the Arboretum as we explore the cultural and natural world of Asia. Experience Asian culture in a whole new light with stories, activities, and experiences in our East Asian Collection. All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors. Parking is free on weekends and available in Visitor Lot 5 at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Saturday, February 6
Open Mic & Trivia Night Under the Stars
6-8 p.m., Wyatt Deck, UC Davis Arboretum (Rain location: Environmental Horticulture 146)
Join us for a night of fun out in nature with talented local artists! We will be hosting an open mic night featuring poets, comedians and much more. For mature audiences. Parking is free on the weekends in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Friday, February 12
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels welcome. Listeners welcome! Parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Saturday, February 13
UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day
10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Multiple locations including Arboretum Headquarters
Go behind the scenes to explore displays from 9 biology-focused campus museums, talk to scientists and students, and participate in family-friendly activities. Those visiting the Arboretum are invited to tour our collections, learn about flower pressing, heirloom herbs and much more.  The event is free;parking is available at no charge on the weekends.

Saturday, February 20
Relaxation Day in the Arboretum
1-3 p.m., Lawn area west of the UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo
Come join us for a day of relaxation before midterms! We will be partnering with the campus “Mind Spa’ to help you de-stress!  Participate in a yoga class, coloring workshop and much more! All ages welcome. The event is free;parking is available at no charge on the weekends along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55.

Friday, February 26
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels welcome. Listeners welcome! Parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Saturday, February 27
Amazing Acacias
2 p.m., Putah Creek Lodge
The late winter display of yellow blossoms in the Eric E. Conn Acacia Grove is spectacular! It’s a must-see event featuring over 50 different acacias from around the world. Parking is free on weekends in Putah Creek Lodge Visitor Parking Lot off Garrod Drive. Click here for a map of the location.

Sunday, February 28
Native California Elderberry Flute-making Workshop
1-3 p.m., 146 Environmental Horticulture
People of all ages will learn how to make and play a Native California elderberry flute.  East Bay Regional Parks docent Antonio Flores will talk about the culture of flute making and also about the endangered elderberry beetle. All materials will be supplied. Please bring a sharpened pocket knife if you have one. Adults will need to supervise their young children. All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors. Free parking is available in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 5. Click here for a map of the location. For more information and directions, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.

Friday, March 11
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels welcome. Listeners welcome! Parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive

Saturday, March 12
MEMBER APPRECIATON PLANT SALE
to Support the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
(Garrod Drive near La Rue Road, across from Vet Med)

Our first spring sale is for MEMBERS ONLY. Not a member? Call ahead or join at the door! All members receive 10% off their purchases and at this sale members receive a $10 off member appreciation gift; new members receive an additional $10 off as a thank you for joining. The benefits of membership far outweigh your cost! For more information on the benefits of membership visit: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/join_the_friends.aspx. Parking is free and available in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55 (click here for location) or Visitor Parking Lot PCL (click here for location).

COMING SOON! PUBLIC PLANT SALE DATES:
Saturday, April 2 and April 23 (clearance sale).