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Field Trip: UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanical Garden


UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Saturday, March 25, 2023, 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden website
Address: Arboretum Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Location on Google Maps

Video about UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

This is one of the best if not the best botanical garden in the Bay Area.

Plants here are generally what I consider to be of "photographer" quality with many plants rarely found in the US at other botanical gardens. Of the times I have visited, there are very few visitors.

Summary Schedule

Time Description Comments
 Meetup in Main Parking Lot     See Map below for meeting point.  We will form small groups to tour the 135 Acres.
Tour the gardens  Don't mis the Banksia Field
Group Picnic Lunch  See Map Below for meeting point.  Exchange info on what you thought were highlights
Tour the Gardens
 2:00pm Field Trip officially over The gardens are open until 5pm

Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors 65+, $5 youth 6-17, and free for members.  Also free to AHS/ROAM/NARM Reciprocal Members with card + ID.  Members of Gamble Garden (part of AHS ) get free admission but members of Filoli do not.

Pay online at or 
Pay with cash or checks payable to UC Regents & deposit into brown PAY HERE Tubes in Visitor Parking

You can use tripods, just don't block walkways or cause a hazard.

From their website

Our Mission - connecting people with plants

With a 135 acre living museum full of rare and unique plant species, dedicated staff, committed volunteers, and a voluminous history of contributing to conservation research, the Arboretum inspires botanical stewardship in students, the community, and the world at large.

About Us
The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden’s rich and diverse collection contains representatives of more than 300 plant families of Mediterranean climates. The garden maintains collections of rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest. Particular specialties are world conifers, primitive angiosperms, and bulb-forming plant families. Large assemblages of plants from AustraliaNew ZealandSouth Africa, and California natives are displayed on the grounds. Many of the species in these collections are not otherwise available for study in American botanical gardens and arboreta.


Saturday, March 25, 2023, 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Richard Mirabella
Field Trip
Registration is recommended
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Members pay for their own charges