The U.C. Santa Cruz Arboretum is a living museum inspiring stewardship of the world's biodiversity through research, education, and the conservation of rare, endangered, and extraordinary plants. The Arboretum serves the children, families, students and residents of Santa Cruz county and beyond.
Large assemblages of plants from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and California Natives are displayed on the grounds. In addition there is a large collection of succulents and plants grown for aroma, and their attraction of butterflies and hummingbirds. Many of the species in these collections are not otherwise available for study in American botanical gardens and arboreta.
Entry fee is $5 and Memberships are available.
Arboretum events educate and engage the public about plant diversity and conservation. Of service to the public and the nursery industry are the Arboretum's activities in importing, selecting, and breeding choice ornamental plants, especially those that are drought tolerant and pest resistant.
The Arboretum's operating budget is derived from revenues and support generated by memberships, donations, Norrie's Gift Shop, fundraising activities, grants, and volunteer support.
Norrie's Gift Shop overlooks the Monterey Bay from its spot nestled up against the South African protea garden and the California Natives garden. Colorful plants selected or imported from distant lands by Arboretum staff are highlighted, as well California Natives, gardening items, cards, garden and nature books, pottery and jewelry. All profits go to support the gardens. Open 10:00am to 4:00pm daily.
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