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UC Riverside Botanic Gardens Dome Structure

Please support our first capital campaign! Our iconic and beloved Geodesic Dome has housed a special collection of shade-loving plants since its installation in the 1980s. Now the ravages of time, weather, and plants have compromised it beyond repair, and its replacement must be constructed to meet modern building codes. We are launching a fundraising...

Stairway to Nature

A new stairway provides greater access to the Botanic Gardens by the campus community. Read the full article here
By Imran Ghori |

American Horticultural Society

Did you know that Friends members receive the very special benefit of reciprocal (free or discounted) admission to over 350 gardens and arboreta in North America? The UCRBG is an institutional member of the American Horticultural Society. A Friends membership entitles you to the benefits of participating in the AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program, which gives...
By Jodie Holt |
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Monstera Care

UCRBG horticulturalist Lois Whyde was consulted for an article on one of our popular plant sale house plants. Read the article here
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Dome Replacement Project

We are delighted that Jacqueline Norman, UCR's campus architect, and her associate Drew Hecht are spearheading the Botanic Gardens' dome replacement project. This article provides insight into Jacqueline's background and guiding philosophy: https://news.ucr.edu/ucr-magazine/fall-2022/ucr-style-and-jaqueline-norman
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NEW Design Concept for Dome Replacement

Our iconic and beloved geodesic dome has housed a special collection of shade-loving plants since its construction in the 1980s. The ravages of time and weather have compromised it beyond repair. The replacement must be designed and constructed, not kit-built, and meet current building codes. UCR and consulting architects have reimagined the dome in a...
By Jodie Holt |

UCR Botanic Gardens Corpse Plant

Please visit CNAS corpse plant page to view the UCRBG corpse plant articles and video!
Little Miss Stinky Update

Little Miss Stinky Update

Thank you everyone who made Little Miss Stinky's debut flowering such a fantastic event. She has closed now and the stink has subsided, so now we're beginning the collection of pollen to freeze for a future flowering event or sharing with other gardens in the worldwide conservation effort to protect corpse flowers everywhere.

Little Miss Stinky

July 19th update: Big news!! At long last our 22-year old corpse flower, Little Miss Stinky, is ready to bloom. We hope you will make time to come see it in the next few days since it is growing ~2 inches per day and flowering will occur very quickly. This plant is an endangered tropical...

Botanic Gardens Break-In

Over the 4th of July weekend the Gardens experienced a break-in and significant damage to doors, locks, infrastructure and equipment as well as theft of small items. We greatly appreciate the rapid response of the UCR Police, our BEES Administrative Unit, and Facility Services who all stepped up to take a report for follow-up investigation...
By Jodie Holt |

Friends Annual Meeting

After three years hiatus we were happy to welcome long-time and new Friends members to our June annual meeting. After the State of the Gardens address by the Director we enjoyed a reception on the lawn catered by UCR’s Citrus Grove Catering. Slides of the Director’s address can be viewed here. A longer written annual...
By Jodie Holt |
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