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Art in the Gardens

Every November the UCR Botanic Gardens hosts an outreach event where curated items from local artisans are offered for sale. Come spend a pleasant afternoon strolling through Alder Canyon, where California artists and craftspersons are showcased representing a variety of media including ceramics, jewelry, mosaics, metal work, fiber arts, wood, and photography. Art in the...
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FPS 2023

Member Appreciation Fall Plant Sale

Friends members, join us at the in-person Member Appreciation Fall Plant Sale to purchase Gardens-propagated horticultural and native plants, cacti and succulents, patio and house plants, water efficient plants, colorful landscape trees, and numerous pollinator-attracting species. Friends members will enjoy admission at the in-person plant sale, as well as many other benefits described under “Become...
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UCRBG 60th Anniversary Celebration Week!

JOIN THE BOTANIC GARDENS DURING OUR 6OTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WEEK SEPTEMBER 24-29, 2023 • Sunday, September 24- Visit during our special Open Sunday, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm (last entry at 3:00 pm). Free house plant for the first 90 UCR students • Monday, September 25- Enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gardens on the...
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Plant Ecology at the UCR Botanic Gardens

Photography Policy

Thank you for considering the UCR Botanic Gardens for your special photo shoot. Due to high demand for photo shoots, the Botanic Gardens require advance permission and charge a fee for all photography sessions, with limited numbers (3) permitted on select days of the week- Thursdays, Fridays, and open Sundays. Photographers are charged $25; each...
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UCR Botanic Gardens Branded Merchandise

To purchase UCR Botanic Gardens branded merchandise please click Pay Online on the website. Please allow 3 days between ordering and pickup. In person pick up: BG Entrance Thursdays and open Sundays 9am-12pm. 1 Botanic Gardens Dr. Riverside, CA 92507
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Gardening for Butterflies

Beginning April 2, 2023, Master Gardener docents will be available in the Butterfly Garden on the first and third Sunday of the month March-October, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, to answer questions about Gardening for Butterflies including the life cycle of butterflies and which plants to choose to attract butterflies.
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Join us on August 19, 2023 from 6-8 pm when Gardens staff and docents will lead an after-hours Twilight Tour of the Botanic Gardens. This will be a nice opportunity to enjoy the Gardens in the cool of early evening as the sun is setting and wildlife is beginning to stir. Light refreshments will be...
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Friends Annual Meeting

Friends Annual Meeting

Friends members are invited on June 29, 2023 to attend the Members-only Annual Meeting and reception, hosted by the Director and Gardens staff, where they are presented with an overview of the past year in the UCR Botanic Gardens. New garden installations, facility improvements, educational and outreach activities, and fundraising events are reviewed, along with...
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Natural Dye Workshop


Join us on June 10, 2023, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, to learn the basics of natural dyeing, utilizing some native plants at the UCR Botanic Gardens. After a short walk to identify many plants that hold color potential, we will gather on the Gardens' patio to create a beautiful color palette on cloth using...
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Succulent Wreath

Heart-Shaped Succulent Wreath Workshop

Join us in the UCRBG Meeting Room on May 6, 2023, 10am-12pm, for a Heart-Shaped Succulent Wreath Workshop. This workshop will be presented by Master Gardener Linda Powell. The $55.00 in-person workshop will include a 15" living wreath form, succulents, and filler ingredients. Please register for this workshop by 4/21/23 at:, click REGISTER/PAY ONLINE...
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SPS '23

Online Spring Plant Sale, April 15 & 16, 2023

The Online Spring Plant Sale will be Saturday, April 15th for Friends members and Sunday, April 16th for the public, both days from 6 am to midnight. The in-person pick-up days will be Tuesday, April 25th and Thursday, April 27th. We will offer a variety of shrubs, trees, vines, shade plants, cacti/succulents, house/patio plants and...
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Edible Flowers & herbs class

Edible Flowers & Herbs Class

Presented by Jean Weiss Edible flowers & Herbs Class Presentation, pinch & sniff activity, and edible flowers & herbs refreshments
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Give Day

UCR Give Day 2023

On UCR’s Give Day 2023 we are pleased to launch two new projects in the Botanic Gardens that will greatly enhance our ability to engage with campus and community. “Replace the Geodesic Dome” is our first capital project in over 30 years and will transform the upper precinct of the Gardens. “A New Engagement Venue”...
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bird walk

Bird Walk & Breakfast

The UCR Botanic Gardens will host an early morning Bird Walk & Breakfast in the Gardens, timed for ideal sightings. The Bird Walk will be followed by a continental breakfast where participants share sightings and observations and learn more about the local avifauna. UCRBG bird walks are open to all levels of birders, from beginner...
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You Tube Video

Inside UC Riverside's Botanic Gardens

View the Inside UC Riverside's Botanic Gardens video
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A Story Map of Plant Ecology in the UCR Botanic Gardens

This interactive Story Map is an offshoot of a long-time field laboratory exercise in Foundations of Plant Biology, BPSC 104, offered by the UCR Botany & Plant Sciences Department. In this class students learn about plant ecology using the UCR Botanic Gardens as their outdoor laboratory. Ecology is the study of the interactions between organisms...
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CA Native Plant Video Series

Would you like to learn more about California native plants and which to choose for your home garden? We have a new series of two to three minute videos on California native plants hosted by UCCE Master Gardener and UCRBG Docent George Spiliotis. George focuses on the home gardener in each presentation and covers 33...
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Gardens open two Sundays per month

The UCRBG is now open two Sundays per month, 1st & 3rd, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm! (last entry at 1:30 pm) Check our calendar for future dates at:
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Ginkgo Biloba

There is among us a form of life whose ancestry traces back nearly 300 million years. This is the ginkgo tree, Ginkgo biloba, whose closest relatives also have ancient heritage. Although it has broad leaves like angiosperms, ginkgo is a gymnosperm, closely related to cycads and conifers, because it produces “naked seeds” on its branches...
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Along the marshy banks of the lower Nile River before it joins the Mediterranean, a sedge plant known to the ancients as “papyrus” or sometimes “biblos” flourished for many thousands of years. The plant was essential to the lives of the Egyptians, providing material for fabric, sails, baskets, and even boats. Papyrus is best known...
By Jo Ann Anderson |
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