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Botanic Gardens Docent Training

One of the primary missions of the UCR Botanic Gardens is to act as an educational resource for the community. The Gardens seek volunteers who want to learn more about the Gardens, its history, and plant communities, and share that information with school children and others. We will be offering Docent Training Classes that will...
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Rose Pruning Demonstration

Thank you for joining us for another successful Rose Pruning Demonstration! Thank you especially to all the UC Master Gardeners who utilized their knowledge and skills to teach and prune. Thank you, as well, to the Raincross Rose Society, nurseries, and friends who donated all the wonderful raffle prizes: Cherry Valley Nursery Corona Clippers Kellogg...
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UCR's Giving Tuesday

On November 30, 2021, the global day of giving, you’re invited to join the entire UCR community to raise money in support of our students, research, and programs. For 24 hours, you can help show the world how UCR unites to help our Highlanders! With dozens of campus areas participating this year, it’s easy to...
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Virtual Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece Workshop

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10 am-12 pm via Zoom. Learn how to take a lovely plump pumpkin and turn it into a festive living succulent arrangement which can be enjoyed throughout the fall season. All materials will be provided in a kit included with your registration. The $50 kit will include everything you will need...
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Plant Sale

Online Fall Plant Sale

While we had hoped to welcome you to an in-person Fall Plant Sale, we are grateful for campus support that makes it possible to continue to hold online Plant Sales when we are unable to have them in the Gardens. Members only will be able to purchase plants on Saturday, October 9th and the sale...
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Gardening for Butterflies

Visit the UCR Botanic Gardens' Butterfly Garden on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month, 9am-12pm, now through November to learn about Gardening for Butterflies!
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Buy UCR Botanic Gardens Branded Merchandise Online

To purchase UCR Botanic Gardens branded merchandise please click Pay Online on the website. In person pick up: BG Entrance Thursdays 9am-12pm and 1st & 3rd Sundays 9am-12pm. 1 Botanic Gardens Dr. Riverside, CA 92507.
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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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New Photography Policy

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 person in the group is charged $5 regardless of age up to a...
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Wild Bobcat Kittens Roaming UCR Botanic Gardens

Two bobcat kittens and their mother have been exploring the grounds at UC Riverside’s Botanic Gardens this week. A brief video shared on the gardens’ social media this week shows one kitten treading carefully on the grounds. “Walk softly and you might see our newest additions,” the caption reads. The 40-acre botanical gardens, first established...
By Allyson Escobar |

Butterfly Corner

The California Tortoiseshell, or Tortie (Nymphalis californica), in the family Nymphalidae, is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of 2 to 2 3/4 inches. The color of the dorsal side of the wings is pumpkin orange with huge black wing borders with slightly scalloped edges. In addition, there are three large, black, irregular shapes along...
By Ann Platzer |
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Jodie Holt Discusses UCR Botanic Gardens on KVCR

A Conversation With Jodie Holt, Director UCR Botanic Gardens On April 7, 2021, KVCR Inland Edition's Lillian Vasquez spoke with Jodie Holt, Director of the UCR Botanic Gardens. Jodie shared the history of the expansive and diverse gardens and how they have shifted operations during the pandemic, but continue to grow. LISTEN:
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On Safari at UC Riverside

People venturing into the wild hills of the Botanic Gardens or on the south edge of campus might receive friendly warnings to watch out for mountain lions. A persistent rumor holds that the big cats roam the more rugged parts of campus and nearby mountains. Nestled against the Box Springs Mountains, with the 40-acre Botanic...
By Holly Ober |

Virtual Presentation- The UCR Botanic Gardens: Nature Oasis in Challenging Times

UCR staff and faculty are invited to attend the online presentation titled, "The UCR Botanic Gardens: Nature Oasis in Challenging Times," presented by Jodie S. Holt, Director, UCR Botanic Gardens. This virtual event is organized by the UCR Emeriti and Retirees' Associations and staff, faculty, friends and family are welcome to attend using Zoom. Friday...
By UC Riverside |

Spring Online Plant Sale

The Botanic Gardens will offer Gardens-propagated horticultural and native plants, cacti and succulents, patio and house plants, water efficient plants, colorful landscape trees, and numerous pollinator-attracting species at our Spring Online Plant Sale, April 10-11, 2021 (midnight-midnight), with in-person plant pick up at the Gardens entrance on April 21st and 22nd. Friends members will enjoy...
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Botanic Gardens Virtual Presentation

Join us on January 25, 2021 from 6-7 pm for an overview of the UCR Botanic Gardens from our founding to the present, including our gardens and landscapes, programs and activities, current status, and vision for the future. REGISTER:
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Succulent Wreath Workshop

Presented virtually by UCCE Master Gardener Linda Powell, participants learned how to create a living succulent wreath in early December. Registered participants were provided a kit including a 15" sphagnum moss form and a variety of succulents with which to create a unique succulent wreath. The Botanic Gardens hope to offer more such events this...
By UCR Botanic Gardens |

A Moment of Zen in the Botanic Gardens

Take in the sights of the Botanic Gardens with this video showing the rose garden, cactus garden, desert landscapes, and other serene features.
By UC Riverside |

UCR Botanic Gardens Giving Tuesday

About The Conservatory The UC Riverside Botanic Gardens team is developing a new interactive exhibit space designed to engage and educate visitors about the diversity of the Plant Kingdom. Living plants on display will showcase plant evolution from the earliest land plants to highly evolved flowering plants. Among the display will be beautiful plants and...
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Giving Tuesday

UC Riverside Giving Tuesday

The best gifts aren't always wrapped up with ribbon. This holiday season join us in spreading good will and cheer by including UCR in your charitable giving. Your support will strengthen our commitment to quality and accessible education and opportunities for students despite the changes we’ve faced together. Make futures bright by #GivingTueUCR. This year...
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