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Art in the Gardens 2024 Artist Applications Accepted

Art in the Gardens, 11/2/2024, will be free to the public and provide a showcase for approximately 22 local artists to exhibit and sell their work. In 2023, there were approximately 500 guests who attended Art in the Gardens . Due to space limitations and the popularity of the event with regional artists, all interested...
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Pop Up Shop

Plant Pop Up Shop

Join us in person on May 5, 2024 from 9am-12pm for a plant Pop Up Shop featuring houseplants, succulents and butterfly garden plants. In addition, UC Master Gardener docents will be available in the Butterfly Garden to answer questions about Gardening for Butterflies! We hope to see you in the Butterfly Garden on Sunday, May...
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Gardening for Butterflies

Beginning April 7, 2024, Master Gardener docents will be available in the Butterfly Garden on the first and third Sunday of the month April-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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Online Spring Plant Sale, 4/7/2024

The online Spring Plant Sale will feature 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 access at the online plant sale on April 6th from 6am-midnight as well as many other benefits described under “Become a Member.”...
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UCR Botanic Gardens Branded Merchandise- New Item!

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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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 Give Day 2024

Now in its 61st year, the UCR Botanic Gardens is a beloved destination for UCR and the wider community. We welcome thousands of visitors each year who come to experience, engage with, and learn about plants and nature. Our living museum holds a curated collection of thousands of plants, themed and geographic gardens, and miles...
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bird walk


The UCR campus is a bird hotspot for both permanent residents and seasonal migrating species (see The UCR Botanic Gardens will host an early morning bird walk in the Gardens on March 9, 2024, from 7-10am, timed for ideal sightings and led by birding experts. The Bird Walk will be followed by a continental...
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Agave Cactus

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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Alder Cyn

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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GIS Map UC Riverside Botanic Gardens

Spotlight on the interactive Botanic Gardens GIS Map

The Interactive GIS Application (app) for the UCR Botanic Gardens has been officially released to the public! We have utilized Esri Enterprise ArcGIS Online, so the “power of where” can be integrated into the project. To make this app user friendly, we want to provide a few tips on how to navigate your way through...
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Shovel and soil

Volunteers are essential to the success of the Gardens

The UCR Botanic Gardens has numerous registered volunteers who make upkeep and improvements to our Gardens possible and assist with many other activities. Volunteers are actively engaged and indispensable to the Gardens in the following areas: Horticulture and Landscape (weeding, pruning, propagation) Visitor Services (Garden Steward to staff the gate, docent to lead tours [training...
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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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Wildlife of the Gardens- Japanese Koi

They grace the water of many aquariums, backyard ponds and even lakes. As you stroll past the pond at the UCR Botanic Gardens, look closely and you may catch a glimpse of a Japanese Koi ( Cyprinus rubrofuscus). If you take the time to admire their beauty and elegant swimming, you will quickly realize why...
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Rose Pruning Demonstration, 1/7/2024, 1-3 pm

Every January the public is invited to the UCR Botanic Gardens to attend the annual Rose Pruning Demonstration, which takes place in one of our Rose Gardens. Botanic Gardens staff, volunteers and local experts demonstrate how to prune hybrid tea, floribunda, miniature roses and climbers, and are eager to answer questions and teach guests how...
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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 2023

As a public university, about a quarter of UCR's funding comes from the State of California. The rest of the budget comes from other sources, including philanthropy. The generous gifts of donors are used to help UCR provide scholarships, create endowed professorships, support student health and well-being, develop needed facilities, pursue discovery, support the Botanic...
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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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TT 2023


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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