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Natural Dye Workshop

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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Primavera in the Gardens

Food | Wine | Beer | Music May 21, 2023 2-5 pm The UCR Botanic Gardens’ major fundraising event each year is Primavera in the Gardens, Riverside’s premiere food, wine, and craft beer tasting event. Proceeds from Primavera sponsorships and ticket sales provide critical support for educational programs, events, and enrichment activities we offer to...
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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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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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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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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, Fridays, and open Sundays 9am-12pm. 1 Botanic Gardens Dr. Riverside, CA 92507
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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:
By UCR Botanic Gardens |

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...
By JoAnn Anderson |


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 |

Propertius Duskywing

The Propertius Duskywing is a Spread-wing Skipper because it usually holds its wings out flat when perched. Only occasionally are the wings folded to show a ventral view. Skippers are separated from other butterflies by the fact that the clubbed antennae are hooked. Also, they have large eyes, stocky bodies, and powerful flight muscles. Propertius...
By Ann Platzer |
Silver Spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

The Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus), one of the largest and most widespread species in the skipper family (Hesperiidae), has a wingspan between 1.5 – 2.5 inches. Both sexes look identical. Although it belongs to the Spread-wing Skippers, this species usually perches with its wings closed. The ground color of the wings and body are a...
By Ann Platzer |
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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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 they...
By Michele Felix-Derbarmdiker |

Director's Report, Winter 2022

Year end is a time of reflection, and what a year it has been! Contrary to expectations, the easing of the pandemic and Covid restrictions did not return everything to the same state as before. As I’ve reported earlier, we took advantage of forced down time to reflect on processes and activities and reinvent ourselves...
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