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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 group photography, with limited numbers 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 maximum...
By UCR Botanic Gardens |

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 |

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:

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...
By UCR Botanic Gardens |

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:
By UCR Botanic Gardens |

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...
By UCR Botanic Gardens |

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...
By UC Riverside |

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...
By UCR Botanic Gardens |

Gardens open two Sundays per month

The UCRBG is now open two Sundays per month from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm! Check our calendar for future dates at:
By UCR Botanic Gardens |

Fall Online Plant Sale

We are pleased to announce our Fall Online Plant Sale on October 24-25, 2020 (midnight-midnight), with in-person pickup at the Gardens entrance on November 5 and 6. For the first time, Friends of the UCRBG members will receive a 10% discount on all plant purchases. Join or renew your Friends membership before October 19, 2020...
By Janine Almanzor |

Gardens reopening update

The UCR Botanic Gardens are now open! To ensure the safety, security, and health of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, hours are currently limited to Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 12 noon, with masks and physical distancing required. The UCR Botanic Gardens reopened on June 29 following approval of a rigorous reopening plan that...
By UCR Botanic Gardens |

State of the Gardens

The UCR Botanic Gardens were thriving from July 2019 through mid-March 2020, when the Coronavirus pandemic caused the closure of UCR and other schools. On March 16 the Gardens were closed and all programs and activities were cancelled, with only essential staff allowed to work on-site. This article reviews our year and summarizes our budget...
By Dr. Jodie Holt |

What to see in the Botanic Gardens

As we transition from summer to fall there are two trees on our recommendation list, Aesculus californica (California buckeye) and Koelreuteria bipinnata (golden rain tree) that make a showy display. California buckeye is adapted to Mediterranean climates and is summer deciduous while golden rain tree is winter deciduous. Photo 1: Aesculus californica, California buckeye In...
By Miguel Estrada |

June 19 update

The UCR Botanic Gardens will reopen on June 29 with restrictions to ensure safety of all staff, volunteers, and visitors. At this time no large groups or events are permitted. Please check our website and social media for more details. We appreciate your support.
By UCR Botanic Gardens |

May 18 update

The UCR Botanic Gardens recognizes our importance as a place for respite and connection with nature. We are developing a phased reopen plan with restrictions to insure safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Our reopen date will be announced soon. Thank you for your continuing support of the UCRBG!
By UCR Botanic Gardens |
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