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Art in the Gardens, November 5, 2022

Art in the Gardens Saturday, November 5, 2022 10:00 am-3:00 pm Join us for the 9th Art in the Gardens This will be a wonderful opportunity to purchase unique and beautiful art pieces (maybe shop early for the holidays!) enjoy light refreshments, and spend time exploring the 40-acre Gardens including the Rose Gardens, Butterfly Garden...
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Twilight Tours, July 16 & August 13, 2022

Please join us in July and/or August for a docent-led Twilight Tour of the Botanic Gardens. This is the perfect time 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 served to add to your enjoyment. Click PAY ONLINE...
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Spring Tour of a CA Native Garden, April 23, 2022

Moreno Valley garden tour, talk, and refreshments hosted by the UCR Botanic Gardens. Garden tour and talk provided by Master Gardener George Spiliotis and Master Gardener Karen Fleisher. Moreno Valley address provided upon registration. Two tour options: 10am-12pm & 1-3pm. Register for tickets by 4/15/2022. Limited adult attendance. Please note this garden includes uneven surfaces...
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Bird Walk & Breakfast, April 2, 2022- MAXIMUM CAPACITY REACHED

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 April 2, 2022, timed for ideal sightings and led by birding experts from the UCR faculty and staff. The Bird Walk will be...
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Plant Sale

Online Spring Plant Sale, April 2 & 3, 2022

For over four decades the UCR Botanic Gardens has hosted the largest plant sale events in the Inland Empire. These events were recently redesigned to focus on plants propagated from our own unique collection. Currently, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Gardens are open with restrictions on gatherings, including our popular plant sales. However, our...
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Gardening for Butterflies

Visit the UCR Botanic Gardens' Butterfly Garden on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month, March - June & August-November, 9am-12pm, to learn about Gardening for Butterflies!
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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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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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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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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 & Fridays 9am-2pm and 1st & 3rd Sundays 8am-2pm. 1 Botanic Gardens Dr. Riverside, CA 92507.
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Botanic Gardens Docent Training-MAXIMUM CAPACITY REACHED

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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Janine Almanzor

UCRBG Staff Snapshot- Janine Almanzor

A trained scientist and lifelong fan of learning and plants, Janine has turned her passion into a full-time career at UC. As the curator and education coordinator at the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens, she uses her experience-based knowledge and specialty skills to beautify the Gardens and inspire its many visitors. Read full article:,-phytophile-and-runner.html
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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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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

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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