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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...
By UCR Botanic Gardens |
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...
By UCR Botanic Gardens |
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
By UCR Botanic Gardens |
Give Day

UCR Give Day 2023

On UCR’s Give Day 2023 we are pleased to launch two new projects in the Botanic Gardens that will greatly enhance our ability to engage with campus and community. “Replace the Geodesic Dome” is our first capital project in over 30 years and will transform the upper precinct of the Gardens. “A New Engagement Venue”...
By UCR Botanic Gardens |
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...
By UCR Botanic Gardens |
You Tube Video

Inside UC Riverside's Botanic Gardens

View the Inside UC Riverside's Botanic Gardens video
By UC Riverside |

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...
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...
By Ann Platzer |

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...
New Mulch

In the Works, Winter 2022

Cooler weather brings the best season for planting in southern California, and staff and volunteers have been busy with many beautification, maintenance, safety, and planting projects. We’ve also been busy with events and activities, as reported below. Gardens and Grounds: Miguel Estrada hired three new student workers, Brittany Carnero, Dahlia Vamstad, and Jai Moreno who...
Pam Roose

Spotlight on Pam Roose

Not too many people stick with a job for 40 years, but for Pam Roose there’s no other place she would rather work than a Botanic Gardens. When you love plants and nature as much as Pam does, the years seem to fly by. Pam began as a volunteer in the Gardens in 1983 and...

What to See, Winter 2022

Since I became Gardens Manager, I have walked the Gardens more times than most people. I have walked the Gardens in triple-digit temperatures, pouring rain, and windy conditions. In my experience, the transition periods are the best times to go a little farther in your Gardens walk. That means if you are accustomed to mostly...
By Miguel Estrada |

Wild Donkeys

The Box Springs Mountains and surrounding areas are home to an animal that can cause visitors to do a double-take. This animal is so bold that it will often stick its head right through a car window in the hopes of a human-provided treat. The animal we are discussing is of course the wild donkeys...
By Michele Felix-Derbarmdiker |
Orange Butterfly

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 |
AIG 2022

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...
By UCR Botanic Gardens |

In-Person Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece Class, October 29, 2022

Please join us for an In-Person Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece Class on October 29, 2022 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. This $45.00 workshop will be presented by Master Gardener Linda Powell in the UCRBG Meeting Room: UC Riverside Botanic Gardens Meeting Room, 1 Botanic Gardens Drive, Riverside, CA 92507 Learn how to take a lovely...
By UCR Botanic Gardens |

UC MG Docents in Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden UC Master Gardener docents are available in the Butterfly Garden on the first and third Sunday of the month March-November, 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. More dates through October 16, 2022 Learn...
By UCR Botanic Gardens |

Titan arum: The deceptive inflorescence making a big stink for little pollinators

Imagine you are a beetle flying over a rainforest canopy. You are on a mission—seeking out an intoxicating scent that will mark the perfect spot to lay your eggs. Suddenly, you smell it: the unmistakable, irresistible scent of rotting flesh. Entranced, you descend to this decadent stench. You find your target—it is a strange-looking carcass...
By Annika Rose-Person |
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