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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...
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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 |

Director’s Report, Fall 2022

Summers are usually quiet in the Gardens; campus slows down after the quarter ends, visitors avoid the heat of midday, and we use the time to catch up on tasks and take some time off. This summer was an exception for one eventful week in July when our first corpse plant bloomed! As you can...
By Jodie Holt |

Little Miss Stinky

Sunday, July 24, 2022 was a big day for the Botanic Gardens. Almost 1,700 people came to see, and smell, Little Miss Stinky! Although we have several corpse plants (Amorphophallus titanum), and our oldest is from 1995, this was the first time we had one bloom. It’s a rare event, but it’s even more rare...
By Janine Almanzor |

Spotlight on George Spiliotis

Even if you have never met George Spiliotis, you probably know the name. George does so much for the Gardens that his name is in just about every newsletter and in multiple places in each newsletter. George lived locally for about 30 years before his first visit to the Gardens. He had heard there was...
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What to See in the Gardens, Fall 2022

You may have noticed from the “In the Works” section, that we are working on a Native Bee Garden, which was inspired and funded by generous donations from the family of the late Dr. Martin Barnes, Emeritus Professor of Entomology. If you plan to make several visits throughout the rest of the year, I recommend...
By Miguel Estrada |

Gardening for Butterflies

Visit the UCR Botanic Gardens' Butterfly Garden on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month, March-November, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, to learn about Gardening for Butterflies!
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Twilight Tour-August 13th

Please join us on August 13th 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 following the tour to add to your enjoyment. Please...
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Rare bloom draws record crowds to UCR Botanic Gardens

It was the little plant that raised a big stink for a brief window of time. The UC Riverside Botanic Gardens drew record crowds over the past week with visitors from all over Southern California coming by to catch a glimpse and whiff of Little Miss Stinky. The rare corpse plant, which grew from 1999...
By Imran Ghori |

Spotlight on Carson Brown

The Gardens have been fortunate over the years to have countless student employees. Occasionally we hear back from them, and recently Carson Brown called me out of the blue to tell me how much he appreciated and loved the Gardens. The following story is from that call. Little did Carson Brown know that working at...
By Lois Whyde |

Amorphophallus titanum bloom

The UCR Botanic Gardens has a BIG botanical event happening this week—a once in a decade flowering of a huge and rare tropical plant, the corpse plant, Amorphophallus titanum. It produces the worlds biggest inflorescence (flowering stalk) and is renowned. Visit the UCR Botanic Gardens Greenhouse to witness firsthand this rare phenomenon. July 22nd update...
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Director's Report, Summer 2022

As a public university botanic garden our mission is to provide a curated, living plant collection for research, education, and enjoyment. Over the past few years Janine and our staff and volunteers have made renewed efforts to update the collection database, augment the collection with new plantings, enhance the educational value of our collection and...
By Jodie Holt |

In The Works, Summer 2022

During a mild-weather spring, our staff and volunteers have been busy with Gardens projects and activities, which are summarized below. Gardens and Grounds: Tree pruning was contracted to remove two broken branches and three dead trees, improving safety in highly visited areas of the Gardens. A comprehensive safety audit was conducted in the Gardens by...
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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

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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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...
By UCR Botanic Gardens |

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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