The UCRBG has reopened with restrictions; see our hours here and UCR Covid-19 updates here.

Botanic Gardens Hours

Open Hours:


9 AM - 12 PM

Thursday & Friday:

9 AM-2 PM

1st & 3rd Sunday of every month:

8 AM - 2 PM

The Botanic Gardens are closed on major holidays and when the UCR campus is closed for academic and administrative holidays.

Please note: Gardens closed on June 20, July 4 & July 5, 2021

Plan Your Visit, Bring a Mask
Virtual Tours
Campus Information and Resources

To ensure the health and safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff, the UCR Botanic Gardens are operating under current UCR Covid guidelines.

Friends of the UCRBG Membership

The Gardens has enjoyed over 40 years of support of Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens. Become a Friend and help sustain the Gardens!

UCR Faculty & Staff receive 10% discount on Friends membership

Use promo code FS10 when joining

UCRBG Memberships (Student & Individual) include:

  • Early admission and early shopping at in-person & online plant sales

  • 10% discount at participating local nurseries and garden centers

  • eNews and quarterly digital UCRBG Newsletter

  • Discounted and member-only Gardens events

  • Use of UCRBG Horticultural Library

  • American Horticultural Society (AHS) Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP): special admission privileges/discounts at 330+ North American gardens

  • Members-only Annual Meeting in June each year

  • Higher level memberships- Family, Sustainer, Benefactor, Patron- include additional benefits

Reciprocal Admissions Program
2021 Summer Quarterly Newsletter
Join or Renew Here!

Friends Annual Meeting- June 24

Our 2021 Friends Annual Meeting will be held virtually this year on June 24 from 7 – 8 pm via Zoom.

RSVP REQUIRED; please sign up now, or join/renew so you can learn how we have navigated the past year.

You will hear about dramatic changes in our gardens, programs, and operations, all illustrated by beautiful Gardens photos. Presentation by Director and staff; hosted by UCR Advancement.


What’s Going On In The Gardens?


Update on our Geodesic Dome

We are currently working with UCR’s Planning, Design & Construction to develop a conceptual design for a replacement of the geodesic dome, which is structurally unsound and closed to the public.

The Butterfly Garden

A group of volunteers led by Karen Fleisher has adopted the Butterfly Garden. Weeding, pruning, and planting has taken place and signage will be coming soon.


An UPDATED Friends Membership Brochure

Working with the CNAS Development team, we revised our Friends Membership Brochure to reflect recent additions to member benefits, new membership discounts for faculty and staff, and other updates.

NEW additions to UCRBG SWAG

In addition to totes, t-shirts, hats, water bottles, coasters, kneeling pads, and mugs, we have added mouse pads, journals, and microfiber cleaning cloths to our branded swag items.

Coming Soon—online purchasing

Read More Here

What’s in Bloom?

The UCR Botanic Gardens are ever changing and throughout the year there is always something in bloom.

To enhance your visit, we feature a monthly "What's in Bloom" overview at the Gardens entrance and on our website.

What’s in Bloom

Interested in Volunteering?

We rely on our volunteer Stewards to welcome visitors at the entrance gate and provide information about the Gardens and our policies. Become a Steward and help us expand our hours!

Volunteers also assist with critical weeding, pruning and clean-up in the gardens. The work is dirty but rewarding; join us and see for yourself!

Join us as a UCR Botanic Gardens Volunteer!

Read More
Volunteer Interest Form

NEW Photography Policy

Our staff works hard to maintain a beautiful setting for your casual and special event photos.

Because we are largely self-funded, admission donations and photo shoot fees enable us to recover some of our costs for staffing, maintenance, and operation.

We welcome personal photography of plants and nature and hope you will share your photos with others to enjoy.

Due to heavy demand for photo shoots, we require advance permission and charge a fee for all group photography, and limit the groups to three per day only on Thursdays, Fridays, and open Sundays.

To schedule a group photo shoot, please read our Photography Policy, submit the online Request a Photo Shoot form, and use the Pay Online link to pay the fee.

Those arriving without advance permission and fee payment will not be admitted and should schedule a photo session online using the form below.

Only groups of 10 or fewer, face masks and social distancing still required.

Photography Policy
Request a Photo Shoot


See Campus Link

We’re getting close to the end of Covid!

However, these restrictions remain in effect in the Gardens until further notice:

  • Facial coverings required for entry and when distancing is not possible; it’s ok to remove mask when out in the Gardens away from others

  • Group size limited to 10 persons; no larger gatherings

  • Designated restrooms open with hand sanitizer available

  • Drinking fountains closed but bottle hydration stations open

  • Touchless online functions including payment of admission donation using the QR code below:

Tours NOW Available!

We are pleased to have resumed our Docent-guided, adult tours of the Gardens. If you are interested, please use the link below.

Schedule a Docent Tour

Support the UCR Botanic Gardens

Thank you for your support!

As UCR's living museum, the Botanic Gardens serve to inspire and facilitate education, research and interpretation of the natural world while providing a peaceful oasis from urban life. We appreciate more than ever the generosity of our donors and Friends, who have supported the maintenance, improvement, and advancement of our gardens and programs during this past year.

Donate Today!

Legacy Gifts

Did you know that you can honor or remember a loved one or a member of the community by donating for the planting and maintenance of a live tree?

We have a list of trees we would like to add to our collection and welcome your inquiries.

For more information, please contact the Director, Dr. Jodie Holt at 951-827-7095.

  • June 20- Gardens closed

  • June 24- Virtual Annual Member Meeting & State of the Gardens Address, 7:00-8:00 pm

  • July 4- Gardens closed

  • July 5- Gardens closed

  • July 18- UCRBG open, expanded hours, 8:00 am- 2:00pm

*Please note: The Gardens are open Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Thursday & Friday, 9:00 am-2:00 pm, and the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month, 8:00 am-2:00 pm, until further notice.

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