The UCR campus is closed but the Botanic Gardens are open partial days.

Botanic Gardens Hours

The Botanic Gardens are open Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 12 PM and the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month, 8 AM - 12 PM.

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

The Gardens will be closed February 15, 2021.

Plan Your Visit
Virtual Tours
Campus Information and Resources

UCR Botanic Gardens Virtual Presentation

In January Director Holt spoke to UCR Alumni about the Gardens from its founding to the present, including its gardens and landscapes, programs and activities, current status, and vision for the future. The one-hour presentation is available to view at the link provided.

UCR Alumni Presentation


The UCR Botanic Gardens would not be viable without the donation of time and talent by our volunteers. Currently we have openings for volunteer Stewards to welcome visitors at the entrance gate and provide information about the Gardens and our policies. Students may not serve as Stewards at this time, unfortunately. We are also recruiting hearty volunteers to assist with critical weeding and clean-up in the geographic gardens where the terrain is rough and the work is dirty but rewarding!

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

Thank you for volunteering in the UCR Botanic Gardens!

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Volunteer Interest Form


Be a Friend…

Join or Renew Today!

The UCR Botanic Gardens would not be possible without the enthusiasm and support of the Friends. Become a Friend and help make a difference!

UCRBG Memberships (Student & Individual) include:

  • Early admission to in-person plant sales and 10% discount at 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): entitles a member to special admission privileges and discounts at 330+ gardens throughout North America

Reciprocal Admissions Program
Join or Renew 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.

February Blooms

What to Plant in February

Find Gardening tips and maintenance information for February below!

  • Trees, shrubs, perennials

  • Flowers

  • Vegetables

  • Lawns

  • Cover Crops

UCCE Master Gardener Program
Other Gardens and Arboreta

Photo credit: Lee Reeder

Wildlife Habitat

The UCR Botanic Gardens are a certified National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat, providing shelter, water, and food sources for a myriad of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. All of these animals are important to the Gardens’ ecosystem, which also provides a habitat corridor for animals moving among protected spaces in Riverside.

The Gardens also provide habitat for the beautiful and elusive southwestern bobcat. If you are quiet and observant, you just might glimpse one...

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Photography Policy

The UCR Botanic Gardens are largely funded by donations, memberships, and earned revenue. The fees for photo shoots help us provide a beautiful setting and recover some of our costs for staffing, maintenance, and operation of the Gardens.

To schedule a group photo shoot, please read our Photography Policy, complete the online form, and pay the $50 fee. Find more information on our website,

Please note: Groups of 10 or fewer, maintain 6’ of social distancing, and face masks required.

Request a Photoshoot

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. Now more than ever, the maintenance, improvement, and advancement of our gardens and programs depend upon the generosity of our community of donors and members.

Donate Today

Legacy Gifts

Dedicated benches, trees, plaques and other items in the Botanic Gardens are a way to honor or remember a loved one or a member of the community. The cost of an honor or memorial gift pays for the materials, site preparation, installation and memorial label or plaque; additionally, a portion of the cost is placed into an endowment for maintenance and repairs.

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


  • February 15- Gardens closed

  • February 21- UCRBG open, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

  • March 7- UCRBG open, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

  • March 21- UCRBG open, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

  • April 10-11- SAVE THE DATE- Online Spring Plant Sale

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

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