A Feast for the Senses

A Feast for the Senses

Immerse yourself in the beauty of climate-adapted gardens and experience how food and nature support human health.

September 17, 2022 | 2-7 pm

UCSC Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Santa Cruz, CA

$200 per person (100% tax deductible)


Curiosity is the only prerequisite.

2:00-4:00 pm

Free choice options run concurrently

Walking tours

The Native Plant Project, Greenhouse, and Seedhouse with Brett Hall, California Native Plant Program Director

A focus on our region, the 55-acre Native Plant Program encompasses California coastal, mountain, and dessert landscapes. This tour is a time capsule through biogeographic zones with the garden’s most veteran staff member. 

New Plantings in the Mediterranean Zones; Supporting Global Biodiversity in Your Garden with Martin Quigley, Executive Director, UCSC Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Attendees will get a rare window into the new trajectory for Mediterranean plant collections, inclusion of new regions (Chile and North Africa), and an explanation of curatorial and conservation decisions with national and global significance. This tour sets the stage for understanding what thriving gardens will be like on the Central Coast 50 years from now.


Get ready for fall planting

Plant Recommendations with Noteworthy Plantspeople. 

The charisma and encyclopedic knowledge of regional plantspeople can show you what success in your garden can look like today. 

  • Rick Flores, Director of Horticulture, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
  • John Greenlee, Owner & Principal at Greenlee & Associates
  • Melinda Kralj, Curator, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Australian Garden
  • Luen Miller, President of Monterey Bay Nursery, Inc.,
  • Jeff Rosendale, Owner, Sierra Azul Nursery and Garden
  • Renee Shepherd, Founder, Renee’s Garden
  • Janet Sluis, Curator, Sunset Western Garden Collection


Mini Field Workshops

Supporting Birds in Gardens and Landscapes with Bruce Lyon, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Lyon was recently chosen to receive the 2022 Elliott Coues Award from the American Ornithological Society (AOS).

Taking Exceptional Smartphone Garden Photographs with renowned garden photographer Saxon Holt. His commitment “to change the aesthetic of what we expect to see in a garden photograph” is helping gardeners have success in summer dry climates.


Rare Fruit and Wine Tasting 

Epicenter Orchard has been growing connoisseur quality, exceptional, and unusual varieties with a pomme fruit focus on California’s central coast for over 20 years. Leave room at the end of your dinner for a dessert featuring their incredible fruit.


4:30 pm

Network Mixer

Enjoy making connections over appetizers, wine, and a signature aqua fresca.


5:00 pm

Farm-to-table Dinner

An alfresco long table dinner by Colectivo Felix, where flavors are interwoven with cultural and botanical adventure stories. Chef Diego Felix brings a South American perspective while embracing the indigenous food plants of the Central Coast.

A central coast long family table 5-course feast featuring locally sourced ingredients and regional wine pairings. 


There is no better time to support the incredible work of UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden and Pacific Horticulture, representing multidisciplinary collaborations that support biodiversity in our region with global scale relevance.


Purchase Tickets

This fundraising event is 100% tax deductible

Make a Donation to Pacific Horticulture and UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden

This unique event is also included as part of our Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Gardens 5-day tour (now with Local Attendee pricing).

Visit our Santa Cruz tour page for more information.