Interpretive Signage Enhances UCSC Arboretum Visitor Experience
Twelve new interpretive signs designed to introduce visitors to the each of the gardens at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum are the latest features at this hidden gem adjacent to campus. Free and open to the public, many of the species in the arboretum collections are not otherwise available for study in American botanical gardens and arboreta. The signage, a project two years in the making, is a way for visitors to navigate a self-guided tour of the World Tour Trail, a collection of Australian, California Native, South African, South American, and New Zealand gardens. New signage relating to the Aroma and Succulent gardens is also on display. Additionally, a significant expansion of the patio surrounding Norrie’s Gift and Garden Shop has created a larger, more user-friendly patio space that may be used for special events, as a scenic visitor lunch spot, and for groups to meet for guided tours.