About Us

The UC Davis Arboretum was founded in 1936 to support teaching and research at the University of California. The Arboretum occupies 100 acres along the banks of the old north channel of Putah Creek, in California's Central Valley. Our collections include 22,000 trees and plants adapted to a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The plants are arranged in a series of gardens that represent different geographic areas, plant groups, or horticultural themes.

Unlike the Pacific coast, which has a very mild climate where most plants flourish, California's Central Valley has a climate of extremes. Temperatures in Davis range from 14°F to 118°F, and average rainfall is only 19 inches per year. The Arboretum is the main source of horticultural information for inland California.

The Arboretum site was previously home to the Patwin people, and includes an ancient oak that was a boundary marker on an early Mexican land grant, remnants of the original wagon trail between the eastern United States and San Francisco, a Pony Express stop, and the oldest reservoir in the Central Valley, built by Chinese workers in the 1860s.

In 2001, the Arboretum conducted an extensive self-assessment and long-term planning process. More than 4,000 people responded to a survey detailing their expectations for the Arboretum and rating our current performance. We conducted 60 in-depth interviews and ten focus groups with members of our various audience segments, and held two community meetings. The results of the self-assessment formed the basis of the Arboretum’s Ten-Year Plan 2002-2012 and the UC Davis Arboretum GATEways Project (Gardens, Arts, and The Environment).

Contact Us

UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden
Mailing address:
1 Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Headquarters:
Valley Oak Cottage (TB-32)
LaRue Road, UC Davis

Tel: (530) 752-4880
Fax: (530) 752-5796
Email: arboretum@ucdavis.edu

Staff

Kathleen Socolofsky, Arboretum Director and Assistant Vice Chancellor, Office of Administrative & Resource Management
Mary Burke, Director of Planning and Collections
Melissa Cruz, Outreach Coordinator
Ryan Deering, GATEways Horticulturist
Jim Dunn, GATEways Garden Steward
Carmia Feldman, Assistant Director
Elaine Fingerett, Academic Coordinator
Lisa Fowler, Propagation Manager
Mary Gibson, Gardening Specialist
Theresa Goman, Gardening Specialist
Emily Griswold, Director of GATEways Horticulture and Teaching Gardens
Judy Hayes, Administrative & Gifts Manager
Mia Ingolia, Curator
Haven Kiers, Special Projects Manager
Taylor Lewis, Nursery Manager
Libby McGill, Gardening Specialist
Stacey Parker, GATEways Horticulturist
Roxanne Reynolds, Visitor and Membership Coordinator
Warren Roberts, Superintendent Emeritus
Betsy Rogers, GATEways Program Writer
Suzanne Ullensvang, Resource Development Manager
Ellen Zagory, Director of Horticulture