GATEways Landscape Design Projects

Arboretum staff have been working closely with campus planners to develop a framework plan for a major redesign of the Arboretum and the southern edge of campus as a visitor corridor, integrating the almost two-mile long Arboretum with campus circulation and developing three major visitor entry areas, with an eye to creating an open, accessible campus landscape.

In 2007, we requested proposals from design and planning firms to build on the existing framework plan to create a unifying aesthetic vision and landscape design for the Arboretum and the south campus area. We are pleased to announce that the design firm Lutsko Associates has been selected after a national search to design the GATEways landscape. The firm has a stellar reputation for naturalistic garden design and expertise in California plants and landscapes. Ron Lutsko, a UC Davis alumnus, designed the renovation of the Arboretum’s Redwood Grove in 2002.

Lutsko Associates will now begin work on a design to incorporate unifying elements that will run throughout the Arboretum, including

  • Design treatment for the Arboretum waterway and bridges
  • Teaching gardens and plant collections
  • Orientation areas, outdoor classroom areas, performance spaces
  • Visitor amenities: benches and seating areas, water fountains, restrooms, shade structures, wayfinding elements
  • Parking, pathways, and lighting
  • Interpretive signage system
  • Plan for incorporating public art and art/science fusion projects

Additionally, the firm will create detailed garden designs for three major campus entrances, with thematic elements reflecting the distinct character of each GATEway.