Special Giving Opportunities

Arboretum Benches
Nature's Gallery Tiles
Oak Mosaic Tree Plaques
Oak Circle of Life Tiles
Redwood Grove Tiles


Nature's Gallery Court

We’re delighted to announce a special project to install the Nature’s Gallery mosaic mural in the west end of the Arboretum. The mural is a stunning work of art composed of over 140 tiles—hand-crafted by students, staff, faculty, and community members—showcasing diverse drought-tolerant plants or insects found in the Arboretum’s Ruth Risdon Storer Garden. Situated between the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden and the Arboretum Teaching Nursery, the mural will emerge as the prominent focal point for an inviting tree-lined courtyard.
Click to learn how to dedicate a tile.
Download brochure about Nature's Gallery Court.

Mosaic Tree Plaques

We are delighted to announce dedication opportunities along the new Oak Discovery Trail in the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove, near the Gazebo and Arboretum Teaching Nursery. UC Davis entomology students and community members worked with the Art-Science Fusion Program to create beautiful mosaic tree plaques for 35 oak trees along the paths. Each plaque is a striking portrait of an oak tree, bringing alive the story of its unique leaves, acorns, and bark and the animals that share its life. In the short time the plaques have been in the Oak Grove, we’ve already seen how children’s imaginations are sparked by the whimsical portrayals of jays, deer, and insects that live with and on oaks. The plaques have already become a treasured and anticipated feature of the stately grove and the Arboretum’s educational programs.
Click to learn how to dedicate a mosaic tree plaque.

We invite you to be part of these exciting projects by dedicating a tile or a tree plaque or making a donation. These high-profile and unique projects are intended not only to showcase the talents of the artists and educators involved in their creation, but the generosity and support of our benefactors. Sponsors and dedicatees will be recognized on signs at the site.

Contact Suzanne Ullensvang at sullensvang@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-8324 for more information.