Help keep our Arboretum and Public Garden spaces open

Please protect your health and the health of our whole community by proper social distancing.  Read the Chancellor's message  |  Read the Director's message


Reminding our community to do their part

Thu, April 09, 2020
It is crucial that everyone going out in public prioritizes adhering to social distancing above all else, which means skipping popular destinations, opting for more local neighborhood or less crowded areas.

Explore nature from home with iNaturalist

Thu, April 09, 2020
On you can learn about nature, record your encounters with insects, plants and other organisms, connect with experts who can identify the animals/plants you find, create useful data through your findings, and more!

Update: La Rue Bridge replacement

Thu, March 26, 2020
The La Rue Bridge replacement project is well underway with plans to shift vehicular traffic from the current portion of the old bridge to the completed half of the new bridge in mid-April. Design and Construction Management (DCM) is on track to demolish the remaining half of the old bridge and complete the rest of new bridge by the start of Fall quarter.

Social distancing crucial — inside and out

Tue, March 24, 2020
We are all in this together.

Visitor instructions, found on signs at popular entrances both at the Arboretum and Putah Creek Riparian Reserve, must be followed when visiting our campus's recreational spaces.
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The Arboretum and Public Garden remains open to visitors — as long as they practice social distancing.

Beautiful, Green Infrastructure with the SmartScape Team

Tue, March 24, 2020

When it comes to green infrastructure, the Learning by Leading™ SmartScape interns have got it covered. The SmartScape team is not only focused on establishing smart irrigation strategies, they are transforming once-overlooked sites into beautiful gardens. In doing so, the SmartScape team has created an area for students to gain a greater understanding of how to approach landscape ecology from both humanistic and biological perspectives. It's hands-on experience!

A message from Director Kathleen Socolofsky to our community

Fri, March 20, 2020

We hope you and your families are all in good health. We care deeply about the health of our community, and slowing the spread of COVID-19 is our highest priority. For that reason, and in light of the recent campus and statewide orders to shelter-in-place, we are canceling all public events, including our plant sales, until further notice.

Not Kitten Around: Pruning Catmint

Mon, March 02, 2020
While passing the catmint, I can see it’s time for a haircut. They’re looking rather winter haggard wearing a grayish-brown coat from last years fall line. Nepeta x faassenii, better known as a Catmint, is one of my favorites groundcovers. You can cut this cat back anytime of the year, as hard as you want and as often as you want.

Low Down on Leucantha

Mon, March 02, 2020
If it’s January in the Valley and you’ve got a Salvia leucantha (Mexican bush sage) planted in your yard, there’s a good chance it looks very much like this one. I promise you they appreciate a hard cut in the winter.