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Environmental Education

Building Blocks for Resilient Gardens

As we look to the future, we want to broaden our scope to support landscapes that are not just sustainable, but also resilient. Find plant recommendations and tips on how to build a resilient garden at home.

A Profusion of Poppy Confusion

The California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is a resilient and widespread species. At present, systematists may recognize 18 taxa within the genus, with ranges that extend into Utah, New Mexico, and northern Mexico. These taxa exhibit a rich nomenclatural history that can help explain how and why plants get their names, and how the early descriptions influence—and at times muddle—our current taxonomic outlook.

A New Era of Nature Rx

If you Google things to do in Davis, it’s not surprising to find that time and again the Arboretum and Public Garden is at the very top of the list. With the well-being of our community in mind, we have been broadening and expanding the reach of Nature Rx, a theme of programming that aims to connect the campus and local communities to the healing power of nature.

Spring Planting 1-2-3

Here are some more tips to establish your plants for a healthy and habitat-friendly garden in 2021!

1. Decompact or Aerate

If you have heavy clay soil, it’s best to decompact your soil before planting. Find a break between rain when your soil is dried out enough to walk on without further compaction. These conditions will make it easy enough to dig and loosen soil by hand or mechanically with a rototiller. Otherwise, if you have well-draining soil, it is best to only dig where you’ll be planting so you don’t disturb overwintering beneficial insects or other microorganisms.