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Environmental Education

Summer Plant Guide: Top 10 List for Summer Success

Wed, May 27, 2020
Watch the Video!

Watch as Taylor Lewis, nursery manager, goes over in more detail each of these ten tips! See the video.

by Taylor Lewis, nursery manager

"Should I do it? I thought fall was the best time? But it’s so hot?"

It’s true that summer is not the best time of the year to install new plants, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t. Watch the latest Ask the Garden Gnomes video below for advice or scroll down to find some quick tips.

How well do you know the birds of the Arboretum Waterway?

Tue, May 26, 2020

Can you identify these birds commonly found in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden? More than 135 species of birds have been observed nesting or roosting in the Arboretum.

1) Great egret (Ardea alba): A tall white bird with an impressive wingspan of about 6 feet. They hunt fish and frogs by waiting for their prey to pass before quickly striking using their long necks. They typically nest high in trees to steer clear of predators, such as raccoons.

Building Blocks for Resilient Gardens

Mon, March 09, 2020
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.

Common carp could be cause of common problem in Arboretum Waterway

Fri, February 21, 2020
Carp Research in the Arboretum Waterway

Undergraduate researcher Kim Luke with the Center for Watershed Sciences is working with the Arboretum and Public Garden to conduct an experiment about how different fishes in the Arboretum Waterway may influence water quality. She is particularly interested in how one kind of fish, common carp, influence algal blooms.

Why we kiss under a parasitic plant, mistletoe!

Wed, December 18, 2019
In ancient cultures throughout the northern hemisphere, the time around the winter solstice has long been a season of celebration, feasting, and thanksgiving. On the far northern reaches of the Roman Empire, people like the Teutons and Celts had their own winter rituals centering wheat, oak trees and mistletoe.

The Central Valley garden in winter

Wed, December 18, 2019
In California’s Central Valley, the onset of winter’s cool, wet weather marks the beginning of the growing season for California native and Mediterranean climate plants. Comparable to early spring in colder, continental climates, this is the season when root growth begins and summer drought-adapted plants emerge from dormancy, leafing out and, in some cases, bursting into bloom.

A New Era of Nature Rx

Mon, December 09, 2019
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.

Taylor’s Pollinator-Friendly Picks

Mon, December 09, 2019
The Arboretum Teaching Nursery is here for you at the turn of the year to bring you another edition of “Tried and True and something New.” Find some perennial favorites that are sure to brighten up your garden as the weather warms.

Pollinator Plant List: Hummingbirds

Wed, October 09, 2019

Did you know hummingbirds move much faster and over considerably larger areas than insect pollinators do? With their fast wings, compact size and slender bills, it's no wonder that these tiny birds play such an important role in our environment. Unfortunately, due to climate change, habitat loss and a variety of other human-caused influences, researchers consider nearly 15% of hummingbird species vulnerable to extinction.