Environmental Education

2021 Holiday Giving Guide

Enjoy the Arboretum and Public Garden this holiday season by getting outside by yourself or together with family and friends, preparing for spring planting season with our many online resources, or fulfilling a new year's resolution to give back by applying to be a volunteer. All this and more can be found in our 2021 Holiday Giving Guide. 

Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden will find additional benefits, including discounts on entry to many botanic gardens and on plants at partner nurseries. Learn more and join.

Arboretum Oak Expert to Speak on Panel hosted by Duke University

Emily Griswold, director of GATEways horticulture and teaching gardens will be speaking at an online event, hosted by Duke University alongside other leading oak experts. She will discuss how the Arboretum and Public Garden GATEways Project (Gardens, Arts, and The Environment) uses innovative programs and art installations to welcome a broad audience into the landscape, encourage environmental stewardship, and build an understanding of the tremendous cultural and ecological value of oaks.

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.