Help keep our Arboretum and Public Garden spaces open


Volunteers get green light to come back!

Mon, April 26, 2021

Last week, during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we were thrilled to once again welcome community volunteers back to the landscapes and nursery. This comes after our Arboretum and Public Garden volunteer program was put on hiatus over a year ago due to pandemic-related campus health and safety restrictions.

Visitor Parking Changes

Mon, April 26, 2021

UC Davis Transportation Services has a new way for visitors to pay for parking with the ParkMobile app, available for download on both Apple and Android operating systems.

Parking remains free on the weekends. For weekday parking, campus visitors now have the option to pay hourly parking rates ($1.50 per hour) or the $10 daily permit fee. (Previously, on weekdays, visitors only had the option of purchasing the $10 daily permit.)

Apply by May 31: Friends Board Recruitment

Mon, April 26, 2021

The Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden—our community support group celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021—has been a tremendous partner in fostering the excellence of our gardens, programs, staff and students. Would you or someone you know be interested in doing more for the Friends?  

Part One: Who is the Wyatt of Wyatt Deck and Pavilion

Fri, April 16, 2021

On the south side of Lake Spafford, nestled among heritage trees and a sprawling California buckeye, sits a unique, multi-tiered deck constructed from redwood to honor the grove nearby. The open-air location, enjoyed by thousands every year, retains a history with an extended local family – the Unger-Yackzan family.

Student Job Opportunity: Student Horticulturists

Tue, April 13, 2021
We are hiring two Student Horticulturists for spring quarter, with potential to extend into summer and beyond. Students will help with horticultural garden work, focusing on plant collection health and safety. Use your gardening skills to enhance visitor experience and gain experience working outdoors.

Student Job Opportunity: Putah Creek Natural Reserve Technicians

Tue, April 13, 2021
The Putah Creek Natural Reserve Technicians will work with Arboretum staff within the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve and the Campus Naturalized Lands to execute a wide variety of natural resource stewardship tasks associated with the ongoing management and maintenance of the these diverse public spaces.

Student Job Opportunity: Mulch Squad Apprentices

Tue, April 13, 2021
The UC Davis Arboretum is hiring 2 Student Mulch Squad Apprentices for spring quarter, with potential to extend into summer and beyond. Students will help with essential outdoor garden work, focusing on weeding and mulching the Arboretum gardens with wood chips. Help us make the Arboretum shine!

A New Era of Nature Rx

Fri, April 09, 2021
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.

New Arbo Anthems Playlist

Wed, December 16, 2020

To perfectly complement the relaxing and beautiful nature of the Arboretum, UC Davis has made an "Arbo Anthems" music playlist on Spotify. In early November, the UC Davis official Instagram account asked the community to submit songs that they would like to see on the playlist via Instagram stories. The inspiration for the playlist?

Fall Planting 1-2-3

Mon, December 07, 2020
Gardening tips from Nursery Manager Taylor Lewis to make sure your new plants from our nursery get off to a healthy start. 

La Rue Road Bridge Opening

Mon, December 07, 2020
The La Rue Bridge replacement project and 2-year detour around the bridge is officially over, with the paths in the Arboretum now open to the public just in time for scenic strolls and holiday hikes. Over the past couple of years, the expansive project required pedestrians, bikers, and cars to maneuver around the construction via detours while the Arboretum walkways under and near the bridge were closed. 

A message from Director Kathleen Socolofsky to our community

Tue, November 17, 2020
Thank you to those who have supported us by shopping our online plant sale with curbside pickup. So far, the online sale has been very successful! We are especially grateful for all who are shopping, as we lost the revenue of our entire spring plant sale season due to the pandemic.