Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

Arboretum Waterway Construction Update 4.2.2018

Mon, April 02, 2018
Now that Phase 1 of the Arboretum Waterway Maintenance and Enhancement Project is nearly finished, the paths on both sides of the waterway are open again.

Creating a DIY Pollinator Garden

Thu, March 08, 2018
Learn how to plant a pollinator garden in your very own yard using easy-to-find plants and simple methods.

Arboretum Waterway Construction Update 3.8.18

Thu, March 08, 2018
The path on the south side of the Arboretum Waterway, which we sometimes refer to as the yellow brick road, is more than halfway complete. Soon the entire walk from the east end of the Arboretum GATEway Garden to the beginning of the Redwood Grove will have a universally accessible path of smooth pavers.

What’s Up, Duck?

Thu, February 08, 2018
We love the ducks in the Arboretum, but too many ducks in the Arboretum Waterway can have negative impacts on the Waterway ecosystem and the ducks.

Waterway edge habitat provides ecosystem benefits

Thu, February 08, 2018
To provide multiple ecosystem benefits, students on our Learning by Leading Waterway Stewardship team are creating riparian (water edge) habitats around the newly constructed weirs throughout Phase One of the Arboretum Waterway Maintenance and Enhancement Project.

Is That Oil in the Water?

Thu, February 08, 2018
Naturally occurring, iron-oxidizing bacteria can create a film similar to oil (see photos), however it is completely harmless and goes away over time.

Arboretum Waterway Construction Update 1.29.18

Mon, January 29, 2018
The path on the north side of the Arboretum Waterway is open again, now that construction on Phase 1 of the Arboretum Waterway Maintenance and Enhancement Project is nearing completion.

Winter gardening in northern California

Thu, January 11, 2018
Taylor Lewis, nursery manager for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden shares tips on things gardeners can and should do in winter.

Arboretum Waterway Construction Update 1.8.18

Mon, January 08, 2018
The weirs in Phase One of the Arboretum Waterway Maintenance and Enhancement Project are functioning beautifully. They allow water to flow from the east end of the Arboretum Waterway (where the weirs are located) to the west end of the Arboretum Waterway (near the Equestrian Center) where pumps send the water all the way out to Putah Creek. Once here, the water eventually reaches the San Francisco Bay.

Arboretum Waterway Construction Update 1.2.18

Tue, January 02, 2018
The majority of the Arboretum is still open for walking, jogging, strolling, smelling the flowers and all the other activities you normally enjoy in the Arboretum except the portion between our Australian / New Zealand collection at the east end of the Arboretum up to, but not including, the Redwood Grove.

Consider a 2017 year-end gift to support our Learning by Leading program

Thu, December 21, 2017
Your support for the Learning by Leading program helps us develop the environmental stewards of tomorrow. Also, ten percent of your gift to the Arboretum and Public Garden Annual Fund goes to the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Endowment which provides long-term support for our free, all-ages environmental education programs.

Arboretum open during Waterway construction

Wed, November 22, 2017
Open during construction!

As the holiday season approaches and guests start traveling to town, please remember that the Arboretum is open during construction!

Arboretum Waterway Construction Update 11.22.17

Wed, November 22, 2017
We’re still finishing up Phase One of the Arboretum Waterway Maintenance and Enhancement Project, but the construction fencing located in T. Elliot Weier Redwood Grove and Lake Spafford areas is now removed! We expect the pump controller to be programmed by the end of November. Once it is ready, we can turn the pump on and see the water flow over the weirs.  If the weather holds out, you can also expect to see some new plants getting planted around the weirs in December.

Arboretum Waterway Construction Update 10.26.17

Thu, October 26, 2017
The construction dam is down and water is now back in parts of the phase one project area. (Phase one of the Arboretum Waterway Maintenance and Enhancement Project extends from the easternmost portion of the waterway all the way to Wyatt Deck near Lake Spafford.) We're now working with contractors to test and optimize the pump system, which is an essential part of the waterflow in the Arboretum Waterway.

Arboretum Interns Support Native American Traditions, Restoration

Thu, October 19, 2017
UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery personnel hosted a group of high school students participating in the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) Youth Leadership Summit. These students, with connections to Native American tribes in California, Nevada, Hawaii and New Mexico, learned how to grow culturally important plants for a large-scale environmental restoration project on Maidu land in Plumas County.