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Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

La Rue Road median conversion: prepped for grass removal

Fri, October 28, 2011
The grass on the La Rue Road medians is now prepped for removal and conversion from a high-maintenance, high-water lawn, to a low-water, low-maintenance, beautiful landscape featuring plant selections from the UC Davis Arboretum All-Star program.

City of Davis allocates $40,000 to develop Arboretum sculptural feature

Fri, October 28, 2011
On October 5, 2011 the City Council of the City of Davis unanimously approved a proposal shepherded by UC Davis Arboretum Assistant Horiculturalist Emily Griswold, to allocate $40,000 towards the development of a sculptural gateway feature at the east end of the Arboretum. This area of the Arboretum also recently received grant funding to build a new California Native Plant GATEway Garden.

Fall Plant Sales Recap

Fri, October 28, 2011
The Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum hosted its final plant sale for the fall season on Sunday, October 9. The theme of this sale, Growing a Green Future, celebrated the UC Davis Arboretum’s 75 years of sustainable gardening by showcasing landscape plantings that save water, reduce pollution, support native pollinators and still manage to provide jaw-dropping beauty!  Attendees learned that by making smart planting choices means they really can have it all!

Nature’s Gallery Court construction begins

Fri, October 28, 2011

Nature’s Gallery Court construction has begun! The design for this courtyard was created by UC Davis alumnus Ron Lutsko, recent recipient of an Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects. His plan highlights the Nature’s Gallery mural–a creation of many hands–through a collaboration between the UC Davis Arboretum and the Art-Science Fusion Program.

Bret Hewitt and Deb Pinkerton pledge generous gift

Fri, October 14, 2011
We are very excited to announce a generous endowment of $25,000 (built through a pledge of $5,000/year over five years) from our long-time friends and supporters, Bret Hewitt and Deb Pinkerton. In addition, they have pledged $10,000 in current use gifts over the next five years.

Shields Oak Grove Conversion update 10.14.11

Fri, October 14, 2011
Another pilot conversion project is the Arboretum meadow turf conversion at Shields Oak Grove. This project continues moving forward as well.  Initial herbicide treatments took place last week just before the storms moved in.  The next step will be a retrofit of the irrigation system, followed by seeding around November 15 with purple needlegrass, a native California grass.

Sign Shop: new location, products & services

Fri, October 07, 2011
Did you know that the Sign Shop, formerly part of Facilities Management, is now part of Campus Planning and Community Resources? On September 22nd it moved into a newly renovated shop space located at Civil & Industrial Services’ location on Garrod Road in West Campus. This new alignment will consolidate the fabrication and printing of signage used for events, wayfinding,  street identification and traffic control.

The UC Davis Public Garden Initiative: redefining the campus landscape

Thu, September 29, 2011
As part of the UC Davis Public Garden Initiative, the campus will undertake a master planning effort to redesign portions of the campus landscape to save money, improve campus aesthetics, and provide more opportunities for teaching, research, and community engagement.

First fall plant sale a huge success

Wed, September 28, 2011
Last Saturday’s Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Faire & Sale attracted over 1,300 people–one of the best attended ever–with gross sales estimated to be well above $56,000; a remarkable feat considering fewer people are landscaping during this economic downturn.

Grounds staffer Nelson Randolph wins Safety Star Award

Wed, September 28, 2011

ARM employee Nelson Randolph is the winner of the first ever Safety Star award.  This award is bestowed to someone who, based on co-worker nomination, supports a strong safety culture and models the Principles of Safety.  Safety Services works with the winner’s supervisor to coordinate a time to surprise the person with the award.

Nelson is responsible for safety programs for Grounds — primarily pertaining to roads — and his stellar service is also available to other departments on a recharge basis.

Many thanks to Nelson for his commitment to safety!

Art-Science Fusion ceramic workshops start next week!

Wed, September 28, 2011
You will be given the skills and materials to carve, paint, and glaze a cove piece to contribute to the ceramic tile surface of a 50-foot curved concrete bench at the entrance to Shields Oak Grove. The tile installation will highlight 43 steps in the life cycle of an 800 year old English oak.  You may select an image of a wildflower, mushroom, bird, mammal, or insect from the English oak woodland to depict on your cove piece.  The finished ceramic bench will serve as an outdoor classroom and gathering area for tours of the Arboretum’s nationally recognized oak collection.

Coming Soon: Nature’s Gallery Court!

Thu, September 22, 2011
Anticipation is growing about the installation of the Nature’s Gallery mural and courtyard!  The Nature’s Gallery mural is a stunning work of art, composed of over 140 tiles hand-crafted by UC Davis students, staff, faculty, and community members.

Nature’s Gallery Court Preview Party Report

Wed, September 21, 2011
Special preview parties held on August 25 and September 10, offered Nature’s Gallery donors an insider peek at plans for the Nature’s Gallery installation.