Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

Hunter Stapp

Tue, April 11, 2017
A testimonial from Hunter Stapp, a Learning by Leading student co-coordinator of the Ecological Restoration team.

Life After Lawn Advice: Plant for Year-round Color

Tue, February 28, 2017
The Bayon’s front yard displays Eva’s passion for and education in botany. An avid plant collector, Eva and her husband have created a miniature rock garden in their relatively small yard with the artistic placement of boulders and rock mulch, all anchored and softened by a variety of perennials that range in size, color and growing habits.

Life After Lawn Advice: Learn by Doing

Tue, February 28, 2017
Mona and Frank Demasi

Many succulents are well adapted to low-water landscapes because their thickened leaves store water, providing them the ability to survive dry, hot climates. Softer leaved succulents like Echeveria prefer shade in our region while the larger, cold-hardy Agave and Aloe species do well in full sun.

Getting Down with Upcycling

Thu, February 02, 2017
Do you know what to do with old water or soda bottles, used cardboard & newspaper?   The Arboretum Ambassadors turned that question into an engaging sustainable craft-making workshop—Get Down with Upcycling.

This Sunday, green is the new red valentine

Wed, January 18, 2017

This Sunday, show your love for the environment and that special friend or relative, with an eco-friendly gift perfect for a green Valentine’s Day! Join UC Davis Arboretum Ambassadors, in partnership with the Aggie Reuse Store, to design do-it-yourself gifts from one-time waste.

People of all ages are invited  to “Get Down with Upcycling,” a free, open-to-the-public event this Sunday, January 22 from 1-3 p.m. at Wyatt Deck in the Arboretum or, in the event of rain, in nearby studio classroom 146 Environmental Horticulture.

Students harvest Good Life Garden for donation to The Pantry

Thu, January 12, 2017

On Monday, January 9, 2017, students in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Learning by Leading Edible Landscaping Internship picked fruits and vegetables grown in the UC Davis Good Life Garden, but this was not just any run-of-the-mill harvest. It was the first time produce grown here could be donated to The Pantry – a student-run organization that works to ensure no student ever has to miss a meal or go without necessities for financial reasons.

UC Davis Arboretum rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp!

Sat, January 07, 2017
The UC Davis Arboretum has received 4.5 stars out of 5 from 114 Yelp! community members. We are incredibly humbled by the reviews which are all thoughtful and worthy of evaluation. As an organization we strive to make this a special place for our campus and regional communities.

Re-envisioning the UC Davis Good Life Garden post construction

Fri, January 06, 2017

The courtyard of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, home to the UC Davis Good Life Garden since 2008, quickly became a popular venue for weddings and high-profile university events thanks to the gorgeous, well-maintained, ever-changing edible landscape. Recently however, a nearby construction project necessitated the removal of many of the edible demonstration planting beds. As a result, we are taking this time to re-imagine the garden, how it can more fully integrate student education, academic partnerships and community engagement.

Finding awe: A gift for all

Tue, January 03, 2017
Sometimes the best gift is not a thing, but an insight or an experience.

2017 Volunteer positions now open, apply by January 20

Thu, December 22, 2016

Would you like to spend more time outdoors? Would you like to learn more about the environment? Are you looking for a way to fulfill a New Year’s resolution to give back to the community? Consider volunteering with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden! It’s a rewarding place to spend your time while learning new skills and meeting new people.

Hunt Hall Courtyard: A living laboratory and work in progress

Thu, December 22, 2016

Our community of students, faculty and staff are renovating the Hunt Hall Courtyard to reflect its new role as a living laboratory for landscape architecture students and a GATEway Garden for campus. The new design will include a small, grassy gathering area, a pathway, and, most importantly, each fall different plots will feature student-created projects, designed and built with faculty guidance, that highlight innovative materials, regionally-appropriate plants, and a variety of environmentally-friendly building techniques.

Student Testimonial: Kathy Guertze

Fri, December 16, 2016
A testimonial from Kathy Guertze, a Learning by Leading coordinator for the Sustainable Horticulture team.

Volunteers swap plants and gardening tips

Wed, December 14, 2016
In November, we hosted our second annual volunteer plant swap. Over 30 volunteers came out with seeds, plants and supplies of all sizes to share their knowledge and gardens with each other.