Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

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.

Gardening Corner: December 2017

Wed, December 14, 2016
Winter is here and that means trees and plants alike are preparing for the cold months ahead. Director of horticulture Ellen Zagory has a few tips for protecting your plants against frost.

Sustainable horticulture students convert lawns and more

Tue, December 13, 2016

by Lauren Riebs
Communications Intern
Finance Operations and Administration

The UC Davis campus is always growing – literally! New gardens are sprouting up all over campus, thanks to the Learning by Leading Sustainable Horticulture program. Students are helping transform landscapes in the Arboretum and Public Garden into attractive and sustainable gardens that will thrive in the Davis climate.

SNEAK PEEK: Instinct / Extinct exhibit comes to UC Davis fall 2017

Wed, November 16, 2016

Late spring, 2016, the Arboretum Ambassadors created about 100 acrylic feather prints on parchment, with the supervision of Design Professor Emerita Ann Savageau. These prints have now  become a part of the Instinct/Extinct— a multi-disciplinary art installation that explores and celebrates the biology, beauty and bounty of the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south flight path for migratory birds in America that extends from Alaska to Patagonia.  The installation is currently at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah.

Who knew? Western spicebush and the wasp

Wed, November 02, 2016
Recently scientist, biodiversity consultant, and former Arboretum intern, Dylan Burge, ventured out in the Arboretum’s Mediterranean Collection to study everyone’s favorite insect villain, the western yellowjacket.

5 reasons why fall is the best time to plant

Tue, November 01, 2016
“It seems counter-intuitive to many,” says Taylor Lewis, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden nursery manager. “Many think the best time of year to plant must be spring because it’s when leaves bud and things get green again after winter, but if you want healthy plants through our long, hot, Central Valley summers, do yourself a favor. . . plant in fall.”

Introducing our one and only Spanish fir

Tue, October 25, 2016
There’s currently only one Spanish fir in the UC Davis Arboretum and it can be found in our Conifer Collection, behind the Arboretum Headquarters. This Spanish fir was acquired from the USDA Forest Service in 2001 and it’s one of the oddest specimens in the conifer collection.