Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

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.

Community volunteers improve Arboretum’s Environmental Gateway

Fri, October 21, 2016
Bayer hosted their annual community service day on Friday, October 7, at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. Through a donation of $19,000 and more than 130 employee volunteers, Bayer showcased its commitment to supporting pollinator health and habitat development by assisting in the planting of over 2,000 wildflowers, shrubs, and trees, completing a garden path and helping create a mosaic art feature that will soon be embedded in a pathway near the Arboretum Gazebo.

Volunteers, students put their green thumbs to work

Thu, October 20, 2016

As seen in the Davis Enterprise

Several times a year, the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden invite members and the public to shop from one of the area’s largest selections of attractive, low-water, easy-care plants at their teaching nursery.

Over the course of four hours, dozens of short-term volunteers work to fulfill the needs of numerous new, experienced or even hesitant gardeners interested in finding the plants that look great and support our environment.

In memorium: Nancy Crosby (1931–2016)

Mon, October 03, 2016

It’s not hard to imagine what would have become of the UC Davis Arboretum had people like Nancy Crosby not taken action during periods of crisis, like in 1971, when the Arboretum’s budget was completely cut. It was then that Nancy Crosby, together with friend and fellow Arboretum-enthusiast Pat Miller, mobilized to create the Friends of the Davis Arboretum – now the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden – and raised money to save the Arboretum.

Waterway update: Project start date delayed, aquatic weed removal continues

Thu, September 29, 2016
We anticipated that construction on the first phase of work would start this past summer and continue through the end of the year, but that timeline has been shifted to begin slightly later. Read further to find out the reason for this timeline alteration and learn more about other exciting developments related to the Arboretum Waterway.

Life after lawn advice: Shop the Arboretum plant sales

Fri, September 09, 2016
Ria takes the commitment to water savings seriously; first renovating her backyard two years ago, and last fall tackling her front yard. Birch trees and high-water turf were removed. Now this east-facing front yard features subtly sloped areas behind two curved walls. This additional hardscape creates a structure for spreading mats of white lantana and red verbena whose long-lasting blooms add color and attract a variety of butterflies.

Life after lawn advice: Plant it and they will come

Fri, September 09, 2016
Years of soil compaction, a turf-covered slope, and a complicated web of tree roots near the surface made Director of Public Horticulture Ellen Zagory’s central Davis yard difficult to irrigate.

Life after Lawn advice: Natural Does Not Have to Mean Messy

Fri, September 09, 2016
When Kiers' family moved into their mid-century-style home in July 2014, the front yard was a traditional patch of Bermuda grass and boxwood hedges. But, as a landscape architect, Kiers knew what to do next — the lawn had to go.

Life after lawn advice: start with a plan

Fri, September 09, 2016
A year and half after Stacey Parker, GATEways horticulturist for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, took out her front lawn via cardboard sheet mulching, her yard continues to thrive. Her advice to homeowners looking to do the same: start with a plan.