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Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

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.

Preparations for waterway maintenance and enhancement project begin

Thu, July 21, 2016
In preparation for phase one of the Arboretum Waterway Maintenance and Enhancement Project, the water level has dropped a couple of feet throughout the Arboretum waterway. Not wanting to the upset the wildlife that has now made the Arboretum Waterway home, the campus team working on this project is releasing water only from the dam on the west end of the waterway while keeping the influx of the campus’s recycled water constant.