Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

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.

Learning by Leading Program update 2015-2016

Wed, July 13, 2016
We believe that students learn best by leading.

Members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, in addition to other loyal supporters, helped us provide internships to the over 80 students participating in our Learning by Leading Program over the 2015-16 school year. Here is a recap of how these students added richness to our landscapes, improved our outreach efforts, and leveraged staff resources.


Arboretum landscape turns laboratory

Tue, June 28, 2016
Dr. Rachel Vannette and lab members are studying microscopic organisms in the nectar of California fuchsia (Epilobium canum). They want to know if the microscopic composition of the nectar varies throughout the flowers’ age and whether it changes as a result of being exposed to pollinators.

Zagory receives horticulture award

Mon, June 27, 2016
Each year the California Horticultural Society awards someone who has made a significant contribution to horticulture in California. This year, the honor went to our own Ellen Zagory, Director of Public Horticulture, for her work on developing and promoting Arboretum All-Stars.

Mix and match plantings for interest and easy care

Mon, June 27, 2016
Created by GATEways Horticulturist Ryan Deering along with our campus landscape architects, Sustainable Horticulture Learning by Leading students, talented volunteers, and accomplished Grounds and Landscape Services staff, these landscapes demonstrate the craft of designing interesting landscapes from a relatively short list of ornamental plants combined in different ways to create dramatic displays.

Pitch-and-Plant contest with the Horticulture Innovation Lab

Tue, June 21, 2016
Like to garden? On campus this summer? We’re inviting the UC Davis community to tell us your creative ideas for what you would plant in one of our raised beds, if you were to get your hands dirty at the Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center. We are inviting you to pitch us your idea for one of our small garden beds. Our demonstration center currently displays vegetables from Africa and Asia, along with agricultural tools that small-scale farmers use in other countries. If you haven’t seen it, come take a look!

Stop the rot!

Thu, May 26, 2016
Volunteers needed to harvest student-grown crops!  WHAT: Harvest for the Yolo Food Bank
DATE: Friday, June 10, 2016
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE: Plant Sciences Field (Meet at Bowley Plant Science Teaching Facility)

Picnic Day 2016

Tue, May 24, 2016

Just about every year leading up to Picnic Day, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden interns and employees design a float around that year’s  theme. This year’s float celebrated the uniqueness of the Arboretum and Public Garden with the overarching theme of “Cultivating our Authenticity.”

Learning by Leading GATEways Outreach interns, Sarah Richer and Craig Kennedy, volunteered to take the lead on brainstorming creative float ideas. These students, along with multiple students involved in our Learning by Leading Program, made the entire project a success. 

California foothills collection renewed

Thu, May 12, 2016
Thanks to an endowment created by Shirley Maus —longtime Arboretum supporter and volunteer — you will notice a renewal of our California Foothills Collection. Shirley’s ancestors resided in the foothills region of California since about the time California became a state in 1850. One side of her family lived north of the Consumnes River in the El Dorado area, the other side came from south of the river in Amador. With that history, it’s easy to understand why Shirley has always taken a particular interest in this collection.

Library lawn conversion project

Mon, May 09, 2016
The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Learning by Leading Sustainable Horticulture Student Interns convert lawns to sustainable landscapes.

A big thank you

Fri, May 06, 2016
THANK YOU to everyone who supported the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden during the Big Days of Giving on May 3 and 4. We are very grateful for the patience and perseverance of the many donors who took the time to give – despite the technical issues with the giving website – and we appreciate everyone who helped us spread the word with your conversations, emails, posts and tweets!