Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

Our new hummingbird garden and Big Day of Giving goal to build it!

Tue, April 19, 2016

This May 3, 2016, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is participating in our region’s annual Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour online giving challenge for the entire community. Over 570 non-profits in the region are participating to raise funds for projects that impact every facet of our community. We are asking you to support our goal of raising money to support the hummingbird garden project.

Filling in the blanks: California native grass meadow gets a refresh

Thu, April 07, 2016
Staff from across the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden organization gathered together with our volunteers to fill in native grass plantings at our California native plant meadow. Located adjacent to the School of Veterinary Medicine’s new student services and administrative center – scheduled for completion in July 2016 – this area will also be home to an events lawn, café, restroom, as well as the future site of our pollinator and hummingbird demonstration gardens.

Restoring UC Davis landscapes one acre at a time

Wed, April 06, 2016
“Learning by Leading” Habitat Restoration and Naturalized Lands Management interns have completed a multitude of projects across campus focused on the provision of native wildlife habitat and the improvement of our campus stormwater quality.

Life After Lawn Plant List

Thu, March 31, 2016
Fill your lawn-free front yard with selections that not only have less-than-lawn water needs, they also perform well in our region, look great, and benefit our ever important pollinators!

Life after lawn: Replace your lawn and feed the world?

Thu, March 17, 2016
Now, as landscapes are being revamped due to the drought, and lawns are removed or let go, the UC Davis campus, the city and its residents are in a position to serve as an example of how urban areas — particularly urban areas in the heart of agricultural country — can support global crop production through small changes in landscape choices.

UC Davis named tree campus U.S.A. for 8 years straight

Fri, March 11, 2016
Thanks to our hardworking Arboretum and Public Garden Grounds and Landscape Services team, UC Davis has been named "Tree Campus USA" for the eighth year in a row by the Arbor Day Foundation!

March specials for members at Davis Ace

Wed, March 09, 2016
Thank you Davis Ace for providing these discounts to members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. In addition to these offers, our members always receive 10% off Davis Ace’s supply of Arboretum All-Stars.

UPDATE: Good Life Garden

Tue, March 08, 2016
Students are growing edible plants in the Good Life Garden, which will be donated to the UC Davis Food Pantry for students in need.

Learning irrigation from the top down

Mon, March 07, 2016
Taylor Lewis, nursery manager, had a vision for how to create a unique tree irrigation system that would suit the conditions at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery, then worked with his student staff and interns to create it.

New volunteers begin training classes

Fri, February 19, 2016
This year we recruited new volunteers for our regular gardening and land stewardship volunteer teams. They are currently in the process of gaining in-depth training on the care and maintenance of Arboretum and Public Garden landscapes.