Growing Better Together
Why the Friends was founded 50 years ago
In 1971, a group of determined community members banded together to help support the UC Davis Arboretum during a period of severe budget cuts that threatened its future. They dug up and sold iris corms in Central Park and bought hoses and buckets to hand water the plant collections. It was a labor of love to save this special place for their children and grand-children and for the benefit of everyone in our community. These Arboretum enthusiasts and advocates founded the Friends of the Davis Arboretum, the very first authorized support group at UC Davis.
Fast forward 50 years and we can see the legacy of the Friends founders in the vibrant gardens, the robust volunteer program, the thriving plant sale fundraisers and the free public programs. Today this support group is called the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden and continues to lead the way in engaging the community and garnering volunteer and financial support to keep the Arboretum and Public Garden healthy for future generations.