Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants Exhibits
Students, faculty and volunteer community members develop the content for every permanent exhibit in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden using an in-depth interpretive signage creation process.
Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants
The Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants includes an extensive collection of native plants that work well in home landscapes, arrayed along meandering paths under stately oaks. The garden showcases a native meadow—a California-style lawn—and many Arboretum All-Stars, our recommended plants for Valley-wise gardens. Mary Wattis Brown was an avid gardener and botanist who recognized the need for education to promote conservation of California’s wild heritage.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Native plants often need less water and care than other garden plants.
- Native plants provide needed food for
native birds and insects.
- California native grass landscapes require much less mowing and water than a traditional lawn and help you connect to California’s natural heritage at home.
- People often like the smell of the aromatic oils found in sage leaves. These same oils actually repel hungry insects, making sages pest resistant.