Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

2023 Volunteer Recruitment

In 2023, we are seeking new volunteers to join our gardening volunteer teams. Trainings will be offered in winter and include a combination of expert instruction and hands-on projects. Space is limited. Applications are due by January 16, 2023.

Making Transitions in Life and in a Garden

Ann Daniel, volunteer and former board president for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, moved to Davis from Austin, Texas and quickly got to work creating a climate-ready landscape for her own yard as well as helping serve as a catalyst for the development of other test gardens in her retirement community.

Job Opening: Grounds Supervisor

Oversee the maintenance of gorgeous, sustainable landscapes across the UC Davis campus. Apply to be a Grounds Supervisor, where every career employee receives extremely competitive health and retirement benefits including:

UC Davis, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California Partner on Patch Series

The University of California, Davis, and Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, or GSHCC, have teamed up to encourage Girl Scouts in the region to participate in a custom patch series with activities that take participants through various areas of the university campus and expose Girl Scouts to STEM-specific majors and colleges within the university.

Notes from the Nursery

Taylor Lewis, nursery manager, recommends a few plants he doesn't want you to miss when shopping at our upcoming plant sales. In addition to his brief critiques we included more information about these selections from our plant inventory photo gallery.

Leave the Leaves to Help Pollinators

This fall, as part of our affiliation with Bee Campus USA, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is encouraging residents to “leave the leaves”, a seasonal effort to provide habitat for beneficial insects, pollinators, and other invertebrates. 

9 Tips for a Successful Plant Sale Shopping Experience

At the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden seasonal plant sales, not only do we offer the area’s largest selection of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants including lots of Arboretum All-Stars and California natives, we strive to answer your questions and ensure that you meet your shopping goals. Here are some tips our experienced shoppers already know, but our newer customers may not.

Job Opening: Gardening Specialist

Tend to the gorgeous gardens of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden! Apply to be a Gardening Specialist, where every career employee receives extremely competitive health and retirement benefits including:

Job Opening: Irrigation Specialist

Maintain UC Davis' gorgeous campus landscapes and hardscapes by planning, installing and repairing its irrigation systems! Apply to be an Irrigation Specialist at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, where every career employee receives extremely competitive health and retirement benefits

About My Garden

Terry Davison, south Davis resident, describes the evolution of her front and backyard landscapes.

Nursery Caretakers

A small group of volunteer nursery caretakers at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery transplant up to 300 seedlings and cuttings a week. Most of the plants they propagate are offered for sale to the public at the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden seasonal plant sale fundraisers.

Job Opening: GATEways Horticulturist

Design and care for GATEways teaching gardens, cutting-edge sustainable and educational landscapes that engage millions of visitors! Apply to be an GATEways Horticulturist at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, where every career employee receives extremely competitive health and retirement benefits including:

New building to honor daughter’s memory at Arboretum

This fall, the doors to the Elizabeth Mary Wolf Environmental Learning Center will open. Located within the gates of the Arboretum Teaching Nursery, the modern indoor-outdoor facility will serve as a public program space, a dynamic hub for visitor and volunteer events, and a staging area for students.