Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

Our Top Facebook Posts of 2019

Thu, January 16, 2020
From strides toward a more pollinator-friendly campus to live shots of larvae caterpillars at work, check out our top Facebook posts of 2019. Click on the box to view the full post! 

Nursery manager added to committee combatting invasive species

Thu, January 09, 2020
Taylor Lewis, Nursery Manager at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, was recently added to PlantRight’s Plant List Committee. On the committee Lewis will be assisting the organization in its commitment to stopping the sale of horticultural invasive plants.

Students Map Plants, Support Conservation Efforts

Wed, January 08, 2020
Students on the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden's Learning by Leading Plant Records and Mapping team learn how they can support international conservation efforts.

Pollinator-Attracting Container Plantings on Display for the Public

Mon, January 06, 2020
The Arboretum and Public Garden’s  Leading by Learning™  Habitat Horticulture team is exhibiting their newly designed pollinator-friendly containers at the Arboretum Terrace Garden and Lois Crowe Patio in the Davis Commons. 

Learning by Leading Program Impact | Levy Hernandez

Fri, December 27, 2019

Below is a letter written to staff at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden from a former Learning by Leading™ program participant, Levy Hernandez, who was inspired to share more about the impact the program had on his choice of career and his desire to improve the environment around his home town.

Seasons Greetings!

Resolve to get outside, make a difference

Fri, December 27, 2019
The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is looking for volunteers! This could be your chance to not only work with nature, give back to the community and connect with new people, but also receive expert instruction and an opportunity to be involved hands-on projects that improve the local and regional environment. Deadline to apply is Friday, January 17, 2020.

Removing Invasives, Replacing with Natives

Wed, December 18, 2019
Wrangling invasive species, searching for seeds, and maneuvering chainsaws, it’s just another day on the job for the Arboretum and Public Garden’s Learning by Leading™ S.E.E. Putah Creek team. This quarter has been a busy one for the team dedicated to restoring and managing the UC Davis Putah Riparian Reserve. 

Why we kiss under a parasitic plant, mistletoe!

Wed, December 18, 2019
In ancient cultures throughout the northern hemisphere, the time around the winter solstice has long been a season of celebration, feasting, and thanksgiving. On the far northern reaches of the Roman Empire, people like the Teutons and Celts had their own winter rituals centering wheat, oak trees and mistletoe.

The Central Valley garden in winter

Wed, December 18, 2019
In California’s Central Valley, the onset of winter’s cool, wet weather marks the beginning of the growing season for California native and Mediterranean climate plants. Comparable to early spring in colder, continental climates, this is the season when root growth begins and summer drought-adapted plants emerge from dormancy, leafing out and, in some cases, bursting into bloom.

Sustainable Horticulture interns shape campus

Thu, December 05, 2019
From outside Bainer Hall to the Social Sciences Building (aka Death Star) courtyard, the Arboretum and Public Garden’s Learning by Leading™ Sustainable Horticulture interns have been hard at work weeding, mulching, pruning, deadheading and adding new plants in landscapes all over campus throughout fall quarter. As part of this internship students leave lasting changes as they shape campus by creating and maintaining sustainable landscapes.

New Turf for SmartLawn Team

Tue, December 03, 2019
The Learning by Leading™ SmartLawn team, together with CCUH, is helping aid drought and water conservation efforts by testing different types of turf and irrigation methods to determine which combination is most efficient for California homeowners. Their test plots can be seen around the Western Center for Agricultural Equipment. 

Popular ginkgo tree showcases cross-cultural addiction

Thu, November 21, 2019
Art installation created by Rocio Perez, a student in Professor Robin Hill's Intermediate Sculpture Class entitled Addiction, 2019, features dozens of fake plaster cell phones hanging from a popular ginkgo tree in the UC Davis Arboretum's East Asian Collection.

Wild Grapes in the West-end

Wed, November 20, 2019
Grape work! The barren banks on the west-end of the Arboretum Waterway are now home to wild grape cuttings, thanks to the Waterway Stewardship team.

Edible Landscaping Has Their Produce Covered

Tue, November 12, 2019
What's going on in the Good Life Garden? Stay updated with the Edible Landscaping team's latest work and contributions to campus.

New Naaay-bors Moooove in!

Thu, October 31, 2019
If you haven’t visited the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden in a while you may notice that there are areas ready for new plantings. That’s because a large part of the area was fenced off for an adjacent construction project to accommodate our Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital’s large animal blood donors!