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Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

Big Day of Giving – thank you donors!

Fri, May 29, 2020

Thank you! We are grateful for the generosity of everyone who has supported the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden over the past two months. We know it has been a challenging time, but we've tried our best to be there for the community by keeping the gardens open for everyone. Thank you for being there for us by supporting the Arboretum and Public Garden with your gifts and encouraging words.

Summer Plant Guide: Top 10 List for Summer Success

Wed, May 27, 2020
Watch the Video!

Watch as Taylor Lewis, nursery manager, goes over in more detail each of these ten tips! See the video.

by Taylor Lewis, nursery manager

"Should I do it? I thought fall was the best time? But it’s so hot?"

It’s true that summer is not the best time of the year to install new plants, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t. Watch the latest Ask the Garden Gnomes video below for advice or scroll down to find some quick tips.

New Arboretum Zoom Backgrounds!

Wed, May 27, 2020
Download these new Zoom backgrounds to featuring beautiful photography from throughout the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. We also have a folder of dozens of generic UC Davis branded Zoom backgrounds for those spirited Aggies out there continuing to work hard and make the world a better place from home!

How well do you know the birds of the Arboretum Waterway?

Tue, May 26, 2020

Can you identify these birds commonly found in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden? More than 135 species of birds have been observed nesting or roosting in the Arboretum.

1) Great egret (Ardea alba): A tall white bird with an impressive wingspan of about 6 feet. They hunt fish and frogs by waiting for their prey to pass before quickly striking using their long necks. They typically nest high in trees to steer clear of predators, such as raccoons.

Student Leaders: Noreen Mabini

Tue, May 19, 2020

Thanks to her experiences working at the Arboretum and Public Garden, Noreen Mabini is well on her way to achieving her career aspirations of becoming a restoration specialist. As a co-coordinator for the Learning by Leading Waterway Stewardship team, the third-year UC Davis student oversees 10 undergraduate interns whose work includes renewing, maintaining, and restoring the Arboretum Waterway. 

Thank you to our Give Day 2020 Donors

Fri, April 24, 2020

Thank you to our donors who gave to the Arboretum and Public Garden during UC Davis Give Day, April 17-18!
We appreciate your generous support of the people, programs and landscapes that make our campus special.

Play Arboretum Bingo!

Fri, April 24, 2020

If you miss the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden as much we do, fill out our Arboretum Bingo card! Remember all your fun memories at the Arboretum, and maybe add some new activities to your own bucket list along the way!

Learning by Leading™ Museum Education

Special thanks to the Arboretum and Public Garden's Learning by Leading Museum Educationteam, Kelly Nishimura and Wyatt Garrett, for their help on this awesome project!

7-year old kicks off Give Day with $5 donation!

Thu, April 16, 2020

At the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, every bit of help counts! Our donors give at every dollar amount and age range — like Declan! Declan is a 7-year old West Sacramento resident and Arboretum visitor who took his appreciation for the Arboretum to the next level. Along with a donation of $5.33, the Arboretum was thrilled to receive this handwritten letter, filled with wonderful drawings of our awesome (aka asume) Arboretum!

To Our Community: A message from Director Kathleen Socolofsky

Fri, April 10, 2020
We continue to care deeply about the health of our community and slowing the spread of COVID-19 is our highest priority. For that reason, we are asking all our visitors to follow proper social distancing guidelines if you are visiting the Arboretum and Public Garden spaces such as the Arboretum proper and the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve.

Reminding our community to do their part

Thu, April 09, 2020
It is crucial that everyone going out in public prioritizes adhering to social distancing above all else, which means skipping popular destinations, opting for more local neighborhood or less crowded areas.

Explore nature from home with iNaturalist

Thu, April 09, 2020
On you can learn about nature, record your encounters with insects, plants and other organisms, connect with experts who can identify the animals/plants you find, create useful data through your findings, and more!