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Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

Friends Board Recruitment

Sun, March 08, 2020
The Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden—our community support group that is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021—has been a tremendous partner in fostering the excellence of our gardens, programs, staff and students. Would you or someone you know be interested in doing more for the Friends?

Not Kitten Around: Pruning Catmint

Mon, March 02, 2020
While passing the catmint, I can see it’s time for a haircut. They’re looking rather winter haggard wearing a grayish-brown coat from last years fall line. Nepeta x faassenii, better known as a Catmint, is one of my favorites groundcovers. You can cut this cat back anytime of the year, as hard as you want and as often as you want.

Low Down on Leucantha

Mon, March 02, 2020
If it’s January in the Valley and you’ve got a Salvia leucantha (Mexican bush sage) planted in your yard, there’s a good chance it looks very much like this one. I promise you they appreciate a hard cut in the winter.

Sage Advice: How to prune Salvia

Thu, February 27, 2020
Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy Salvia greggii and microphylla. Most of the questions I get asked about Salvia are in regards to pruning.

Common carp could be cause of common problem in Arboretum Waterway

Fri, February 21, 2020
Carp Research in the Arboretum Waterway

Undergraduate researcher Kim Luke with the Center for Watershed Sciences is working with the Arboretum and Public Garden to conduct an experiment about how different fishes in the Arboretum Waterway may influence water quality. She is particularly interested in how one kind of fish, common carp, influence algal blooms.

Demystifying Myrtles: Pruning Lagerstroemia

Fri, February 21, 2020

By Taylor Lewis, nursery manager

Months of color, drought-tolerant, Valley-appropriate, fast-growing, easy-care — these traits are a few reasons that crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia indica), and their many cultivars, have become one of the most widely used home landscape, commercial, parking lot, median strip, landscape trees in the Sacramento Valley. So, what’s the mystery?

No laurels available for resting, despite top ranking

Wed, February 19, 2020
The Arboretum and Public Garden works tirelessly to ensure every person who utilizes its many services is satisfied —and this work has paid off, according to past Academic and Staff Satisfaction Surveys. It's a new year and time for another survey and another chance to offer feedback.

Arboretum Waterway Improved with Tule Transplants

Tue, February 04, 2020

Tule (Schoenoplectus acutus) offers wildlife habitat for birds and other animals, prevents erosion and adds to the aesthetic appeal of the landscape along the Arboretum Waterway. 

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 Combating 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.

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!