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Director Socolofsky receives leadership award from Excelerate Foundation

Wed, November 05, 2014
Kathleen Socolofsky, assistant vice chancellor and director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, received the first leadership award granted by the Excelerate Foundation, an organization that supports nonprofits that motivate positive social change. The award honors her work creating an innovative and transformative model for university and public gardens worldwide.

Museum pops up in Arboretum on Nature Discovery Day

Tue, October 21, 2014
On Saturday, October 18, 2014 the UC Davis Arboretum Ambassadors, Bohart Museum of Entomology interns, UC Davis Entomology Club students, students from UC Davis Wild Campus, and Department of Entomology Professor Robbin Thorpe joined forces to facilitate our first annual Nature Discovery Day–an outstanding public program for all ages!

Creating a new visitor entry and destination

Tue, October 21, 2014
Construction has begun on the first part of a multi-year plan to improve access and create campus- and visitor-friendly features at the west end of the Arboretum. The area is part of an exciting initiative zone that contains several large, campus-funded projects.

DONOR SPOTLIGHT: Whole Foods Market

Mon, October 13, 2014
We’ve developed a terrific community partnership with Whole Foods Market Davis! Here are examples of how their team has collaborated with the Arboretum and Public Garden in support of community education and sustainable horticulture:

Nursery manager Taylor Lewis featured in Sac Bee

Mon, October 13, 2014
Nursery Manager Taylor Lewis was featured in the Sac Bee on Saturday, October 11 in the Home and Garden section. The article highlights his focus on native plants as well as the Friends of the Arboretum and Public Garden fall plant sales.

8 Tips for a Successful Plant Sale Shopping Experience

Wed, October 08, 2014
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.

Farmer Fred podcast features our plant sales and staff

Wed, October 08, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014, our own Ellen Zagory, director of public horticulture and Taylor Lewis, nursery manager, were featured on Farmer Fred’s radio show “Get Growing with Farmer Fred” on KSTE 650 AM from 10-11:30 a.m.

New Front Yard Plant List

Wed, October 01, 2014

Looking for attractive, low-water, regionally appropriate plants for your front yard landscape? Consider incorporating some of the of 40 plants selected by our Director of Public Horticulture Ellen Zagory. The list is what she calls the "New Front Yard" plant list.


Director of Public Horticulture Ellen Zagory speaks at a press conference in support of homeowners who install water-wise landscaping

Tue, September 23, 2014
On August 14, Ellen Zagory, Director of Public Horticulture, together with Loren Oki, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Landscape Horticulture with the Department of Plant Sciences, spoke at a press conference on the steps of the Sacramento capitol in support of Assembly Bill 2104 (authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez). This bill prevents homeowner’s associations from levying fines against residents for installing drought-tolerant landscapes. On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the bill was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

DETOUR: Path from south Davis to Arboretum closed to bikes and pedestrians

Mon, September 22, 2014
The Putah Creek bike path that connects south Davis to the Arboretum will be closed to both bike and pedestrian traffic for three weeks starting Monday, September 22 through Sunday, October 12. During the closure bicyclists and pedestrians will be detoured to the Richards Boulevard undercrossing.

DETOUR on Garrod Drive during road realignment project

Mon, September 22, 2014
Over the next couple of days  (Friday, September 26, 2014 through early the following week of  September 28, 2014) a portion of Garrod Drive just off La Rue Road leading to the Arboretum Teaching Nursery, will be closed with a detour in place.