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Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

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.

Available to the public for the first time in the United States!

Wed, September 10, 2014


This deep-rooted, low-water use, low-maintenance groundcover is an excellent lawn replacement or groundcover in sun or partial shade. It grows tightly to the ground, suppressing weeds once established, and is bred to be sterile so it will not reseed in places where you don’t want it.

Governor’s office requests UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden presence at California Day of Preparedness Event

Fri, September 05, 2014
At the request of the Governor's office, Taylor Lewis, horticulturist and nursery manager, together with Haven Kiers, special projects manager and lecturer for the campus’s landscape architecture program, will represent the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden at the Water Preparedness event to provide attendees with resources to “waterwise” their landscapes.

Explore the Peter J. Shields oak grove

Wed, September 03, 2014
Thanks to Dr. John M. Tucker, professor of botany, director of the Arboretum (1965-66 and 1972-84), and a prominent oak researcher, the UC Davis Arboretum is home to one of the largest and most diverse oak collections in the country, focusing on trees from the southwest U.S., Mexico, and the Mediterranean region. Our collection includes about 100 species, varieties, and hybrids.

Assistant Director Feldman appointed to American Public Garden Association board of directors

Wed, September 03, 2014
In spring of 2014, Assistant Director Carmia Feldman was appointed to the Board of Directors of our national professional organization, the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), as a Director-at-Large. Carmia was also asked to join the Program Selection Committee, so for the next two years, in addition to her board duties, Carmia will be helping to solicit and select presentations for the annual meetings.

Smoother travels ahead thanks to pathway repair work

Wed, August 06, 2014
Whether running, walking, or riding, Arboretum visitors will have a smoother time getting around thanks to road and path maintenance funding from our campus Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) unit.

When is a rock like a snake?

Thu, July 17, 2014
Find out the answer to this question and many more when visiting the California Rock Garden–a Geology GATEway Garden. Exhibit signage and labels for all of the incredible rock specimens that were once located throughout the state of California and now reside around the UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences building, make visiting this GATEway garden even more enjoyable.