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Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

Partnership with campus Environmental Health & Safety improves landscape and stormwater quality

Thu, October 25, 2012
Thanks to a partnership Andrew Fulks, Director of the UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve and Campus Naturalized Lands, has stewarded with the UC Davis Environmental Health and Safety department (EH&S), the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden team is tackling a few landscape improvements to reduce the amount of sediment in the campus’s stormwater run-off.

Oak grove meadow conversion update 10.25.12

Thu, October 25, 2012
The mix of meadow grasses planted last year to replace a high-maintenance, high-water lawn west of the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove continues to thrive. See photo below. (Capturing the majestic oaks before they lose their leaves also helps highlight the dramatic makeover!)

New UC Davis GATEways Project progress brochure

Wed, October 24, 2012
The information in the new booklet documents much of our team’s progress to date. It’s designed to inform our stakeholders, as well as those unfamiliar with the UC Davis GATEways project, about our integrated approach to the campus landscape, and how the project functions to set our university apart from all others!

La Rue Road Median Conversion 10.14.11

Sun, October 14, 2012
Grounds staff have sprayed the turf in the median on La Rue Road and you should see the grass turning brown.  In a couple of weeks, the turf will be removed and work will begin on retrofit of the irrigation from spray to drip.  The Arboretum staff has prepared a list of plants to be considered as CPCR Landscape Architects begin the design.  Watch for heavy equipment in November!

UC Davis Arboretum makes 10 most beautiful botanical gardens list!

Fri, July 13, 2012
Stylist Home, a popular destination within the an AOL suite of websites including The Huffington Post, has named the UC Davis Arboretum to their list of “The 10 Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens Across the United States (Photos).”

UC Davis Magazine cover story!

Wed, June 13, 2012
The Summer 2012 issue of UC Davis Magazine features the UC Davis Arboretum on the cover and inside describes the launch, mission and future of the UC Davis Public Garden Initiative and GATEways Project.

Gray pine removed on California Avenue

Fri, May 04, 2012
Grounds and Landscape Services removed a gray pine tree from the Arboretum that was located at the corner of California Avenue and La Rue Road. The tree was in decline and posed a safety hazard due to its potential to fall. According to Warren Roberts, Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum, the pinecones were also a concern; if a pinecone were to fall from that height it would do as much damage as a bowling ball!

Urban Greening grant recommended for funding

Fri, May 04, 2012
A joint application for an Urban Greening grant filed by the Arboretum, led by Arboretum Assistant Director of Horticulture Emily Griswold, and the City of Davis to green the Downtown Davis Parkway has been recommended for full funding by the California Natural Resources Agency.

At UC Davis Russell Ranch, research begins as wildflowers bloom

Fri, May 04, 2012
In 2003 Public Garden team members Andrew Fulks and J.P. Marié began work on the ranch to convert 50 acres from row crops to native perennial grasslands; this effort served not only to mitigate the loss of habitat for the Swainson’s Hawks and Burrowing Owls disturbed by campus construction, but also to provide researchers an area to conduct forb studies.

Shields Oak Grove Turns 50

Thu, May 03, 2012
In honor of the grove’s 50th anniversary, the arboretum hosted about 50 people for a celebration under the Persian oaks near the grove’s entryway. The anniversary celebration brought together several people with strong connections to those Persian oaks and the hundreds of other oaks in the collection.

Nature's Gallery Court update

Thu, April 12, 2012

The last two weeks have been a flurry of activity at Nature’s Gallery Court as co-founders of the UC Davis Art-Science Fusion program Diane Ullman and Donna Billick have been able to install the Nature’s Gallery mosaic mural of 140 tiles hand-crafted by UC Davis students, staff, faculty and community members. The art is truly stunning in its new home and is sure to become a famous campus landmark.

Read more about Nature’s Gallery Court.

Visitor map improvement project underway

Thu, April 12, 2012
The typical “newbie-to-UC Davis” experience is on the way to a major revamp. Large maps will be placed at key locations throughout campus giving a much-needed hand to the millions of visitors our campus receives every year.

La Rue Road median update 4.12.12

Thu, April 12, 2012
After a long wait and an unusually dry winter, some of the wild flowers planted along the La Rue Road median are finally putting on a show at the intersection of Russell Blvd. and La Rue Road.