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Blog & News Articles

Social distancing crucial — inside and out

Tue, March 24, 2020
We are all in this together.

Visitor instructions, found on signs at popular entrances both at the Arboretum and Putah Creek Riparian Reserve, must be followed when visiting our campus's recreational spaces.
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The Arboretum and Public Garden remains open to visitors — as long as they practice social distancing.

Beautiful, Green Infrastructure with the SmartScape Team

Tue, March 24, 2020

When it comes to green infrastructure, the Learning by Leading™ SmartScape interns have got it covered. The SmartScape team is not only focused on establishing smart irrigation strategies, they are transforming once-overlooked sites into beautiful gardens. In doing so, the SmartScape team has created an area for students to gain a greater understanding of how to approach landscape ecology from both humanistic and biological perspectives. It's hands-on experience!

A message from Director Kathleen Socolofsky to our community

Fri, March 20, 2020

We hope you and your families are all in good health. We care deeply about the health of our community, and slowing the spread of COVID-19 is our highest priority. For that reason, and in light of the recent campus and statewide orders to shelter-in-place, we are canceling all public events, including our plant sales, until further notice.

Learning by Leading™ Alumni Profile: Levy Hernandez

Mon, March 09, 2020
Levy Hernandez, a former Learning by Leading™ apprentice and co-coordinator, earned valuable experience in the program. He is putting it to use creating a more sustainable and climate-resilient Los Angeles.

Building Blocks for Resilient Gardens

Mon, March 09, 2020
As we look to the future, we want to broaden our scope to support landscapes that are not just sustainable, but also resilient. Find plant recommendations and tips on how to build a resilient garden at home.

McBride Family Legacy Lives On

Mon, March 09, 2020
Don McBride likes digging in the dirt... and giving back to his community. Those interests have led to his passion for volunteering with and supporting the Arboretum and Public Garden!

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.