Blog & News Articles

Blog & News Articles

Marquee trees debut in Davis this May

Thu, April 26, 2018
Coming soon to a tree near you — oversized hang tags promoting the importance of trees — thanks to a collaboration between the City of Davis Tree Commission, Tree Davis, the California Center for Urban Horticulture and the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

The Arboretum Waterway’s New Floating Island: A Green Solution

Fri, April 13, 2018
UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Learning by Leading™ Waterway Stewardship interns launched a floating island of wetland plants in the Arboretum Waterway near Putah Creek Lodge to improve the water quality, wildlife habitat and aesthetic appeal of this portion of the Waterway.

Students tag trees, raise Earth Day awareness

Thu, April 12, 2018
In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, interns participating in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Learning by Leading Museum Education program will be tying large tags around 50 trees throughout campus and the Arboretum.

Support California native bees with these 10 plants

Wed, April 04, 2018
The plants included here were selected based on information available through this work and that of others both in the Bay Area and the Sacramento Valley.  These plants were chosen for spring, summer and fall bloom, low to medium-low watering need, low maintenance requirements and the variety of bee species they attract.

Taking care of our native bees’ needs

Wed, April 04, 2018
California is home to 1600+ native bee species that range in size from less than a quarter inch long to more than an inch and a half. What may come as a surprise to many is that none of them make honey or live in hives like the ubiquitous European honey bee. However, they are all critical to the future of our state’s environmental health, the pollination of our food as well as the reproduction of plants in California’s natural areas. Here's how you can support native bees in your own garden.

Beyond the honey bee: Learn more about California native bees

Tue, April 03, 2018
Why care about bees?

Bees are important as indicators of environmental quality, are key in the continued existence of our wildlands, vital to sustainable pollination of crops, and serve as food that supports a diversity of other species. In addition, bees are critical to the health of natural, ornamental and agricultural landscapes.

Arboretum Waterway Construction Update 4.2.2018

Mon, April 02, 2018
Now that Phase 1 of the Arboretum Waterway Maintenance and Enhancement Project is nearly finished, the paths on both sides of the waterway are open again.

Creating a DIY Pollinator Garden

Thu, March 08, 2018
Learn how to plant a pollinator garden in your very own yard using easy-to-find plants and simple methods.

Arboretum Waterway Construction Update 3.8.18

Thu, March 08, 2018
The path on the south side of the Arboretum Waterway, which we sometimes refer to as the yellow brick road, is more than halfway complete. Soon the entire walk from the east end of the Arboretum GATEway Garden to the beginning of the Redwood Grove will have a universally accessible path of smooth pavers.

UC Davis Arboretum receives TripAdvisor's 2018 Certificate of Excellence

Sat, February 24, 2018

The UC Davis Arboretum and the UC Davis campus both received TripAdvisor’s 2018 Certificate of Excellence. Now in its eighth year, the achievement celebrates destinations and businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors destinations that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify places that regularly deliver great experiences.”

What’s Up, Duck?

Thu, February 08, 2018
We love the ducks in the Arboretum, but too many ducks in the Arboretum Waterway can have negative impacts on the Waterway ecosystem and the ducks.

Waterway edge habitat provides ecosystem benefits

Thu, February 08, 2018
To provide multiple ecosystem benefits, students on our Learning by Leading Waterway Stewardship team are creating riparian (water edge) habitats around the newly constructed weirs throughout Phase One of the Arboretum Waterway Maintenance and Enhancement Project.

Is That Oil in the Water?

Thu, February 08, 2018
Naturally occurring, iron-oxidizing bacteria can create a film similar to oil (see photos), however it is completely harmless and goes away over time.

Arboretum Waterway Construction Update 1.29.18

Mon, January 29, 2018
The path on the north side of the Arboretum Waterway is open again, now that construction on Phase 1 of the Arboretum Waterway Maintenance and Enhancement Project is nearing completion.