California Natives

Tried and True and Lots That's New

September 20, 2017
Taylor Lewis, nursery manager for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, shares the plants he loves that will also be available at their Fall 2017 plant sales. His picks include plants for dry shade and sun, Australian natives, California natives and mangaves.

Weathering the drought: on campus and at home

July 01, 2015
Over the past year the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden has managed to cut back water use across campus by over 30% from 2013 — that is already well above Governor Brown’s recent 25% water reduction mandate. Read more about how we accomplished this using targeted tree care, irrigation improvements, lawn conversions and using regionally-appropriate plants!

Drought underscores importance of native plants

May 13, 2015
Ellen Zagory, director of public horticulture for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, is featured in Davis Enterprise article dated May 13, 2015, Drought underscores the importance of native plants.

California Native Plant GATEway Garden update

December 16, 2013
Thanks to dozens upon dozens of volunteers and a determined construction crew, the many features of the multifaceted California Native Plant GATEway Garden are taking shape.

Volunteers plant California natives in new garden

December 06, 2013
Throughout November and December volunteers from student groups, community members, local Rotary Clubs as well as our long-term and loyal UC Davis Arboretum volunteers, have come out to the future site of the UC Davis California Native Plant GATEway Garden to help plant thousands of native grasses. We cannot thank them enough. Their investment in this educational and community resource is very much appreciated. We could not manage these large-scale improvements without their help.

California Native Plant GATEway Garden construction to begin soon

December 02, 2011
Thanks to funding from Museums for America, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and UC Davis, the weedy field at the very east end of the Arboretum will soon be transformed to a garden featuring plants native to the lower Putah Creek watershed. The garden will feature themed plantings and interpretive signs to educate the public about regional flora and fauna, the history of the Putah Creek watershed, and how to create sustainable landscapes with native plants.