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Environmental Horticulture

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.

Detours Lead to Exciting Upgrades

Mon, December 09, 2019
The Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants on the south side of Lake Spafford will be temporarily closed this winter for a major path upgrade. If all goes as planned, the garden will open again in the late spring or early summer.

UC Davis Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center

The UC Davis Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center — a place where students, faculty, and staff can test new horticultural tools and demonstrate best practices for growing fruits and vegetables, particularly those helpful to small-scale farmers in developing countries.

Native Californian Elderberry Flute-making Workshop

Learn how to make and play an elderberry flute with East Bay Regional Parks docent Antonio Flores who will talk about the craft and culture of Native Californian flute making as well as the endangered elderberry beetle. All materials will be supplied.

Zagory receives horticulture award

Mon, June 27, 2016
Each year the California Horticultural Society awards someone who has made a significant contribution to horticulture in California. This year, the honor went to our own Ellen Zagory, Director of Public Horticulture, for her work on developing and promoting Arboretum All-Stars.

Pitch-and-Plant contest with the Horticulture Innovation Lab

Tue, June 21, 2016
Like to garden? On campus this summer? We’re inviting the UC Davis community to tell us your creative ideas for what you would plant in one of our raised beds, if you were to get your hands dirty at the Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center. We are inviting you to pitch us your idea for one of our small garden beds. Our demonstration center currently displays vegetables from Africa and Asia, along with agricultural tools that small-scale farmers use in other countries. If you haven’t seen it, come take a look!

5 steps for establishing drought-tolerant plants

Mon, January 12, 2015
Plants are curious creatures. Unlike us, they cannot get up and get a drink of water when they are parched. By nature, they are rooted to the spot and rely on Mother Nature or a nearby gardener to supply water. Here are five tips for establishing new plants to make your garden truly drought tolerant: