Gardening Tips

The Central Valley garden in winter

Wed, December 18, 2019
In California’s Central Valley, the onset of winter’s cool, wet weather marks the beginning of the growing season for California native and Mediterranean climate plants. Comparable to early spring in colder, continental climates, this is the season when root growth begins and summer drought-adapted plants emerge from dormancy, leafing out and, in some cases, bursting into bloom.

Pet-friendly gardens

Mon, June 19, 2017
How to create a pet-friendly garden with plants that enrich your pets' lives and your garden's aesthetic.

May Garden Tips

Thu, April 27, 2017
Gardening tips for weather changes in May

Gardening Corner: December 2017

Wed, December 14, 2016
Winter is here and that means trees and plants alike are preparing for the cold months ahead. Director of horticulture Ellen Zagory has a few tips for protecting your plants against frost.

5 reasons why fall is the best time to plant

Tue, November 01, 2016
“It seems counter-intuitive to many,” says Taylor Lewis, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden nursery manager. “Many think the best time of year to plant must be spring because it’s when leaves bud and things get green again after winter, but if you want healthy plants through our long, hot, Central Valley summers, do yourself a favor. . . plant in fall.”

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:

Available to the public for the first time in the United States!

Wed, September 10, 2014


This deep-rooted, low-water use, low-maintenance groundcover is an excellent lawn replacement or groundcover in sun or partial shade. It grows tightly to the ground, suppressing weeds once established, and is bred to be sterile so it will not reseed in places where you don’t want it.

7 TIPS for success in your summer garden

Thu, July 10, 2014
Ellen Zagory, Director of Public Horticulture for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden gives tips on a successful summer garden.