Interpretive Exhibits

Interpretive Exhibits

As you tour the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, look for educational exhibits in our major demonstration gardens and collections. These exhibits answer common questions about sustainable horticulture practices, gardening with native plants, and California’s unique climate, ecology, natural history and more.

Our visitor-centered approach to educational exhibits is nationally recognized and based on best practices in informal education and museum studies. We employ teams of UC Davis experts, students, staff, and members of the public to create our signs and evaluate their success at attracting visitors, holding visitors’ attention, and communicating their intended message.

All of our exhibits are available for download on this page.


Ruth Risdon Storer Garden

The Ruth Risdon Storer Garden is a Valley-wise garden, featuring flowering perennials and small shrubs that are especially well suited to Central Valley gardens, including many Arboretum All-Stars, our recommended plants for Valley-wise gardens.

Good Life Garden

Good Life Garden Good Life Garden Video


The courtyard of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, home to the UC Davis Good Life Garden since 2008, quickly became a popular venue for weddings and high-profile university events thanks to the gorgeous, well-maintained, ever-changing edible landscape.

This garden is utilized by students, faculty, staff, volunteers and more!

For example: