Are you an accidental gardener? Do you love oaks or maybe enjoy trying new beers? Don’t miss the “Oak-tober” celebration on Oct. 4 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Sudwerk Brewing Co. Dock Store. The event is free and a portion of all beer purchases will be donated to support the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.
Become part of the many stories captured in Arboretum tribute tiles. Tiles are available in three locations: the majestic T. Elliot Weier Redwood Grove; the peaceful Peter J. Shields Oak Grove and the artistic Nature’s Gallery Court mural. Visit again and again with family and friends to stroll the Arboretum gardens and take pleasure in seeing your memories honored.
Thanks to Dr. John M. Tucker, professor of botany, director of the Arboretum (1965-66 and 1972-84), and a prominent oak researcher, the UC Davis Arboretum is home to one of the largest and most diverse oak collections in the country, focusing on trees from the southwest U.S., Mexico, and the Mediterranean region. Our collection includes about 100 species, varieties, and hybrids.
Exploring the UC Davis Arboretum’s Peter J. Shields Oak Grove just got easier with the launch of “Oaks Gone Wild!,” a web-based story map dedicated to informing the public about this important campus collection. Virtual visitors can tour the collection at home on their desktops or access the information when they arrive on site using their smart phone or tablet.
In honor of the grove’s 50th anniversary, the arboretum hosted about 50 people for a celebration under the Persian oaks near the grove’s entryway. The anniversary celebration brought together several people with strong connections to those Persian oaks and the hundreds of other oaks in the collection.
Last week the finishing touches were put on the Oak Circle of Life tile bench, the latest UC Davis Art-Science Fusion project, located at the entrance of the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove just west of the gazebo.