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Peter J. Shields Oak Grove

New Self-Guided Tour Highlights Iconic Arboretum Oaks

Tue, January 08, 2019
Learning by Leading™ Museum Education create a new self-guided walking tour of Peter J. Shields Oak Grove that highlight twelve trees trees of international origin from this unique collection.

Toast oaks and "Oak-tober" at beer launch

Wed, September 26, 2018
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.

Tribute tiles available in the Arboretum

Thu, July 30, 2015
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.

Oak grove featured in California Bountiful magazine

Wed, July 08, 2015
The July/August 2015 issue features our own Peter J. Shields Oak Grove as a place visitors can stay cool during the heat of summer with a mobile-friendly, self-guided walking tour.

Explore the Peter J. Shields oak grove

Wed, September 03, 2014
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.

“Story map” brings oak collection alive with history, art, and animals

Mon, October 14, 2013
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.

Shields Oak Grove Turns 50

Thu, May 03, 2012
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.

Oak Grove Meadow conversion and turtle habitat

Mon, December 19, 2011
About 3 weeks after seeding we have germination at the Oak Grove Meadow! What you see in the photo below is a small Nasella pulchra. Now we wait, and irrigate as necessary if rain doesn’t come.