Volunteers needed for premiere produce recovery event

UC Davis PLS 5 Gleaning flyer.docx

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January 29, 2016 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

WHAT: Harvest for the Yolo Food Bank
DATE: Friday, January 29, 2016
TIME: 9:30- 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Plant Sciences Field (Meet at Bowley Plant Science Teaching Facility)
RSVP: Submit your name and email address

Pull on your boots, get out your gloves, and join students from the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Learning by Leading Program this Friday from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. to harvest produce from a student-planted, educational-use field just west of the Student Farm. (RSVP here.)

Used as a lab for undergraduates enrolled in Professor Muhammad Marrush’s Plant Sciences 5 course – Plants for Garden, Orchard and Landscape – this field provides students with hands-on experience cultivating plants for food as well as establishing and maintaining a vegetable garden.

“While in this class, my students’ enjoyment in planting and harvesting intensifies,” explains Marrush. “They come from all kinds of backgrounds, and grow up in cities where they don’t necessarily get the opportunity to make a genuine connection to food and where it comes from. My hope is that this course and events like this will continue after I retire.”

In the past students could harvest the produce for personal use, but there would end up being more than they needed. Now, thanks to a few conscientious students willing to go the extra mile, navigate, and comply with multiple safety and liability issues, they are now able to glean the edibles and donate them to a local food bank.

Carli Hambley, intern for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Learning by Leading Program, the group facilitating the process and organizing the event, is hoping for a large turnout.

“We want volunteers to know that they are participating in a new program, but one that has been in the works for a while,” says Hambley.

“The process to start campus-wide produce recovery in teaching fields began with Environmental Science and Management major Hanna Morris,” explains Hambley. “She got the bulk of this process started. I picked up her baton and am lucky and proud to be here to finish the requirements and see it happen. The future of this program will reside with our campus’s Fresh Focus Program.”

Students in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Learning by Leading Program take on a variety of challenges with staff mentor support.

“This particular project had multiple obstacles to overcome, but our students’ diligence and focus on sustainability paid off,” Kathleen Socolofsky, assistant vice chancellor and director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden said.

“So many individuals and departments were instrumental in helping us and our students make this happen – the Chancellor, Environmental Health and Safety, the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, Risk Management, Contracts, the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Plant Sciences, the Student Farm, Fresh Focus, but most of all, our students!”

Join them on Friday at what will be the first of many similar events across campus!


January specials at Davis Ace for Arboretum Members

Posted January 2016

Thank you Davis Ace for providing these discounts to members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. In addition to these two offers, our members always receive 10% off Davis Ace’s supply of Arboretum All-Stars. Learn more about becoming a member. 

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Continue your New Year celebration
in the Arboretum’s East Asian Collection

Photo of Chinese Lion Dance costume.

This year’s “Climbing the Ginkgo Tree” event will feature a special Chinese lion dancing performance by the Golden Turtle Lion Dance Association at UC Davis.

Post updated January 19, 2016

To kick off the New Year, our student-led Arboretum Ambassador team has organized a fantastic event where participants of all ages are invited to explore the cultural and natural world of Asia.

Climbing the Ginkgo Tree
Sunday, January 31, 1-3 p.m.
Wyatt Deck, UC Davis Arboretum
Rain location: 146 Environmental Horticulture

Set to overlook the banks of Arboretum’s picturesque East Asian Collection, the event takes place on Wyatt Deck, just west of the T. Elliot Weir Redwood Grove. Participants at this free event will learn about Taiwan, Korea, China and Japan through games, stories, and crafts which will include calligraphy lettering, lantern making, kite designing, and red envelope crafting – a Chinese New Year tradition.

Image of the flyer for the 2016 Climbing the Ginkgo Tree event.

Click the image to download the flyer.

That’s not all! Attendees will also be invited to sample Asian snacks and, most exciting of all, be treated to a special Chinese lion dancing performance by UC Davis students in the Golden Turtle Lion Dance Association.

Be sure to join the “Climbing the Ginkgo Tree” Facebook event page for further updates. Should it happen to rain, this event will take place near Wyatt Deck at 146 Environmental Horticulture.

This event is sponsored by the UC Davis Arboretum Ambassadors and features the Golden Lion Turtle Dance Association, the Japanese American Student Society, and the Taiwanese American Organization.


Cagwin & Dorward becomes the first
“Learning by Leading” corporate sponsor

Photo of Cagwin & Dorward CEO speaking to a group of UC Davis Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture students.

CEO and COO of Cagwin & Dorward, Steven Glennon (far left), speaks to a large group of UC Davis Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture students present for a work day to renovate the courtyard of UC Davis Hunt Hall. Cagwin & Dorward sponsored this event as part of their involvement with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Learning by Leading student internship program.

Cagwin & Dorward Landscape Contractors, a comprehensive landscape maintenance provider with a focus on environmental sustainability, has become the first corporate sponsor of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Learning by Leading Program.

Over the course of the next three years, Cagwin & Dorward will give $30,000 to support the two student coordinators leading our Sustainable Horticulture strand. (Currently there are seven strands (areas) in which students can gain specialized leadership and learning opportunities. LEARN MORE.) This funding will allow us to offer expanded staff and peer mentorship throughout the year to UC Davis students who are specifically interested in gaining practical experience and leadership training in the planning, design and implementation of sustainable landscapes.

In addition to this gift, Cagwin & Dorward recently sponsored two events in which UC Davis students were actively engaged in improving our campus environment — one involved a green landscape project in the Hunt Hall courtyard (the building where UC Davis Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design is located) and the other the planting of our new pollinator garden just east of the Arboretum Teaching Nursery.

SEE A PHOTO GALLERY from the Hunt Hall green landscape project

Planning for pollinators

Photo of bee on goldenrod.

California native plants like goldenrod are important for attracting a variety of pollinators to our gardens.

Posted January 11, 2016

by Ellen Zagory, Director of Horticulture

Finally days are cooler, there is moisture in the soil and we, and our plants and gardens, are given some relief from the relentless heat of summer. Winter is a great time to be out in the garden checking on our new drought-tolerant selections to assure they get the best start — a chance to establish deep and extensive root systems for use next summer. Plenty of water now is the key, and if it doesn’t rain, be sure to irrigate your new plantings regularly to keep roots and surrounding soil moist.

We too are establishing a new garden thanks to support from the T.S. and K.D. Glide Foundation. This past November, we planted a new pollinator display garden just east of our teaching nursery. For those interested, like me, in attracting and supporting native insect fauna, resources are many. My current go-to book, California Bees and Blooms by faculty and staff at UC Davis and UC Berkeley, was published just this year. Interesting to note that, while many California native plants are attractive to native insects, researchers have found that non-native plants can also play an important role. In this garden, not only did I select bee-attracting natives and non-natives, I also focused on plants known to attract and provide nectar and pollen for butterflies and beneficial insects like beetles and predatory flies.

My goal was to incorporate as much complexity as possible, but I needed to also simplify maintenance — something we can all appreciate! To do that I organized the plantings into three areas:

1) Flowering perennials: The focal point of the pollinator garden is a large triangle-shaped landscape with paths on all three sides. Here we planted herbaceous flowering perennials including California native goldenrod (Solidago californica ‘Cascade Creek’) and non-native ornamental oreganos (Origanum laevigatum ‘Herrenshausen’ and ‘Hopley’s Purple’). This densely planted area of smaller-sized plants will provide an interesting array of color for seasonal interest and food for our beloved pollinators.

2) Hedgerow: Adjacent to our Mediterranean Collection is where we’ve placed our larger, woody perennials to create a hedgerow. These plants not only provide flowers throughout the season starting with manzanita (Arctosptaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’), it’s where birds foraging in the nearby native meadow can hide and build nests. Plus, because it’s underneath large oaks, we will trial some lesser-known shade perennials like Horkelia californica whose tiny flowers attract bumblebees.

3) Annuals: Lastly, we’ve reserved room for our native annual flora like tansy leafed phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia) and arroyo lupine (Lupinus succulentus) to run free while under the watchful care of our students, volunteers and staff.

We hope a diverse fauna will be attracted to our flora, including visiting humans! Still in the works are a patio for tours, an insect hotel, and an open sandy soil mound to attract ground nesting insects. The plan is to provide what all creatures need: food, water, and a place to raise their young.

Staff and students will be working together to maintain and develop educational programs to help our visitors experience nature and learn more about the fascinating complexity of life on earth and how humans can create spaces for its support. We hope you will stop by and visit!


Why pollination and pollinator protection are important
by Kathy Keatley Garvey, senior writer with UC Davis Departments of Entomology and Nematology


Pollination and Protecting Pollinators from WSU CAHNRS Video Production on Vimeo.

Become a volunteer! Apply now!
Applications due Friday, January 15

Posted January 4, 2015

Photo of UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden volunteers renovating planting area in the East Asian collection with shade-loving plants that will also attract hummingbirds.

UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden volunteers renovate an area in the Arboretum’s East Asian Collection with shade-loving plants that also attract hummingbirds. UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden volunteers gain horticultural experience while maintaining campus scientific collections, demonstration gardens, and naturalized landscapes.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEND MORE TIME OUTDOORS? Would you like to learn more about the environment? Are you looking for a way to fulfill a New Year’s resolution to give back to the community? Consider volunteering with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden! It’s a rewarding place to spend your time while learning new skills and meeting new people. We are seeking new volunteers to join our gardening and land stewardship volunteer teams. Trainings will be offered this winter and include a combination of expert instruction and hands-on projects.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a $20 materials fee due at your team’s first scheduled training date.

GARDENING VOLUNTEERS work in teams on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday mornings to help maintain and beautify Arboretum and Public Garden landscapes. Each team focuses on a different area; volunteers work in collaboration with horticultural staff.
Training dates: Thursdays, January 28-March 3, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

NEW! LAND STEWARDSHIP VOLUNTEERS work on the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve and campus naturalized lands with staff on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings. Projects include light construction, trail repair, native plant care, weed control, and a variety of equipment and power tool operation.

Training dates: January 26, 27 or 28, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Applications are due Friday, January 15. The application form and more information are available on the Arboretum website at arboretum.ucdavis.edu and below. If you have questions, please contact Roxanne Loe at (530) 752-4880 or rgloe@ucdavis.edu.


GARDENING volunteer application: 
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 | MS Word Document

NEW! LAND STEWARDSHIP volunteer application:
Adobe Acrobat Form | MS Word Document

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