TWO-DAY DETOUR on Garrod Drive during road realignment project

This Thursday, September 25 and Friday, September 26, 2014, a portion of Garrod Drive just off La Rue Road leading to the Arboretum Teaching Nursery, will be closed with a detour in place.

Please refer to the map below or CLICK HERE to download a map of the detour.

This work is part of a multi-year plan to improve access and create campus- and visitor-friendly features at the west end of the Arboretum. The area is part of an exciting initiative zone that contains several large, campus-funded projects. The Arboretum and Public Garden team has been working with campus project managers and departments to coordinate and leverage these projects to enhance the visitor experience in the Arboretum.

The first in this series of projects, the Garrod Drive realignment and Putah Creek Lodge parking lot expansion (happening now), will improve access to the Arboretum Teaching Nursery.

There are many sustainability features being built into this project. The parking lot will feature trees specifically chosen for their ability to tolerate tough, urban conditions, a bioswale will filter water that runs off from the parking lot, and a California native plant meadow will collect excess water from the entire site while creating wildlife habitat.

READ MORE in UC Davis Dateline.


CLICK ON IMAGE to download the larger map.

DETOUR: Path from south Davis to Arboretum closed to bikes and pedestrians

Photo of closed portion of pathway leading from south Davis to UC Davis Arboretum.

The Putah Creek bike path that connects south Davis to the Arboretum will be closed to both bike and pedestrian traffic for three weeks starting Monday, September 22 through Sunday, October 12. During the closure bicyclists and pedestrians will be detoured to the Richards Boulevard undercrossing.

The closure will allow further improvements to be made to the Putah Creek Parkway path on the east side of the bike tunnel. Detour signs will be posted.  When completed, the section of the Putah Creek Parkway between the I-80 undercrossing and the railroad undercrossing will have decomposed granite paths on both sides of the concrete bike path, native grasses, improved habitat for pipevine swallowtail butterflies and other native pollinators and wildlife.

Click for the City of Davis press release about the project.

Horticulturist Stacey Parker receives campus Safety Star award


About once a month our campus safety services unit recognizes an employee who makes a contribution to improve the culture of safety at UC Davis. Last month that award was bestowed upon our own GATEways Horticulturist Stacey Parker!

Here’s an excerpt from Stacey’s nomination package.

“Stacey is the safety coordinator for the [UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden]. This is a thankless job that requires coordination, dedication, and extreme patience in the pursuit of safety training compliance. Others would cringe at having to rally a group of employees to read safety brochures and participate in staff trainings; Stacey jumps in headfirst and leads our group with a combination of perseverance and enthusiasm. She manages to make the process seem interesting and ultimately valuable. With Stacey at the helm, I look forward to our monthly trainings.”

We are so proud of all the work Stacey does! When you see her, please congratulate and thank her for keeping our our volunteers and our staff safe!


Arboretum and Public Garden staff at Stacey’s award ceremony. From left to right, Emily Griswold, Taylor Lewis, Carmia Feldman, Lisa Fowler, Suzanne Ullensvang, Roxanne Loe, Ellen Zagory, Andrew Larsen, Stacey Parker, Mark Burke, Katie Hetrick, Haven Kiers, Betsy Rogers, Mia Ingolia, Thersa Goman, and Mary Gibson.


Available at our fall plant sales for the first time in the United States!

Lippia nodiflora 'Campagne Verde', KurpiaNEED A LAWN REPLACEMENT?

At our October sales (while supplies last) we have exclusive permission to offer a new selection Lippia nodiflora ‘Campagne Verde’.

This form was tested by UC researchers at Riverside in 2012 and now is being trialed at UC Davis by our Center for Urban Horticulture for its ability to thrive with extremely little irrigation. Given the common name Kurapia® this deep-rooted, low-water use, low-maintenance groundcover grows tightly to the ground, suppressing weeds, and is bred to be sterile so it will not reseed where you don’t want it. Its small white flower clusters are attractive to butterflies and bees, so it is not for use in children’s play areas, but it is excellent as a low-water lawn replacement or groundcover in sun or partial shade.

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Governor’s office requests UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden presence at California Day of Preparedness Event

Photo of Taylor Lewis speaking at the California Office of Emergency Services event "California Day of Preparedness" about water conservation in our landscapes on September 6, 2014.
In light of worsening drought conditions and the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s leadership role in helping homeowners conserve water in their landscapes, the Governor’s office requested our presence at the California Day of Preparedness Event on Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Old Sacramento. LEARN MORE.

Taylor Lewis, horticulturist and nursery manager, together with Haven Kiers, special projects manager and lecturer for the campus’s landscape architecture program, will represent the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden at this event to provide attendees with resources to “waterwise” their landscapes.

Taylor is an expert on California natives, and low-water, regionally-appropriate plants which he propagates for use throughout campus in addition to making them available to the public at the Friends of the Arboretum and Public Garden’s seasonal plant sale fundraisers. (LEARN MORE about our fall plant sales.)

Haven specializes in green roof design and has spent nearly 10 years teaching students about green roofs and other sustainable design practices including living walls and urban agriculture.

The California Day of Preparedness event is free and features other interactive demonstrations and dynamic displays by dozens of state, local, and federal agencies. For more information visit the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services website.


Assistant Director Feldman appointed to American Public Garden Association board of directors

Photo of Carmia Feldman.In spring of 2014, Assistant Director Carmia Feldman was appointed to the Board of Directors of our national professional organization, the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), as a Director-at-Large. Carmia was also asked to join the Program Selection Committee, so for the next two years, in addition to her board duties, Carmia will be helping to solicit and select presentations for the annual meetings.

Through both of these service roles, Carmia says she is honored to be able to help promote the APGA’s mission, which is to “[advance] Public Gardens as a force for positive change in their communities through national leadership, advocacy and innovation.”

This comes on the heels of Carmia being awarded the “2013 Nonprofit Leader of the Year” award from the California Institute for Biodiversity.

Congratulations Carmia!

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