TUESDAY, NOV. 24 from 4-8 p.m.:
Rescue dog demonstration in Arboretum

Image of signage that will be placed throughout the UC Davis Arboretum notifying visitors of the rescue dog training.

These signs will be placed in the Arboretum to alert our guests of the upcoming rescue dog training.

The California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) and the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club in conjunction with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden will be hosting a demonstration between 4 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24.

During this time, dogs will be searching for “missing persons.” Some of the search dogs will be off lead in order to perform their jobs. CARDA dogs are highly-trained, friendly working dogs. They will all be easily identifiable by a working vest, bell, and light.


During this evening event, if you are walking through the search area, you may have a dog mistake you for our hidden person. If this happens, the dog will run up to you and then return to its handler to alert, and bring its handler back to find you. The dogs our friendly, but if you don’t enjoy canine attention, please avoid the west side of the Arboretum during the above-referenced hours.

While our dogs are trained to ignore other dogs in their search areas, there is a chance that they will interact with your dog. We would highly encourage individuals to walk their dogs in another area for this evening, especially if your dog is uncomfortable with unfamiliar dogs.

Please obey the leash law for the safety of these working dogs so that they may continue to provide this valuable service to our community.

Native American culture the focus of upcoming “Makerspace” program

Photo of children grinding acorns in the UC Davis Arboretum's redwood grove.

Sunday, November 22, 2015 from 1-3 p.m. at the UC Davis Arboretum’s Wyatt Deck, students from the Arboretum’s “Learning by Leading” internship program have put together a very special opportunity for participants of all ages to learn more about plants and Native American culture.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the historical significance of dreamcatchers and drums
    and create them;
  • Grind acorns and learn about their many uses in Native American culture;
  • Learn about other edibles and plant one into an up-cycled water bottle planter; and,
  • Play Native American games

This event is FREE and great for all ages!

About the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Learning by Leading program:
Because we believe in the fundamental premise that students learn best by leading we offer the campus landscape as a living laboratory where students can develop critical skills in sustainable horticulture, ecological restoration, and environmental education.

Students lead landscape improvements along west end of Arboretum waterway

Photo of UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Learning by Leading Students planting the west end of the Arboretum's waterway.

Learning by Leading students (left to right) Hunter Stapp, Hannah Ulansey, Katie Pierce, Naftali Moed and Jacqueline Chou (not pictured: Betty Lee) plant the west end of the Arboretum’s waterway with plants reflective of a natural riparian landscape. Arboretum and Public Garden staff Andrew Fulks (second from right) and Emily Griswold (far right), approve the design.

The bare banks of the west-end portion of Arboretum’s waterway is receiving a new landscape thanks to students participating in the Arboretum and Public Garden’s “Learning by Leading” Habitat Restoration and Naturalized Lands Management Program.

This team, led by student co-coordinators Hannah Ulansey and Naftali Moed, worked with Arboretum and Public Garden Assistant Director Andrew Fulks and Director of GATEways Horticulture Emily Griswold to identify and approve the project. The students proposed the design, coordinated the delivery of plant materials and irrigation supplies, and went to work planting the area Monday, November 9, 2015.  All the plants were grown from local materials collected by the Putah Creek Council.

The new landscaping includes cottonwood, valley oak, and willow trees as well as a mixture of shrubs and grasses selected as an extension of the Arboretum’s nearby Yolo County riparian collection. The project is planned for completion by the end of November 2015.

About the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Learning by Leading program:
Because we believe in the fundamental premise that students learn best by leading we offer the campus landscape as a living laboratory where students can develop critical skills in sustainable horticulture, ecological restoration, and environmental education.


Volunteers swap plants

Photo of Judy Hills at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden volunteer plant swap.

Judy Hills, volunteer with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, displays her plants for fellow volunteers to take home and enjoy. Judy propagated over 170 plants for the plant swap.

Friday, November 6, 2014 we hosted our first ever volunteer plant swap!

What’s a volunteer plant swap? It’s an organized plant exchange where our dedicated volunteers can share the plants they love and propagate at home with one another.

Organized by the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden board president Martha Rehrman and treasurer Terry Davison, the plant swap took place at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery and featured a variety of plants from succulents and Aztec lilies to a wide array of houseplants.

Participants were asked to label all their potted plants with the plant name, size and flower color. They also could also offer all things plant related from bulbs, cuttings, and divisions of large clumps like agapanthus, bamboo, or society garlic to gardening supplies including tools and containers.

A huge thank you goes to volunteer Judy Hills who was kind enough to bring over 170 plants for her fellow volunteers to take home and enjoy.

We hope to offer another plant swap for our volunteers next fall. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, we will be recruiting more volunteers in January 2016.  Keep your eyes peeled for that information in upcoming communications.


Check out our line at Trader Joe’s!

Photo of the Arboretum check out line at Trader Joe's in Davis.

Next time you patronize Trader Joe’s in Davis, “check out” the Arboretum’s check out line! It’s quite an honor to be featured with other campus icons like Freeborn Hall and the Memorial Union!

Thank you Trader Joe’s!

IN THE NEWS: Fall is time to replace lawns, gardens with water-wise plants

Photo of Stacey Parker planting her front yard with help from Ellen Zagory.

Stacey Parker, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden GATEways horticulturist, plants her front yard with help from Ellen Zagory, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden director of public horticulture. Stacey started the process of removing her front yard in the spring and began planting with low-water plants in the fall.

Originally appeared in the Davis Enterprise November 6, 2015

By Ann Filmer

If you allowed your lawn to die this summer to save water, now is the time to replace it with water-wise landscape plants, say landscape specialists from UC Davis.

Autumn, with its cooler weather and anticipated winter rains, is the best time in most areas of California for landscape planting.

“Fall is the best time of year to plant,” said Loren Oki, a statewide Cooperative Extension landscape specialist in the department of plant Sciences at UCD. “Many people think spring is the optimum time for landscape planting in California, but it’s better to plant in fall when there is more soil moisture and mild temperatures for several months. This allows roots to grow and expand before summer heat and dry conditions occur, which is stressful for new plants.”

One consideration in plant selection is the water needs of the plants.

“On average, half of residential water use in California is for landscapes,” said Dave Fujino, director of the California Center for Urban Horticulture at UCD. “Managing your irrigation system is one of the keys to landscape water conservation.”

Fujino advises doing some up-front work to help save water: Check your system for leaks, use matching sprinkler nozzles (manufacturer and type), ensure that irrigation water pressure matches sprinkler manufacturer’s nozzle/emitter recommendation, and learn how to program your irrigation controller.

Specific planting recommendations vary based on individual tastes, budgets and climates, but basic steps include:
* Select drought-tolerant plants that will do well in your garden. Consider soil type, water needs, light and shade factors, and winter and summer temperature extremes.
* Choose plants that meet your gardening needs. For instance, perhaps you want plants that attract birds, bees or other wildlife. Your retail nursery, local Master Gardeners or the websites listed below can provide information.
* Group plants according to water and other microclimate needs.

Arboretum All-Stars
One of the best starting places for selecting water-wise plants is the Arboretum All-Stars website (http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/arboretum_all_stars.aspx) developed by the Arboretum and Public Garden at UCD.

“Arboretum All-Stars are 100 plants we have identified which do well in the hot interior of California and tolerate the boron and bicarbonates in water that make it hard to grow some plants,” said Ellen Zagory, public horticulture director at the UCD Arboretum. “There is a wide selection of plants that grow well in California heat and are low water users.”

Zagory stresses five steps for establishing new plants in drought-tolerant gardens:
* Plant in the fall when the weather cools and the rains are expected.
* Water deeply and frequently for the first summer season.
* Distribute irrigation water evenly.
* Reduce irrigation frequency the second summer.
* Cover the soil with organic mulch to reduce evapotranspiration.

The All-Star plants have been field tested by Oki, San Joaquin County Cooperative Extension adviser Karrie Reid, and other researchers. Fujino has worked with wholesale and retail nurseries in California to make the plants available to the public.

In addition to the Arboretum All-Stars, the Arboretum has customized plant lists, such as “The New Front Yard,” featuring region-appropriate plants that save water and support wildlife, and “Durable Delights,” which are tough and heat-tolerant plants for sustainable landscapes.

“Before winter sets in and soils are too wet for planting, enjoy the respite from summer heat and start planting your drought-tolerant garden,” Oki said.

Additional information:
* Drought and gardening resources: http://bit.ly/1LH2fjl
* Landscaping resources during drought:http://ccuh.ucdavis.edu/drought

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