Ground breaks on the California Native Plant GATEway Garden!

Contractor breaks up parking lot at Davis Commons to make way for a path that will directly connect downtown Davis with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

Contractor breaks up the parking lot at Davis Commons to make way for a path that will directly connect downtown Davis with the UC Davis campus and Putah Creek Parkway.

After two years of careful design and planning, construction on the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s California Native Plant GATEway Garden officially began August 7, 2013!

This garden, part of the Downtown Davis Parkway Greening Project, is currently slated for completion in mid-November. When finished it will be an inviting space and major entry into the campus and Arboretum from downtown. Teaching patios with themed plantings and interpretive signs will educate visitors about regional flora and fauna, inform guests on the “how-tos” for creating sustainable landscapes with native plants, as well as share the history and current management practices of the Putah Creek watershed.

Part of the construction of the California Native Plant GATEways Garden includes a “greening” retrofit of nearby Davis Commons’ parking lot. This part of the project is scheduled for completion in mid-September and, when finished, will include several best practice demonstrations of stormwater infiltration and treatment including permeable pavers, permeable concrete, and a “rain garden” biofiltration feature.

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