Landscaping Mrak Hall Circle

For about five years a large portion of the Mrak Hall Circle landscape sat barren—a large patch of mulch under and around a heritage cork oak tree—next to two mounds of the manicured lawn that is home to Robert Arneson’s egghead sculpture entitled, “Speak no evil, hear no evil.” That all changed on October 30, 2013 when volunteers from the UC Davis Offices of the Chancellor and Provost gathered to landscape the area with staff from the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

Months prior to this community planting, Arboretum and Public Garden team members together with landscape architects from our Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture department, designed the landscape, prepped the area for a new irrigation system, worked with staff, students, and volunteers to install it, and collaborated with a campus landscape architecture instructor to incorporate the project into her class curriculum. CLICK HERE to see photos from this process.

Photo from the Mrak Hall Circle community planting day

Volunteers from the UC Davis Offices of the Chancellor and Provost and staff from the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden help landscape Mrak Hall Circle.

This relatively small campus improvement is a great example of the how, no matter the size, team members from the Arboretum and Public Garden are harnessing the power of collaboration and co-creation to improve our campus; we are educating and engaging our students and community, while simultaneously developing stakeholders that care about the future of UC Davis.

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