In early April this year, staff and volunteers from UC Davis Animal Science and the Arboretum and Public Garden came together to install the landscape, featuring a large number of California natives, in this unique garden. For a photographic history complete with before and after photos of this landscape CHECK OUT OUR PHOTO GALLERY HERE.
We are excited and proud that the plants are thriving this spring, and we thought you’d like to take a look! Check out the brief video below. For more information about the transformation of this space READ MORE here.
Animal Science GATEway Garden: June 2013 from Katie Ferguson Hetrick on Vimeo.
Have you seen the UC Davis Animal Science GATEway Garden? Be sure to stop by when you get a chance to check out the newly-planted beds and to enjoy the peaceful surroundings, that is, if the nearby donkey is not braying!
You may feel as though you are trespassing because there is a gate at the entrance, but it pushes right open to give visitors a closer glimpse of the animals, and, once the interpretive signage is installed, an educational look at the research being conducted here. Take note of the farm equipment re-purposed by creative Animal Science crew members; there’s a bench viewing area created using old wagon wheels, another seating area that makes a squeeze chute look inviting (see photo at the left), planters made from feeding troughs, and a picnic bench fashioned from a hay feeder.
Under the large valley oak at the center of the garden you will find a selection of California natives known to thrive in this tree’s shade. Large sandstone rocks brought in from the upper reaches of Putah Creek provide visual definition and serve to separate the planting areas within the raised beds. As the plants radiate out from the oak you’ll find a mix of selections native to the southwest and high-desert including a variety of grasses typically consumed by domesticated animals raised in these areas.
Notice the lack of landscaping west of the oak tree? That’s a placeholder for a large teaching deck yet to be installed.
We have made lots of progress in the UC Davis Animal Science GATEway Garden. Over the past few months pathways were shaped and paved with decomposed granite; raised planting beds, irrigation and fencing were installed; a bench was created using recycled agricultural materials (see photo above); stone pathways and fence posts were constructed; and defunct concrete irrigation standpipes were given a second life as vessels for container plantings.
In a true collaborative effort, UC Davis Animal Science Farm Crew members, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden team members including staff from Grounds and Landscape Services and Putah Creek and Riparian Reserve, along with student assistants and volunteers have all been hard at work creating a unique space that will serve to showcase UC Davis Animal Science research and societal contributions, in addition to functioning as an outdoor classroom and event space.
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Introduction: UC Davis Animal Science GATEway Garden
Construction begins at the UC Davis Animal Science GATEway Garden