On Saturday, October 18, 2014 the UC Davis Arboretum Ambassadors, Bohart Museum of Entomology interns, UC Davis Entomology Club students, students from UC Davis Wild Campus, and Department of Entomology Professor Robbin Thorpe joined forces to facilitate our first annual Nature Discovery Day–an outstanding public program for all ages!
About 50 visitors learned how to capture and identify insects, discovered the hidden world of plant galls, held live walking sticks and Madagascan cockroaches from the Bohart Museum, and indulged in a variety of different arts and crafts including creating pine cone bird feeders and seed bombs!
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.
Newly-constructed and planted, the California Native Plant GATEway Garden fills with native plants, art, and community
Last winter and spring, our newly constructed California Native Plant GATEway Garden (working title), part of our Arts GATEway, teamed with student interns, loyal volunteers, hundreds of community members, as well as Arboretum and Public Garden staff who planted over 25,000 grasses, rushes, sedges, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees—all native to our lower Putah Creek region. It’s amazing to see how the plants have filled in and are thriving, not to mention the new connections created between the City of Davis and our campus!
It’s hard to believe the area used to be primarily a large patch of dirt and weeds! The grant funding and partnerships that came together for all this to happen are amazing and now we can begin to enjoy this new garden! (READ MORE about the background of this project here.)
As always, there’s more to be done. We’re working on completing a new set of interpretive signage, improving our directional signage, and launching more programs for this area. In the meantime, we thought you might like taking a behind-the-scenes look at some of the large and small “green” features of the garden. DOWNLOAD this OVERVIEW, then go for a stroll to see the features in person!
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