Guess the weight of the Arboretum and Public Garden staff?

Guess the Weight Image“Guess the weight” photos have become a tradition at the UC Davis Thank Goodness for Staff (TGFS) picnic each May.

This year the photo features quite a few UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden staff in addition to our iconic Shovel Gateway Sculpture, part of the Arboretum GATEway Garden that links our campus to downtown Davis. LEARN MORE.

Thank you to our Staff Assembly and its chair Lina Layiktez for organizing this fun opportunity! UC Davis staff interested in “guessing the weight,” swing by the Guess the Weight booth at the TGFS picnic on May 7 and submit your best guess for the total weight of the 39 UC Davis staff featured in the picture and the 400+ used shovels collected to create the vine-inspired gateway.


Sunday, May 3 from 1-3 p.m.: YOU’RE INVITED to the Arboretum GATEway Garden community dedication event


Arboretum GATEway Garden Community Festival


YOU ARE INVITED to a FREE community festival to dedicate our newest garden, the Arboretum GATEway Garden!

DATE: Sunday, May 3
TIME: 1–3 p.m. (dedication ceremony 1:30-1:45 p.m.)
PLACE: Arboretum GATEway Garden MAP

The beautiful new garden at the east end of the Arboretum is a connection point between the UC Davis campus and the City of Davis, showcasing local native plants.

Come explore how the Arboretum GATEway Garden is celebrating our local heritage, strengthening community connections, and building a sustainable future.

  • Try hands-on activities
  • Take guided tours
  • Enjoy student and community performances
  • Discover how the garden was designed and constructed
  • Learn how students, partners, and volunteers are making the garden a vibrant destination for community engagement
  • Enjoy music and refreshments

THANK YOU to the generous funders, community partners, and many volunteers who helped make this project possible. LEARN MORE.

The Arboretum GATEway Garden is adjacent to the Davis Commons Shopping Center parking lot. We encourage you to walk or bike. Parking is available downtown or in nearby campus visitor parking lots.

Click through photos of the Arboretum GATEway Garden and its evolution below.

Museum pops up in Arboretum on Nature Discovery Day

Photo from the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden's "Nature DIscovery Day"

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!



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