Instagrammers in the Arboretum

meet me at the arboretumSince the earliest days of Instagram, people have been meeting up to take photos and videos together. As the community has grown around the world, so too has the occurrence of InstaMeets: gatherings of people coming together to connect, explore, and celebrate creativity.

Last Sunday, March 22, 2015 an “InstaMeet” took place in the Arboretum. About 30 people from all over the region met in the Arboretum’s redwood grove then slowly, but surely, made their way out to the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden for sunset, all the while capturing images and unique perspectives of the Arboretum along the way.

This particular InstaMeet was organized by UC Davis Associate Professor of Communication, Nicholas Palomares (Find him on Instagram: @nikpalomares) Everyone had a great time exploring our gardens and remarking at the beauty of our campus. Please enjoy some of the photos and perspectives from this day as captured by amateurs and social media influencers alike.

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Find low-water plants with updated WUCOLS database

Photo of California fuchsia in the Mary Wattis Brown Collection of California Native Plants.

Thanks to the UC Davis California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH), which secured funding from multiple industry partners as well as the California Department of Water Resources, there’s an online resource that is a quick way to learn more about water needs of plants sold by nurseries throughout the state of California. It’s called WUCOLS, which stands for Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (

Because only about 1% of plants have been scientifically researched to determine their exact water needs, the WUCOLS list incorporates the extensive field knowledge of 36 horticulturists from throughout the state whose experience has allowed them to evaluate the water use of over 3,500 plants; this knowledge is now documented within the fourth edition of the WUCOLS online database.

Once you start digging around this list we think you’ll find a multitude of low-water plants that you’ve never heard of, but will want to try.


UC Davis named “Tree Campus USA” for the seventh year in a row

Photo of UC Davis Mrak Mall.

UC Davis has been named “Tree Campus USA” for the seventh year in a row by the Arbor Day Foundation!

The Tree Campus USA program recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their campus trees, develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy urban forests, and strive to engage their student population utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus, and community forestry efforts.

What does it take to be named a “Tree Campus USA”?

  • Campus Tree Advisory Committee
  • Campus Tree Care Plan
  • Campus Tree Program with Dedicated Annual Expenditures
  • Arbor Day Observance
  • Service Learning Project

Congratulations to our Grounds and Landscape Services team for taking care of our trees and keeping them a priority for our campus and the environment!

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