Associate director of UC Davis Grounds and Landscape Services honored with award

Posted December 9, 2015

Photo of Cary Avery withwith PGMS past president John Burns.Cary Avery, associate director of grounds and landscape services for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden was honored this past October by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) with their President’s Award.

This honor is given to a member or members who have shown outstanding service and contributions to the Society. PGMS 2014-15 President John Burns recognized Cary’s hard work planning and hosting the School of Grounds Management and Summer Conference that took place this past August on the UC Davis campus (learn more) .

With a focus on water conservation for landscapes and sports fields, Cary and his team provided attendees with top notch education sessions and exclusive behind the scenes tours. Cary was also commended for his dedication to the Society, particularly in regards to the Society’s Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation program (learn more).

Congratulations Cary! If you weren’t so modest I would have posted this sooner!

Learn more:

Conference features campus water conservation expertise
4-out-of-4 star accreditation awarded to UC Davis landscape management operations



Staff leaders honored with diversity and Principles of Community award

Two staff leaders from the Arboretum and Public Garden were honored on May 14, 2015 for their outstanding achievement in furthering equal opportunity and diversity objectives within the UC Davis community. The Soaring to New Heights Awards celebrate leaders whose work epitomizes the UC Davis Principles of Community.

Photo of Cary Avery, Associate Director of Grounds and Landscape Services with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

Cary Avery, Associate Director of Grounds and Landscape Services with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

Cary Avery, Associate Director for our Grounds and Landscape Services division, received a Disability Awareness Award for his efforts to accommodate employees with injuries or disabilities. After working with Cary on multiple occasions, Fredna Karnegas manager from UC Davis Disability Management Services, nominated him for his willingness to make adjustments on behalf of his employees so they could remain in jobs they enjoyed. Cary is a 27-year-long employee at UC Davis who is widely recognized on campus as an exceptional supervisor and mentor.

Elaine Fingerett, Academic Coordinator, received an Individual Award for creating an inclusive, welcoming campus environment through the UC Davis GATEways Initiative’s free public programs. These programs draw thousands of non-traditional learners to campus where they can engage with the rich academic resources of UC Davis while celebrating the nature and culture of Arboretum collections and learning landscapes.

Photo of Elaine Fingerett, Academic Coordinator for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

Elaine Fingerett, Academic Coordinator for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

Beyond academic partnerships, Elaine also supervises 12 student interns, the Arboretum Ambassadors, through our Learning by Leading Initiative. She trains students in leadership, multiculturalism, and environmental education, and mentors them to develop team-based projects that celebrate the geographical and cultural diversity of the plant collections. Elaine’s tireless work ethic and passion have resulted in a legacy of unique educational offerings that inspire and invite future generations of learners to connect with UC Davis.

Congratulations to Cary and Elaine on these well-deserved honors!


Former curator to help conserve 63,000 acres of Bay Area watershed land

Photo of former curator for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, Mia Ingolia.

Mia Ingolia, former curator for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden

After nearly a decade, Mia Ingolia, the Curator and GIS Manager at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, has accepted a new position as a biologist/botanist at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The SFPUC manages 63,000 acres of watershed lands and 210-miles of rights-of-way in three Bay Area counties. These diverse landscapes are home to many federally- and state-listed rare plants and animals.

In her new job in the SFPUC Natural Resources Land Division, Mia is reviewing and revising Habitat Conservation Plans, as well overseeing mitigation and monitoring efforts in riparian, oak woodlands, grasslands, chaparral vegetation across Bay Area watersheds. Mia will also have a special role developing a 3-acre garden—a native plant garden featuring bioregional plants of the watershed— at a SFPUC East Bay Watershed Interpretation Center, now under construction: she is currently preparing planting plans, reviewing plant selections, establishing schedules for seed collection, and reviewing garden designs. In addition, Mia is serving as the technical lead for the design and build of a new native plant nursery.

Although we were all sad to see Mia leave “for greener pastures”, it is wonderful to hear about her new work, ranging from large restoration projects—300,000 new plants at San Antonio Creek!— to small pockets of habitat enhancement—planting native willows around a small pond, and new plantings of lupine to support the Mission Blue Butterfly populations. Meanwhile, we are deeply grateful to our amazing curatorial volunteer yeams that Mia recruited and trained, who will be carrying on the curatorial work of the garden until the new curator is hired.

We will miss you, Mia!

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