UC Davis Campus Grown, an initiative whose mission is to transform unused assets into retail products designed to support and promote university programs and sustainability goals, has recently launched the Arboretum Collection.
The UC Davis Arboretum holds one of the largest collections of oaks in the United States, including 128 native valley oaks (Quercus lobata) whose majestic, twisted limbs form the backbone of the Arboretum’s plant collections. To commemorate the Arboretum’s signature tree, Nancy Shapiro—metalsmith, jewelry designer and co-president of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum—created the pins and pendants in the UC Davis Campus Grown “Arboretum Collection” from the leaf of an Arboretum-grown tree. Each piece is crafted using the lost wax technique and cast from fair-trade silver.
The “Arboretum Collection” currently includes two types of jewelry—a silver valley oak leaf pin ($42) and a silver valley oak leaf pendant ($48). (Price includes eco-friendly packaging materials.) Supplies for this premiere launch are limited and currently sold exclusively at the UC Davis Store Downtown. Should they sell out, store staff will be taking names and notifying interested customers of new shipments set to arrive in plenty of time before the holiday season.
Retail sales location:
UC Davis Store Downtown
630 Second Street
Davis, CA 95616
Purchases of products in the UC Davis Campus Grown “Arboretum Collection” support the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum whose donations sustain the Arboretum’s innovative education programs and provide for the care, maintenance and growth of the inspiring plant collections.
The UC Davis Store Downtown is also the exclusive retail sales location for UC Davis Campus Grown Salvaged Wood. Discover more about this line of products here.