Master planning session with Dr. Peter Raven

Mary Burke and Dr. Peter Raven

Mary Burke, Director of Planning and Collections for the UC Davis Arboretum and Dr. Peter Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden


Dr. Peter Raven is one of the world’s leaders in botanical research and conservation. Mary Burke, Director of Planning and Collections at the UC Davis Arboretum, has collaborated with Dr. Peter Raven on several projects and was able to help schedule his visit to UC Davis in partnership with the College of Biological Sciences.

As Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, widely held to be one of top three public gardens in the world, Dr. Peter Raven well understands how public gardens can serve as the bridge between scientists and the community. Through his insights and experiences, he will inspire our staff and stakeholders with the possibilities for what our campus landscape can be. He can also provide practical guidance on shaping and focusing our vision of the university campus as an innovative and transformative model for public gardens.

As UC Davis extends concepts developed in the Arboretum over 75 years to the entire campus, we are thrilled to benefit from the guidance of an expert with close ties to northern California and to our own campus.







































In the News






Thanks to Dave Jones of University Communications for the following Dateline articles:

Campus in transition to academically-oriented public garden
“UC Davis’ Public Garden Initiative is gaining national attention from such luminaries as Peter Raven, the internationally respected botanist, president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden and a recipient of the National Medal of Science…” Click here to read full article.>>>

GIS assists Raven in coming here to give lecture
” Thanks in part to GIS, Peter H. Raven is finding his way to UC Davis next week to deliver a Storer Lecture. The life sciences lectureship committee first invited the botanist nearly 30 years ago…” Click here to read full article.>>>


Dr. Raven will also be giving a lecture as part of the Storer Lecture series sponsored by the College of Biological Sciences on Wednesday, January 18th. This lecture is open to the public. Click here for more details.


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