Visit the UC Davis Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center

Photo of grand opening of the UC Davis Horticulture Innovation Lab.

Attendees at the UC Davis Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center’s grand opening learn about technologies useful to small holder farmers in developing countries. Here a UC Davis student explains the technology used to move irrigation water into the raised vegetable bed.

originally posted on October 23, 2015

Visit the newest UC Davis GATEways Project site — the UC Davis Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center — a place where students, faculty, and staff can test new horticultural tools and demonstrate best practices for growing fruits and vegetables, particularly those helpful to small-scale farmers in developing countries.

FIND IT on the campus map.

What you will find there now:

• CoolBot — designed by an American farmer the CoolBot chills small rooms at reduced costs and is an effective way to cool produce fresh from the fields.
• Solar Dryer – a chimney solar dryer that quickly dehydrates food which reduces food waste and extends its shelf life
• Raised planting beds that contain examples of fruits and vegetables that can be grown in household gardens in Asia and Africa.
• More information about all that the Horticulture and Innovation Lab does to help small farmers around the world.

LEARN MORE about the Horticulture Innovation Lab.

REVIEW some of the interpretive signage (Adobe Acrobat .pdf)

The UC Davis GATEways Project is a campus-wide initiative developed by the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden to showcase the academic strengths of UC Davis, inspire life-long learning and engage with the local community.

SEE PHOTOS from the grand opening event

UC Davis Animal Science GATEway Garden completed

Photo from within the UC Davis Animal Science GATEway Garden

Posted on 9/28/15

Over the past few years a small piece of our campus quietly evolved from an underutilized area to a rustic, inviting, and educational showcase featuring the diverse research and teaching programs of the UC Davis Department of Animal Science. (FIND IT on the CAMPUS MAP.)

Detail photo of the UC Davis Animal Science GATEway Garden entrance.

Steel animal silhouettes mark the entryway of the UC Davis Animal Science GATEway Garden. Visitors can find this garden just north of the Arboretum’s Southwest U.S. / Mexican collection.

The newly completed UC Davis Animal Science GATEway Garden—the result of a collaboration between the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden—was designed by landscape architecture student and intern in the Arboretum and Public Garden’s Learning by Leading program John Gainey, who, along with Animal Science’s farm crew, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden staff, and a collection of volunteers across our campus and community, completed the project in spring 2015.

Visitors can find this lovely and inviting space just north of the Arboretum’s Southwest U.S./Mexican collection where new pathways lead directly to a welcoming visitor gate lined with the steel animal silhouettes flanking the University of California’s heritage livestock brand.  Beyond the gate, guests are welcomed to linger at the horse viewing area, a variety of outdoor seating and study spaces, and learn from a series of integrated interpretive signs that highlight Animal Science research and programs.

The space makes efficient use of campus resources by incorporating redwood planks from campus-grown trees that needed to be removed for health or safety reasons and by up-cycling equipment from UC Davis’ rich agricultural history into creative seating areas.

jPhoto of the horse viewing area within the UC Davis Animal Science GATEway Garden

Visitors are welcome to view horses in this garden from a bench made of upcycled agricultural equipment by the Animal Science department’s farm crew.

Funding for this garden would not be possible without support from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, a Stuart Foundation grant, a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which helped fund irrigation improvements to the nearby Southwest U.S. collection.

CLICK HERE to find it on the CAMPUS MAP

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Festival to celebrate new garden and community connections

Community Festival at the Arboretum GATEway Garden

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Date: Sunday, May 3
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Place: Arboretum GATEway Garden MAP

A shovel sculpture that has quickly become a local icon, gorgeous murals that pay homage to the importance of oaks, fields of tens of thousands of water-wise plants native to this specific area—these are just a few of the attractions you may have noticed emerging out of a formerly barren field behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center.

How did this once orphaned area become what is now the UC Davis Arboretum GATEway Garden? The answer is simple and at the same time incredibly involved; it took a community.

In celebration of the effort of multiple groups and individuals coming together to create this new outdoor, educational space and much needed connection point between the city and campus, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is inviting the public to a community festival and official dedication of their newest garden this Sunday from 1-3 p.m. (Dedication ceremony from 1:30-1:45 p.m.)

At the festival, attendees will be welcomed to enjoy a variety of activities including guided and self-guided tours, nature-inspired craft-making, singing and theatrical performances by students and community members, in addition to opportunities to speak with staff and volunteers about the “hyper-local” landscape, built-in sustainability features, garden design, and our community’s involvement in its creation.

Photo of shovel sculpture dedication.

Our region donated over 400 shovels to create the vine-inspired entry to the Arboretum GATEway Garden. Here former Mayor Joe Kravoza leads the public art dedication ceremony in October 2013.

“It’s safe to say that anywhere you look in the Arboretum GATEway Garden, there’s a story about how our community came together to create it,” explains Kathleen Socolofsky, assistant vice chancellor and director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

“Over 400 shovels were donated by individuals and groups to create our entry sculpture, local artists and community members designed and painted the bike tunnel mural, hundreds of volunteers planted the tens of thousands of plants growing here—this place is a testament to the power of collaboration and co-creation inherent in our community and what we strive to infuse in every project we’re involved in. It’s so unique and worth commemorating with a festival!”

Photo of UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden volunteers.

Students, staff, and hundreds of volunteers helped install over 25,000 native plants in this garden. Now, the Arboretum and Public Garden’s regular volunteers maintain the area.

The groups involved range from individual donors and hundreds of volunteers to the City of Davis, the campus Office of the Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, Yolo County Resource Conservation District, Cunningham Engineering, PG&E, TreeDavis, Fulcrum Capital, the City of Davis Civic Arts Commission, City of Davis Open Space and Habitat Commission, Lutsko Associates Landscape Architects, as well as the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. A California Prop. 84 Urban Greening Grant served as a major catalyst for the project and funded many of the improvements to the garden and adjacent Putah Creek Parkway.

With so many moving pieces and groups with a stake in improving the area it’s no wonder it sat vacant for so long, that is until Emily Griswold, director of GATEways horticulture and teaching gardens for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, developed a vision for what the space could be then had the tenacity to get it funded and see it through.

“As a university with leading environmental studies programs, it made sense that we should have an area where we demonstrate some of the most environmentally sound practices in urban landscaping like the restoration of locally native habitats, the use of recycled and repurposed materials, the incorporation of green storm water management systems, and more,” describes Griswold. “It speaks to our core values at the university as well as to the history of the Arboretum.

“But, even if you miss all the environmental significance, and community contributions, it’s just a nice place to stroll around and start your journey into the rest of the Arboretum, or move seamlessly from the campus into the City,” says Griswold. “We needed to improve our connection in this location, now, thanks to so many partners, we finally have a welcoming, beautiful gateway. Let’s celebrate it!”

MORE details about the event
ARTICLES about the Arboretum GATEway Garden


About the UC Davis GATEways Initiative

The UC Davis GATEways Initiative (Gardens, Arts, Technology and the Environment) is a master planning framework for the Arboretum & Public Garden that envisions the campus landscape as a portal into the campus, to welcome visitors and showcase the creative work and spirit of inquiry at UC Davis.

With the GATEways Initiative, the Arboretum & Public Garden will continue its work as a national leader in the public garden field, but it will also adopt a new mission: to inform visitors about the important ideas and complex issues UC Davis scientists and scholars are tackling. We are working with campus and community partners to develop multi-layered learning experiences that will use teaching landscapes, public arts, exhibits, digital technologies, and interactions with students to engage and inspire visitors.

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