Sneak Peek event recap

On October 17, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden hosted a California Native Plant Garden “Sneak Preview” for our Downtown Davis Parkway Greening Project partners, donors, and upper-level Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum members.

The event, hosted and generously catered by Whole Foods Market, included a behind-the-scenes tour highlighting the project’s improved connections between campus and downtown Davis as part of the City/Arts GATEway, how the landscape will connect people to the natural history of the region, serve as a learning laboratory for UC Davis students, and showcase sustainable solutions for stormwater management.

Photo of Lucas Frerichs, city council member, speaking about the Downtown Davis Parkway Greening Project and the partnership between the City of Davis and UC Davis to complete the project.

Lucas Frerichs, city council member, speaking about the Downtown Davis Parkway Greening Project and the partnership between the City of Davis and UC Davis to complete the project.

Photo of Stacey Parker, GATEways horticulturist, giving a tour or the rain garden and improved stormwater management feature.

Stacey Parker, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden GATEways horticulturist, points out the new rain garden feature of the Davis Commons Shopping Center parking lot. Guests learn how the feature will improve stormwater management.

All the speakers featured in the brief program highlighted the positive partnership between the City of Davis and campus with Davis City Council Member Lucas Frerichs, UC Davis Vice Chancellor John Meyer, and Assistant Vice Chancellor and Arboretum and Public Garden Director Kathleen Socolofsky, all predicting that the town-gown collaboration on this project was “just the beginning.”

Also noted were the key players from the campus and city—Emily Griswold, director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden GATEways horticulture and teaching gardens, and Ann Burnette, city planner—who worked together see the vision of this university and community resource become a reality.

“Shovel Gateway” artist Chris Fennell charmed the audience when he disclosed his uncertainty that he would be supplied enough used shovels to complete the landmark entry feature, revealed his delight at the overwhelming response, and expressed his appreciation for the community’s interest in his work

FIND OUT MORE
Where is it? Map of site plan
What is it? Downtown Davis Parkway Greening Project posts
Who’s involved? List of Project Partners

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SEE A PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE EVENT

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