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.)
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.
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.
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