We are delighted to honor Alex Stubblefield and Kiely Doherty, two remarkable student leaders, with this year’s Pinkerton Prize Endowment for Outstanding Student Contributions (see below for more information). Both women have been with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden for three years and positively led their teams in creating a wide array of public education programs.
After two years as an Arboretum Ambassador, Alex served as the first student coordinator of the brand new Arboretum GATEways Outreach Program in 2015. Gifted at engaging visitors of all ages and passionate about sustainability, Alex led a team of students and volunteers in creating weekend offerings of eco-friendly, hands-on activities for casual visitors called Nature Discovery Days. Alex is a sustainable agriculture and food systems major.
After joining the Arboretum Ambassador environmental leadership internship in 2012, Kiely served as co-coordinator of the program from 2014-15. As a leader, Kiely inspired great enthusiasm, cooperation, and innovation among her team as they developed a broad array of public programs. Kiely is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in environmental science and management.
Congratulations Alex and Kiely!
The Pinkerton Prize Endowment for Outstanding Student Contributions was created by Deborah Pinkerton (seen above), who worked as a student employee at the UC Davis Arboretum environmental education from 1979 to 1985. She and her husband, Bret Hewitt, continue to add to this endowment in support of the exceptional students at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.
Two staff leaders from the Arboretum and Public Garden were honored on May 14, 2015 for their outstanding achievement in furthering equal opportunity and diversity objectives within the UC Davis community. The Soaring to New Heights Awards celebrate leaders whose work epitomizes the UC Davis Principles of Community.
Cary Avery, Associate Director for our Grounds and Landscape Services division, received a Disability Awareness Award for his efforts to accommodate employees with injuries or disabilities. After working with Cary on multiple occasions, Fredna Karnegas manager from UC Davis Disability Management Services, nominated him for his willingness to make adjustments on behalf of his employees so they could remain in jobs they enjoyed. Cary is a 27-year-long employee at UC Davis who is widely recognized on campus as an exceptional supervisor and mentor.
Elaine Fingerett, Academic Coordinator, received an Individual Award for creating an inclusive, welcoming campus environment through the UC Davis GATEways Initiative’s free public programs. These programs draw thousands of non-traditional learners to campus where they can engage with the rich academic resources of UC Davis while celebrating the nature and culture of Arboretum collections and learning landscapes.
Beyond academic partnerships, Elaine also supervises 12 student interns, the Arboretum Ambassadors, through our Learning by Leading Initiative. She trains students in leadership, multiculturalism, and environmental education, and mentors them to develop team-based projects that celebrate the geographical and cultural diversity of the plant collections. Elaine’s tireless work ethic and passion have resulted in a legacy of unique educational offerings that inspire and invite future generations of learners to connect with UC Davis.
Congratulations to Cary and Elaine on these well-deserved honors!
Many of the roses that were featured at the California Center for Urban Horticulture’s “Rose Weekend” event will be on sale at our plant sale clearance event Saturday, May 16th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Roses will be priced at one for $16 and two for $25 plus an additional 20% off for non-members or 30% off for members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. LEARN MORE about becoming a member.
Taylor Lewis, nursery manager for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, suggests that it is possible to train your roses to be more drought tolerant. His experience with roses and similar types of perennials and shrubs is that taking the time to keep them pruned back during their first summer pays dividends in water savings in the long term.
“Obviously you want roses from your rose bush, but if you want it to get used to receiving less water while it gets established, keep it pruned back this summer,” explains Lewis. “That will signal the roots to expand and explore the soil. Then, when you do water it, water it slowly and deeply. You’ll thank me later!”
To find out what plants, including these roses, we’ll have at this sale, check out our inventory. LEARN MORE.
On May 7, 2015, the UC Davis Arboretum Ambassadors won a gold level–Community Service Award from the UC Davis Community Service Resource Center and a silver level–President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama.
Arboretum Ambassadors, our environmental leadership interns, have provided accessible, free educational outreach programs to the public and K-12 audiences since 2008. Working as a team they design participatory learning experiences that engage the broader community in the Arboretum and improve environmental awareness. They lead community service programs, help with many large-scale planting days and plant sale fundraisers, and produce a wide variety of educational events that typically attract 50-100 participants each. Their work invites many non-traditional learners and families to campus to enjoy high-quality, inspirational educational experiences.
Beyond their positive contributions both inside and outside campus, the Ambassadors have a unique team structure that celebrates leadership and creativity. Each student commits for a year-long internship with professional leadershipo training in ecology, event planning, fundraising, and educational program design. Two co-coordinators are selected each year from the previous year’s team and many students stay for consecutive years. This peer-led approach utilizes experiential learning and leadership training to build 21st century, employable skills. By the end of the year, they are a family and upon graduation, they receive networking and mentorship resources from Ambassador alumni who have gone on to pursue careers in the sciences, arts, and education.
On May 11, 2015, Ellen Zagory, director of public horticulture for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, was featured along with Dr. Eric Mussen, internationally known bee expert and Extension apiculturist at UC Davis, in a radio interview on KALW in San Francisco.
The conversation, which included multiple calls from their audience members, covered efforts to restore pollinator habitats, and how the decline of bees and butterflies affects our food supply and landscapes.
Ellen Zagory, director of public horticulture for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, is featured in Davis Enterprise article dated May 13, 2015, Drought underscores the importance of native plants.
Here is an excerpt:
Hedgerow Farms, located outside of Winters, and the UC Davis Arboretum [and Public Garden] are two plant providers that have noticed changes in gardeners’ tastes as California enters a fourth year of drought.
Plant sales organized by the Friends of the Arboretum [and Public Garden] are drawing big crowds, said Ellen Zagory, director of public horticulture at the Arboretum [and Public Garden].
“We really highlight drought-tolerant plants and gardens,” Zagory said. “Now I get calls every day asking about these plants.”
Zagory explained that many native plants are well suited for drought conditions. Since the bulk of California is dry, native plants tend to adapt to less water, she said.
Native plants also benefit bees, Zagory said, so gardeners may want to help the pollinators that are in a crisis as well.