5 REASONS (AND COUNTING): Why we hope you will support the Arboretum on May 5th during our region’s Big Day of Giving


Photo of UC Davis Landscape Architecture students with their vertical garden project.

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden collaborates with our academic programs to provide students with opportunities to learn from and shape their own environments. Here students from a UC Davis Landscape Architecture class have created a low-water, vertical garden that demonstrates a creative, beautiful, and efficient way to add plant diversity into a small space.

Below is a list of five reasons we’ve put together that we hope will inspire you to support the Arboretum during our region’s Big Day of Giving on May 5th.  We’d also like to hear from you to help us add to the list!

  1. You love the Arboretum!
  2. You never have to pay to get in! We’re  community-supported, free, and open 24/7.  The “Big Day of Giving” is an easy way for you to give back!
  3. Your gift helps us create and sustain our public learning landscapes and amazing free family programs that inspire our community to help people and environments thrive!
  4. The University provides critical support but a large portion of our annual funding comes from the community from people just like you.
  5. The next time you enjoy yourself in the Arboretum, a warm feeling of pride will wash over you because you are helping keep this place alive!

Tell us why you love and support the Arboretum! Visit us on social media to share your story. Use #GiveBigDoG so we’ll be sure to find it.

Guess the weight of the Arboretum and Public Garden staff?

Guess the Weight Image“Guess the weight” photos have become a tradition at the UC Davis Thank Goodness for Staff (TGFS) picnic each May.

This year the photo features quite a few UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden staff in addition to our iconic Shovel Gateway Sculpture, part of the Arboretum GATEway Garden that links our campus to downtown Davis. LEARN MORE.

Thank you to our Staff Assembly and its chair Lina Layiktez for organizing this fun opportunity! UC Davis staff interested in “guessing the weight,” swing by the Guess the Weight booth at the TGFS picnic on May 7 and submit your best guess for the total weight of the 39 UC Davis staff featured in the picture and the 400+ used shovels collected to create the vine-inspired gateway.


Sunday, May 3 from 1-3 p.m.: YOU’RE INVITED to the Arboretum GATEway Garden community dedication event


Assistant director responds to questions about the Governer’s mandate on water restrictions

Photo of Andrew Fulks recording his interview for KQED radio.

Andrew Fulks takes questions from KQED radio in San Francisco at our campus studio.

Andrew Fulks, assistant director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, was featured on KQED radio April 2, 2015 in an interview about the Governor’s mandate on water restrictions, the university’s response, and what homeowners can do to prepare.


Do you love the Arboretum? Join us TODAY!


CLICK HERE to GIVE on May 5th 

What it is…

May 5th is our region’s BIG Day of Giving, a 24-hour online giving challenge for the entire community.   The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, along with 500+ other local non-profits, will be asking you to support what you value and love.

Last year, support from generous donors during Big Day of Giving helped us expand our FREE public programs in the Arboretum.  This year we want to do even more and have set a goal to raise $12,000 in one day!

Why give?

Our learning landscapes and student leaders are having an IMPACT by connecting people with plants, inspiring action through teaching about water-conserving gardening and empowering children and adults to be environmental stewards.

Here are 5 REASONS to give…and counting.  Tell us about your reason!

How can I give?

  • On May 5th, starting at 12:00 a.m. midnight for 24 hours until 11:59 p.m., visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu and click the Big Day of Giving button to donate
  • Gifts start at $25.
  • All donations are made via a secure online site.

Help us win incentive prizes… you may get a prize, too!

We’ll be competing with other non-profits to win bonus cash prizes to boost the giving total.  Plus we’re offering special thank you gifts to our donors who give during Big Day of Giving.  Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

What else can I do to help?

  • “Like” us on Facebook
  • “Follow” us on Twitter  and include ‪#‎BigDoG2015‬ in your tweets about the event
  • “Follow” us on Instagram
  • Share this event with your family and friends through social media.  Ask people in your network to show their love for the Arboretum, too, by giving on May 5.

Thank you!

Former curator to help conserve 63,000 acres of Bay Area watershed land

Photo of former curator for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, Mia Ingolia.

Mia Ingolia, former curator for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden

After nearly a decade, Mia Ingolia, the Curator and GIS Manager at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, has accepted a new position as a biologist/botanist at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The SFPUC manages 63,000 acres of watershed lands and 210-miles of rights-of-way in three Bay Area counties. These diverse landscapes are home to many federally- and state-listed rare plants and animals.

In her new job in the SFPUC Natural Resources Land Division, Mia is reviewing and revising Habitat Conservation Plans, as well overseeing mitigation and monitoring efforts in riparian, oak woodlands, grasslands, chaparral vegetation across Bay Area watersheds. Mia will also have a special role developing a 3-acre garden—a native plant garden featuring bioregional plants of the watershed— at a SFPUC East Bay Watershed Interpretation Center, now under construction: she is currently preparing planting plans, reviewing plant selections, establishing schedules for seed collection, and reviewing garden designs. In addition, Mia is serving as the technical lead for the design and build of a new native plant nursery.

Although we were all sad to see Mia leave “for greener pastures”, it is wonderful to hear about her new work, ranging from large restoration projects—300,000 new plants at San Antonio Creek!— to small pockets of habitat enhancement—planting native willows around a small pond, and new plantings of lupine to support the Mission Blue Butterfly populations. Meanwhile, we are deeply grateful to our amazing curatorial volunteer yeams that Mia recruited and trained, who will be carrying on the curatorial work of the garden until the new curator is hired.

We will miss you, Mia!

UC Davis landscape operations featured in Facilities Manager magazine

Photo of staff with PGMS accreditation award

Tyson Mantor, supervisor; Nelson Randolph, supervisor; and, Cary Avery, associate director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s grounds and landscape services division receive the UC Davis campus accreditation award from Joe Jackson, recently retired facilities director from Duke University and head of the  a Professional Grounds Management Society accreditation program.

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s grounds and landscape services team was featured in the March/April 2015 issue of Facilities Manager magazine’s “Advancing Sustainability” issue.

Image from the Facilities Manager magazine article.

Page from the Facilities Manager magazine article.

The article, entitled “PGMS Offers Landscape Management Accreditation,” highlights our team’s recent 4-out-of-4 star accreditation by the Professional Grounds Management Society, more about the accreditation requirements, and why it is an important part of evaluating an organizations best practices.

“We’re proud to have been an early adopter of this accreditation program and promoting its value to other colleges and universities,” states Cary Avery, associate director of grounds and landscape services for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

DOWNLOAD the full article. Click here.

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