Monthly specials for members from Davis Ace Hardware

Davis Ace Hardware offers members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden a 10% discount on their inventory of Arboretum All-Star plants in addition to monthly discounts on a variety of beneficial gardening products. We hope you’ll be able to take advantage of these August through October 2015 specials!

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Davis Ace Hardware discounts for Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden

Sunset Magazine includes the UC Davis Arboretum in beautiful botanical garden tour

Image of Sunset Magazine cover.Sunset Magazine, our region’s popular “guide to living in the west,” has included the UC Davis Arboretum in the popular travel section of its website in an article entitled “15 beautiful botanical gardens: tour the West’s best blooming spaces from San Francisco to Salt Lake City.”

CHECK OUT our listing here or SEE ALL 15 here!

There’s so many people to thank for getting us to this level–donors (including our own university), Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden members, volunteers, faculty, staff, students, visitors, and more! It’s so nice to be able to receive this recognition from such a well-respected publication!


Arboretum All-Stars named “Best of the City”

Image of cover of Sactown magazine featuring Arboretum All-Stars.Sactown‘s June/July cover article features the “Best of the City” and includes our own Arboretum All-Stars as one of the magazine’s “…latest, greatest collection of people, places and things that deserve some serious hometown love.”

We think so too!

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Fine Gardening feature on unusual autumn stars

Image of cover of July 2015 Fine Gardening magazine.The October 2015 issue of Fine Gardening magazine feature’s our own Director of Public Horticulture Ellen Zagory and her “Unusual Autumn Star” regional plant picks for northern California.

Learn more about her four plant picks: ‘Marina’ strawberry tree, giant sea squill, pine muhly, and shrubby hare’s ear.

DOWNLOAD the article here.



Oak grove featured in California Bountiful magazine

Image of cover of California Bountiful magazine featuring the Arboretum's oak grove.California Bountiful magazine, a publication that promotes connections between farm and city, often features towns and locations that are hidden gems.

The July/August 2015 issue features our own Peter J. Shields Oak Grove as a place visitors can stay cool during the heat of summer with a mobile-friendly, self-guided walking tour.

Check it out–scroll to the bottom of the page linked here.

Download the print article.



Sea of Cortez memorial site relocated to Arboretum’s East Asian Collection

Photo of the new location of the campus's Sea of Cortez memorial.

Our campus’s Sea of Cortez memorial has moved from a site on the west end of the Arboretum to this location on Lake Spafford.

Image of program from the "Celebration of Lives" of the 5 scientists who lost their lives in the Sea of Cortez while on a research mission.

The five scientists lives memorialized in this garden include Gary Polis, internationally renowned scorpion expert, ecologist and, chair of the UC Davis Department of Environmental Science and Policy; Michael Rose, a postgraduate researcher in the UC Davis Department of Environmental Science and Policy; Tayuya Abe, Kyoto University professor of animal ecology and an expert in termite biology; Masahiko Higashi, Kyoto University professor and Japan’s premier theoretical ecologist and biologist; and, Shigeru Nakano, Kyoto University community ecologist studying land- and water-based food chains.

On March 27, 2000 a tragic boating accident on the Sea of Cortez claimed the lives of two UC Davis researchers and three visiting scientists from Kyoto University in Japan.

In 2001, a small garden and five trees commemorating the lives of these scientists were planted in an Arboretum garden near Putah Creek Lodge, but the soil’s low pH and high boron levels made it difficult for the plants to thrive.

Photo of UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden student Jonathan Su taking soil samples for testing.

Jonathan Su, student staff with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, takes soil samples to send for testing prior to relocating this memorial.

In June 2015 the memorial was replanted with the help of staff, students, and volunteers near Mrak Hall on iconic Lake Spafford in the heart of the Arboretum. Not only is this area higher profile, its location within the Arboretum’s East Asian Collection just across the water from our Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants, is ideally situated to honor both the Japanese and UC Davis researchers. The boulder that holds the site’s naming plaque will also be relocated this fall.

Plant list:

  • Acer macrophyllum, big leaf maple
  • Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow’, Japanese barberry
  • Ceratostigma griffithii, Chinese plumbago
  • Euonymous fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’, wintercreeper
  • Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’, maidenhair tree
  • Hemerocallis ‘Cranberry Baby’, dwarf red daylily
  • Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’, Oregon grape
  • Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’, Japanese silver grass
  • Nandina ‘Harbour Dwarf’, heavenly bamboo
  • Pittosporum tobira ‘Cream de Mint’, dwarf mock orange


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