Bill Jordan, the person who coined the term “restoration ecology,” and one of the founders of the modern discipline of restoration, will be giving a FREE PUBLIC LECTURE as part of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s “Thought Leader Series.”
“The Science and Art of Saving the Planet”
Director, New Academy for Nature and Culture
Sponsored by the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden
and the John Muir Institute for the Environment
Who should attend?
Anyone interested in finding out more about how environmental restoration practices—the attempt to guide damaged ecosystems back to a previous, usually more natural condition—can truly be integrated into the everyday life of local people and local communities.
Jordan is engaging the UC Davis community in a conversation about developing a new environmentalism capable of providing the means for negotiating a healthy, sustainable relationship between humans and the rest of nature. Building on the deep need for people to have a “strong engagement with nature,” Bill Jordan is exploring a range of practices—practical, scientific, artistic, therapeutic, and spiritual—that recognize the challenge of helping people orient themselves towards nature, heal themselves, and help build stronger, richer communities while restoring local landscapes.
As director of the New Academy for Nature and Culture and Co-director of DePaul University’s Institute for Nature and Culture, Jordan is guiding new ambitious programs of research, education and public participation that will provide leadership in the urgent task of setting environmentalism on a new course during the critical decade just ahead.
Caryl Yasko, nationally-recognized muralist, is gathering community design ideas for a mural located in a high-traffic bike and pedestrian throughway connecting Putah Creek Parkway in south Davis with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.
Caryl Yasko, nationally-recognized muralist, came to the right place if she’s looking for opinions. She’s been commissioned, through a grant funded by PG&E and obtained by the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, to create a mural that will become part of the public art collection for the City of Davis.
This is the first of three community art projects that the public will have the opportunity to help create–in addition to this mural there’s a “street mural” planned for the intersection at Fourth and K Streets as well as “art benches” planned for along newly-restored Putah Creek Parkway. It’s all a result of the Community Built Association conference taking place in Davis in early April.
The goals of this project, located in a high-traffic bike and pedestrian throughway connecting Putah Creek Parkway in south Davis with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s newly-constructed California Native Plant GATEway Garden, are numerous—to beautify the environment, to unite two recently-improved areas, to pay homage to the history of the land, the creek, and California flora, and last, but not least, to infuse that certain “je ne sais quoi” for which Davis is known.
It’s a tall order, but Yasko’s specialty is working with communities to help them express their voices.
“Art should be available to everyone,” says Yasko. “My approach as an artist is to serve as a facilitator and make it possible for communities to create their own unique art.”
In order to make this happen, Yasko, in collaboration with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, is holding multiple forums where members of the public can brainstorm and develop a theme for the mural. They are also invited to draw, but organizers don’t want that aspect to discourage anyone from participating.
“I only invite participants to draw using the eight elements of line—light, dark, short, think, thin curved and straight,” explains Yasko.“In this environment, lack of formal art training is never bad.”
“We are excited to be hosting Caryl and collaborating with our community on another project,” states Emily Griswold, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden head of GATEways horticulture and organizer for this event. “This process fits perfectly with our history of collaboration and co-creation.”
Which session(s) should you attend? You are welcome by organizers to attend all nine, or if you have opinions and ideas about what story the mural should tell, attend a theme development workshop. If you are more interested in exploring the artistic qualities of the mural, attend the design development workshops. Interested in checking out the mural’s location and meeting the artist for a few minutes? RSVP for a drop-in session.
Register of any or all of these events via the UC Davis Arboretum website: arboretum.ucdavis.edu. Upon registration you will be kept informed of any event updates by email.
Theme Development Workshops: Brainstorming and Content Development
Refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market Davis
- Wed., February 19 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. REGISTER HERE
- Wed., February 19 from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. REGISTER HERE
- Wed., February 19 from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. REGISTER HERE
Design Development Workshops: Group Drawing and Composition Activities
Refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market Davis
- Thurs., February 20 from 9 a.m. – noon REGISTER HERE
- Thurs., February 20 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. REGISTER HERE
- Fri., February 21 from 9 a.m. – noon REGISTER HERE
- Fri., February 21 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. REGISTER HERE
Design Drop-in Sessions: Information conversions and activities with the artist on site
Refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market Davis
Like to paint? Yasko doesn’t just want your ideas. Community members and attendees of the Community Built Association conference will be invited to finalize the project in perpetuity at the end of March and beginning of April. Stay tuned!
THE NEW FRONT YARD:
Prepare your landscape for long-term water conservation with attractive, drought-t0lerant, easy-care, region-appropriate plants including a large selection of California natives and Arboretum All-Stars.
Note: You must be a member of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum or the Davis Botanical Society to attend this sale.
Not a member? Join at the door! All members receive 10% off their purchases and new members will also receive an additional $10 off. The benefits of membership far outweigh your cost! FIND OUT MOREabout becoming a member of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum here!
What else will you find?
- Member appreciation gift: $10 off your purchase at check-out
- 10% off your plant sale purchases
- Live music
- Children’s activities
- Arboretum experts
- Free parking
- Purchase loading assistance
- Outreach Partners
- Plant Doctor Clinic
- Pesticide Safety Information
- Master Gardeners
- California Native Grasslands Association
- California Native Plant Society
- Hedgerow Farm
- Partner Nurseries
- Davis Ace
- Lemuria Nursery
Can’t make this date? Come to our PUBLIC SALES on Saturday, April 5; Saturday, April 26; and, Saturday, May 17.
Watch a video from our Fall 2010 Plant Sale to get an idea of what the sale and selection is like!
Below you will find a helpful links and resources to get you started on ways you can save water with your landscape.
Where to buy
Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum Spring Plant Sales
Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum receive discounts at these nurseries. Find out more about membership.
- Boxwood Nursery and Gifts (Woodland)
- Davis Ace Hardware (Davis)
- Lemuria Nursery (Dixon)
- Silverado Building Materials and Nursery (Sacramento)
- Three Palms Nursery (Davis)
What to buy
UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars
Thinking about removing your lawn to save water? The horticultural staff of the UC Davis Arboretum have identified 100 tough, reliable plants that have been tested in the Arboretum, are easy to grow, don’t need a lot of water, have few problems with pests or diseases, and have outstanding qualities in the garden. These plants are called the UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars. Below you’ll find links to planting plans incorporating Arboretum All-Stars.
VERY LOW-WATER ARBORETUM ALL-STARS (link to .pdf download)
Of the 100 Arboretum All-Stars, this list identifies those with the lowest water needs
Find other low-water use plants
SEARCH the WUCOLS Database (Water Use Classification of Landscape Species)
DURABLE DELIGHTS (link to .pdf download)
Plants recommended by Director of Horticulture Ellen Zagory for their low-water needs and durability
- Teaching Nursery Demonstration Bed Planting Plan
- California Native Planting Plan
- Low-Maintenance Planting Plan
- Wildlife Attracting Planting Plan
- NEW! Eco-friendly Landscape Design Plans for The New California Landscape
- Six Simple Steps to a Water-wise Garden (Save Our Water)
- Water-wise Gardens of California
- Water-Efficient Landscapes (California Department of Water Resources)
- NEW! Water-Efficient Landscape Gardens in the Sacramento Region
- Easy Calculators for Estimating Landscape Water Needs
- Reading List for Designing a Woodland Landscape (WRAC)
- Right Plant, Right Place Link List (Yolo County Master Gardeners)
- Tips for watering your trees (Sacramento Tree Foundation)
City of Woodland Guides
The City of Woodland has put together some incredibly helpful resources especially for local residents, but many are helpful to our broader community.
- Landscape to Save Water
- Lawn Watering Guide
- Turf Removal & Site Preparation
- Use a Rain Barrel to Collect Water
- Water Conservation Link List
- Water Run Off and Your Sprinkler System
- Water Saving Tips for Pools
- Waterwise Landscaping
- UC Davis Arboretum Valley-wise Gardening
- Gardening with Limited Water (UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County)
- Rules of Thumb for Waterwise Gardening (Regional Water Authority)
- Water Efficiency Brochure (Regional Water Authority)
- Yolo County Master Gardeners
- Solano County Master Gardeners
- Sacramento County Master Gardeners
- Find Your Local Master Gardener Program
PLEASE NOTE: The resources we’ve listed below are not endorsed by the UC Davis Arboretum, but are websites you might find helpful as you start your search.
- California Landscape Contractors Association
- Green Gardeners Trained Professionals List (Regional Water Authority)
- Find a Green Gardener (EcoLandscape California)
- Irrigation Association Certified Professionals
- How to water trees during a drought
- Farmer Fred’s radio show broadcast: How gardeners can reduce the amount of watering in their landscape
- California droughts precipitate innovation
- University of California Drought Management
- Campus Progress: Water and Landscaping
- Waterwise Landscaping Basics – Save Our Water.org
- California Department of Water Resources
- Northern California Regional Water Authority
- Be Water Smart (Regional Water Authority)
- Save Our Water.org
- City of Woodland Outdoor Conservation
- EcoLandscape California
With water reserves at all-time lows, water rates reaching all-time highs, and severe water rationing on the horizon, representatives from the staff at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden compiled some quick tips for homeowners whose goal is to save water as well as their landscapes.
1. Mulch. “If I could only give one recommendation it would be mulch, mulch, mulch!” cites Cary Avery, associate director of grounds and landscape services. “Mulching not only keeps the ground moist, but as the mulch breaks down, it provides good nutrients for your plants, improves your soil quality, and looks attractive in areas where there’s little landscaping or your plants have not filled in.”
2. Compost. “The sponge-like nature of compost means that rain or irrigation water will be absorbed and stay in your soil—where your plants need it—instead of trickling off into the gutter. It’s also good for getting many types of plants established during their first year in the ground,” says Stacey Parker, GATEways horticulturist. “Add compost before you mulch to double the impact of your water investment.”
3. Focus on your trees. “In times like these you expect that your lawn will suffer, but don’t forget about your trees if you decide to turn off your irrigation altogether,” explains Ryan Deering, GATEways horticulturist. “Give your trees a deep watering with a hose about every two weeks. If you lose your lawn, it’s not the end of the world. In fact, it may be a good thing. But if you lose a tree, you’ve lost years of a shade canopy, and a nice wildlife habitat, not to mention its value in terms of home energy conservation.”
4. Tune up your irrigation. “With the recent freezing weather you’ll want to look at your irrigation system closely to make sure you aren’t losing water due to any broken pipes. Turn on your system and make sure water is going on the plants or turf you want to irrigate. An efficient well-tuned irrigation system will use less water if properly managed and maintained,” recommends Matt Forrest, irrigation supervisor. “Once that has been evaluated, talk to someone at your local hardware store about replacing old sprinkler heads with low-water-use heads for turf, and consider converting shrub and ground cover irrigation to drip or micro-spray. These small changes will help make sure you are watering your plants, not sidewalks or driveways.”
5. Reduce your watering schedule. “If you haven’t already, do it. It’s the simplest way to conserve,” says Andrew Fulks, director of the UC Davis Putah Creek, Riparian Reserve and campus naturalized landscapes. “If you are irrigating for 15 minutes, turn it down to 6. If you are watering four days a week, change it to two, and make sure you are watering in the early morning or late at night. Give the water a chance to seep into the soil before the sun comes out and you lose it to evaporation.”
What if you’ve already done these things? What’s next for the advanced water-saving homeowner?
6. Replace your plants with California natives. “Many homeowners are interested in this type of landscape, but worry that the plants might be hard to grow. However, with right mix, you’ll have an easy-care garden with year-round color and interest, long-term water-savings once the plants are established, and a much-needed habitat for our pollinator friends,” explains Ellen Zagory, horticulturist. “In addition, people also worry they’ll have trouble finding the plants at their local retailer. Come to the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum plants sales this season. We’ve got a great selection of native plants for this purpose, and we’ll point you in the right direction.”
7. Remove your lawn. “It’s not that scary, I promise. There are so many great alternatives to a standard lawn,” encourages Taylor Lewis, nursery manager at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery. “You’ll see more and more information about how to do this online, or I also encourage you to find a local seminar sponsored by Master Gardeners or a similar club. We’ve compiled a list of these types of workshops on our website.”
With a landscape as large as the UC Davis campus, Arboretum and Public Garden staff consistently employ these methods every year, drought or no drought. In addition, over the last ten years, they have installed a large-scale, “smart” central irrigation system (a high-tech tool able to determine the amount of irrigation needed based on weather conditions), implemented an aggressive irrigation preventative maintenance program, and worked to replace little-used lawns and high-maintenance landscapes with sustainable plants including Arboretum All-Stars.
Where can you find the right plants?
For a wide-selection of attractive, drought-tolerant, region-appropriate plants like California natives and Arboretum All-Stars, shop the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum plant sales this spring at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15 (members only; join at the door); Saturday, April 5; Saturday, April 26; and Saturday, May 17 (clearance sale). These sales also feature a variety of experts, including Arboretum and Public Garden horticulturists, Master Gardeners, and knowledgeable sales associates ready to assist customers and answer questions.
For more plant sale information, as well as a list of workshops you can attend to “waterwise” your landscape visit our website: arboretum.ucdavis.edu.