Director of Public Horticulture Ellen Zagory speaks at a press conference in support of homeowners who install water-wise landscaping

Photo of Ellen Zagory speaking in support of drought-tolerant landscapes at a press conference for AB 2104.

On August 14, Ellen Zagory, Director of Public Horticulture, together with Loren Oki, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Landscape Horticulture with the Department of Plant Sciences, spoke at a press conference on the steps of the Sacramento capitol in support of Assembly Bill 2104 (authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez). This bill prevents homeowner’s associations from levying fines against residents for installing drought-tolerant landscapes. On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the bill was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

DETOUR on Garrod Drive during road realignment project

Image of the Garrod Drive realignment and parking lot expansion project.

Phase one of the construction currently taking place on Garrod Drive near La Rue Road will provide more parking between Putah Creek Lodge and the Arboretum Teaching Nursery in addition to creating a defined California native plant meadow.

Over the next couple of days  (Friday, September 26, 2014 through early the following week of  September 28, 2014) a portion of Garrod Drive just off La Rue Road leading to the Arboretum Teaching Nursery, will be closed with a detour in place.

Please refer to the map below or CLICK HERE to download a map of the detour.

This work is part of a multi-year plan to improve access and create campus- and visitor-friendly features at the west end of the Arboretum. The area is part of an exciting initiative zone that contains several large, campus-funded projects. The Arboretum and Public Garden team has been working with campus project managers and departments to coordinate and leverage these projects to enhance the visitor experience in the Arboretum.

The Garrod Drive realignment and Putah Creek Lodge parking lot expansion (happening now), will improve access to the Arboretum Teaching Nursery. This lot will feature trees specifically chosen for their ability to tolerate tough, urban conditions, a new bioswale will filter water that runs off from the parking lot, and a California native plant meadow will collect excess water from the entire site while creating wildlife habitat.

READ MORE in UC Davis Dateline.

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CLICK ON IMAGE to download the larger map.

DETOUR: Path from south Davis to Arboretum closed to bikes and pedestrians

Photo of closed portion of pathway leading from south Davis to UC Davis Arboretum.

The Putah Creek bike path that connects south Davis to the Arboretum will be closed to both bike and pedestrian traffic for three weeks starting Monday, September 22 through Sunday, October 12. During the closure bicyclists and pedestrians will be detoured to the Richards Boulevard undercrossing.

The closure will allow further improvements to be made to the Putah Creek Parkway path on the east side of the bike tunnel. Detour signs will be posted.  When completed, the section of the Putah Creek Parkway between the I-80 undercrossing and the railroad undercrossing will have decomposed granite paths on both sides of the concrete bike path, native grasses, improved habitat for pipevine swallowtail butterflies and other native pollinators and wildlife.

Click for the City of Davis press release about the project.

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