Picnic Day float wins award

This year at our campus’s 101st annual Picnic Day celebration the Arboretum and Public Garden was awarded “Best Department Float” in the parade! It’s no wonder really…with a theme like “The Heart of our Community” we had a lot to work with!

Thanks go to our tireless Arboretum Ambassadors students who coordinated this year’s entry with multiple staff members from throughout our Arboretum and Public Garden team.

Campus turf reduction planning

Despite our already exceeding Governor Brown’s 25% water reduction mandate, our team is fast at work determining where we can conserve even more.

Last year, thanks to a variety of water conservation efforts implemented by our Arboretum and Public Garden team, our campus was able to reduce water inputs to our landscape by 31%, but we are still planning to do more.

Right now we’re focusing on lawns were we can reduce, cut back, or eliminate irrigation without impacting our trees. We will keep you posted with more information about areas that may be impacted by water reductions and areas targeted for landscape conversions.

Student-built bike racks constructed near Arboretum gazebo

It’s hard to believe that no bike parking existed here before, but now–thanks to a partnership with the UC Davis Department of Engineering–the area around the Arboretum gazebo, Nature’s Gallery Court, and the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden now are complete with spaces to lock up your two-wheeled vehicles!

Engineering students from our campus, together with engineering students from 14 other schools in the northwestern United States, and as far away as China, came to UC Davis for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) conference. This event showcases civil engineering students’ leadership and technical knowledge in several design competitions, one of which included concrete construction, hence our new bike racks!

A huge thank you goes to Skip Mezger, campus landscape architect, and Emily Griswold, director of GATEways horticulture and teaching gardens, for assisting the conference coordinators with facilitating this project. It’s another great example of how we use our landscape as a teaching resource for our students and community with the added bonus of providing a much-needed amenity for our visitors.

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