Drought Resources

Below you will find a helpful links and resources to get you started on ways you can save water with your landscape.



Upcoming workshops to help “waterwise” your landscape


Where to buy
Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum Spring Plant Sales

Partner Nurseries
Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum receive discounts at these nurseries. Find out more about membership.

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

LEARN MORE about Arboretum All-Stars
SEARCH the Arboretum All-Star database

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


Planting Plans

Landscape Design


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.




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.



UC Davis



  • Videos from the recent UC Drought Policy and Management Summit: The daylong series of panel discussions and talks on the environmental and economic consequences of the current drought and future water shortages — and how best to manage them. Topics ranged from agricultural production and employment to the California economy, energy production and use, fish and wildlife, water conservation, public health and wildfires.
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    February 27, 2014
  • Nancy Sternberg

    We are interested in finding drought resistant plants for the north (shady) side of our home. Most native plants we find are for full sun.

    Can someone please help!

    Thank you.

    April 8, 2014
    • UC Davis Arboretum & Public Garden

      You can search the Arboretum All-Star database for plants that suit your needs here:


      Don’t forget to click the “show/hide” criteria and add low or very low water needs.

      That will be a good start for you!

      April 11, 2014

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