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Blog & News Articles

2023 Holiday Guide

As the cool, crisp weather rolls in and seasonal items deck the aisles of stores, we've got the holidays on our minds.

The Arboretum and Public Garden has resources and inspiration this holiday season for spending quality time by yourself or with loved ones, for giving back through volunteering, for gifts, for preparing for spring planting and more in our 2023 Holiday Guide. 

Girl Scout Patch Program Recognized

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden received recognition at the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, or GSHCC, inaugural annual fundraising event, “Gather and Give,” on October 20, 2023 at the Old Sugar Mill, in Clarksburg. The memorable evening celebrated the essence of what it means to be a Girl Scout, emphasizing the importance of programs that enhance the well-being and leadership growth of girls, while raising funds to make it possible for more underserved girls to participate in Girl Scouts.

Preparing for ‘The Phenology Garden’

In partnership with UC Davis' Department of Entomology and Nematology distinguished expert, Dr. Emily Meineke, we have started laying the foundation for the creation of a Phenology Garden to examine how alterations in water availability affect interactions between plants and herbivores, like insects.

Crack Discovered in Trunk of Iconic Campus Tree

The expansive Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata), which has graced the banks of Lake Spafford in the UC Davis Arboretum since the 1960s, grew to serve as a popular gathering place for picnics, wildlife viewing, family photos and more until the recent discovery of a large crack in its trunk. Experts studying the issue determined it is in danger of breaking apart and poses a significant hazard.

Nursery Improvements in Progress

This summer, we’ve turned our efforts to upgrading outdoor areas of the Arboretum Teaching Nursery. Smooth concrete now covers the major path arteries that customers use to navigate the nursery. We’ve also enhanced the smaller paths with hexpave and gravel.

‘Pollinator Squad’ Volunteer Team Spotlight

Selecting climate-ready plants and appropriate plants for insect pollinators and hummingbirds is a major goal of Rachel Davis, GATEways Horticulturist for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. The ‘Pollinator Squad’, her group of 15 volunteers, meets weekly to develop and manage the Habitat Gardens, including the meadow basin; the Hummingbird Garden; an Insect Pollinator garden; and the bioswale which runs through the meadow basin.

Volunteer Field Trip to Annie’s Annuals and Perennials

Two of Abbey Hart’s volunteer teams took a field trip to Annie’s Annuals and Perennials Nursery in Richmond last month. The goal was to see the broad variety of plants that the nursery grows and sells — annuals, perennials, native plants, landscape plants, herbs and vegetables, etc., — and to allow the volunteers to purchase plants. Some of the Arboretum volunteers had been there before; for others it was an eye-popping first-time experience.