Calendar of Events

All events free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.
Information: (530) 752-4880

Map and directions to event meeting places
Download the complete Fall 2016 Calendar of Events

EXTENDED through Friday, September 30, 2016.
Walking in the Woods with Chemistry: Exhibit
Multiple locations throughout the Arboretum including: Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, Mediterranean Collection, Conifer Collection, and Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants. For more garden location information CLICK HERE. Explore our temporary exhibit to discover how a plant can cure cancer, what plant molecules create the smell in your soap and perfume, and how a plant defends itself chemically. Spread across several collections in the Arboretum this exhibit reveals some of the research of UC Davis Chemistry Professor Dean Tantillo, Plant Biology Professor Philipp Zerbe, and Chemistry Ph.D. candidate Nhu Nguyen. Co-sponsored by the Tantillo Group, Chemistry Department, Zerbe Group, and the Department of Plant Biology. The exhibit is free;parking is available at no charge on the weekends, but during the week attendees may need to purchase a $9 daily permit for our visitor parking lots.

Friday, September 23
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome! Parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Sunday, September 25
New! Ask a Master Gardener
10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo and Storer Garden
UC Master Gardeners will be available to answer your questions, share plant information and highlight sustainable gardening practices. This is an informal drop-in program, not a guided tour. Please stop by to ask and explore with knowledgeable Master Gardeners. The event is free; parking is free and available along Garrod Drive, in Visitor Park Lot 54, Visitor Park Lot 55, or Putah Creek Lodge Parking Lot.

Thursday, September 29
Life after Lawn
4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Senior Center Activity Room (646 A St.)
Join Ellen Zagory, Director of Public Horticulture, as she shares her knowledge of the best plants for Central Valley sustainable gardens.
Please RSVP by emailing WaterSmart@CityofDavis.org or calling (530) 757-5686.

Friday, September 30
Meet the Arboretum Tour

5 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Join us for an informal walking tour led by the Arboretum Ambassadors. You’ll discover more about our gardens and plant collections as well as our free public programming. Whether you’re new to campus or returning, we hope you’ll join us for this tour which ends with light refreshments.

Saturday, October 1
Plant Sale
Members: 9 - 11 a.m. | Public: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
Fall is time for planting! If you are trying to convert your lawn to a low-water landscape or are just interested including more environmentally-friendly, easy-care plants in your gardens, this is the sale for you.
Become a member and save! Not a member? Call ahead or join at the door. All members receive 10% off their purchases; new members receive an additional $10 off as a thank you for joining. LEARN MORE

Wednesday, October 5
10th Annual Opening Night Reading by Creative Writing Faculty

7 p.m., Wyatt Deck (Rain location: 126 Voorhies)
Award-winning fiction writers and poets from the UC Davis Creative Writing Program read from their work: Joshua Clover, Lucy Corin, Katie Peterson, Margaret Ronda, Jacinda Townsend and Joe Wenderoth. Co-sponsored by the English Department.

Friday, October 7
Folk Music Jam Session

12 – 1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.

Sunday, October 9
UC Master Gardeners in the Arboretum

10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Arboretum GATEway Garden (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center)
UC Master Gardeners will be on hand in areas of the Arboretum to answer your questions, share information about plants in the garden and highlight sustainable gardening practices for home gardeners. This is an informal drop-in program, not a guided tour. Please stop by to ask and explore with the Master Gardeners.

October 12
Wednesday Walks with Warren

12 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for an always engaging noontime exploration of the UC Davis Arboretum’s west-end gardens.

Saturday, October 15
Celebrate “Oak-tober”

11 a.m., Arboretum Gazebo
It’s acorn season in the oak grove. Explore the Shields Oak Grove in autumn to see oaks from around the world and learn how they prepare for winter.

Saturday, October 15
Children's Books in the Woods
1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Join local children’s author, Kate Morejohn as she reads from a variety of books exploring nature. The readings will be appropriate for ages 5-10 years old and their families. Participants will also have an opportunity to draw and color afterwards.

Sunday, October 16
Native American Uses of California Plants
2 p.m., UC Davis Welcome Center
Enjoy an engaging, family-friendly tour of the Native American Contemplative Garden and discover traditional uses for a variety of California plants.

Friday, October 21
Folk Music Jam Session
12 – 1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.

Saturday, October 22
Public Plant Sale
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
Fall is time for planting! If you are trying to convert your lawn to a low-water landscape or are just interested including more environmentally-friendly, easy-care plants in your gardens, this is the sale for you.
Become a member and save! Not a member? Call ahead or join at the door. All members receive 10% off their purchases; new members receive an additional $10 off as a thank you for joining. LEARN MORE

Sunday, October 23
UC Master Gardeners in the Arboretum
10 a.m. 12 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo and Storer Garden
UC Master Gardeners will be on hand in areas of the Arboretum to answer your questions, share information about plants in the garden and highlight sustainable gardening practices for home gardeners. This is an informal drop-in program, not a guided tour. Please stop by to ask and explore with the Master Gardeners.

Sunday, October 23
Carve ‘n Compost
1 – 3 p.m., Arboretum GATEway Garden  (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center)
Want to make your holidays more sustainable? Bring your pumpkin and join the Arboretum Ambassadors and Project Compost for a pumpkin carving and composting workshop. Decorate your pumpkin and learn how to turn jack o’ lantern waste and everyday food scraps into compost. A limited number of pumpkins will be supplied.

Friday, November 4
Folk Music Jam Session
12 – 1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.

Saturday, November 5
Public CLEARANCE Plant Sale
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
Everything will be on sale! If you are trying to convert your lawn to a low-water landscape or are interested in including more environmentally-friendly, easy-care plants in your gardens, come to this sale!
Become a member and save even more! Not a member? Call ahead or join at the door. All members receive 10% off the already discounted prices; new members receive an additional $10 off as a thank you for joining. LEARN MORE

Wednesday, November 9
Walk with Warren

12 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for an always engaging noontime exploration of the UC Davis Arboretum’s west-end gardens.

Friday, November 18
Folk Music Jam Session
12 – 1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.

Friday, December 2
Folk Music Jam Session
12 – 1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.

Wednesday, December 14
Walk with Warren

12 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for an always engaging noontime exploration of the UC Davis Arboretum’s west-end gardens.

Friday, December 16
Folk Music Jam Session
12 – 1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.