Educational Exhibits at the UC Davis Arboretum

As you tour the Arboretum, look for educational exhibits in our major demonstration gardens. Arboretum exhibits answer common questions about sustainable horticulture practices, gardening with native plants, and California’s unique climate, ecology, and natural history.

Our visitor-centered approach to educational exhibits is nationally recognized and based on best practices in informal education and museum studies. We employ teams of UC Davis experts, Arboretum staff, and members of the public to create our signs and evaluate their success at attracting visitors, holding visitors’ attention, and communicating their intended message.

  • Shields Oak Grove

The UC Davis Arboretum is home to one of the largest and most diverse oak collections in the country, focusing on trees from the southwest U.S., Mexico, and the Mediterranean region. Download pdf of Shields Oak Grove interpretive signs

  • Arboretum Terrace Garden and Lois Crowe Patio
    How can you transform your garden into a Mediterranean oasis right here in the Central Valley? This exhibit teaches visitors how to create beautiful gardens, reduce their use of water, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and provide a refuge for birds and butterflies.
    Download pdf of Arboretum Terrace interpretive signs
  • T. Elliot Weier Redwood Grove
    Coast redwoods are one of the most beloved and fascinating of our California native plants. This exhibit highlights the natural history of the coast redwood, its use in the Central Valley garden, and the special story of the Arboretum’s Redwood Grove.
    Download pdf of Redwood Grove interpretive signs
  • Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants
    This exhibit showcases the benefits of planting California native plants in the home landscape and highlights some specific native plants, including Arboretum All-Stars, the Arboretum staff’s top recommended plants for Central Valley gardens.
    Download pdf of Native Plants interpretive signs
  • Ruth Risdon Storer Garden-A Valley-Wise Garden
    Would you like to create a sustainable home garden that will save you money, give you more free time and enhance the environment? This exhibit provides gardeners with tips on watering, mulching, reducing pesticides, and using companion plants that attract beneficial insects.
    Download pdf of Valley-wise Gardening interpretive signs

As you explore the entire UC Davis Arboretum, look for over 60 exhibits highlighting the Arboretum All-Stars plants, our top recommended plants for Central Valley gardens.

In addition to our permanent exhibits, you will also see changing signs with information on seasonal changes, garden developments, art projects, and UC Davis research.