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Part One: Who is the Wyatt of Wyatt Deck and Pavilion

Fri, April 16, 2021

On the south side of Lake Spafford, nestled among heritage trees and a sprawling California buckeye, sits a unique, multi-tiered deck constructed from redwood to honor the grove nearby. The open-air location, enjoyed by thousands every year, retains a history with an extended local family – the Unger-Yackzan family.

Message from our Director and President of the Friends Board

Thu, March 18, 2021
This month, we extend special thanks to our friends and fans in Yolo County who recently named the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden as the best "Shelter-at-Home Escape" and the "Best Place to Take an Out-of-Towner" in the Davis Enterprise "Best of Yolo" voting.

New Arbo Anthems Playlist

Wed, December 16, 2020

To perfectly complement the relaxing and beautiful nature of the Arboretum, UC Davis has made an "Arbo Anthems" music playlist on Spotify. In early November, the UC Davis official Instagram account asked the community to submit songs that they would like to see on the playlist via Instagram stories. The inspiration for the playlist?

La Rue Road Bridge Opening

Mon, December 07, 2020
The La Rue Bridge replacement project and 2-year detour around the bridge is officially over, with the paths in the Arboretum now open to the public just in time for scenic strolls and holiday hikes. Over the past couple of years, the expansive project required pedestrians, bikers, and cars to maneuver around the construction via detours while the Arboretum walkways under and near the bridge were closed. 

A message from Director Kathleen Socolofsky to our community

Tue, November 17, 2020
Thank you to those who have supported us by shopping our online plant sale with curbside pickup. So far, the online sale has been very successful! We are especially grateful for all who are shopping, as we lost the revenue of our entire spring plant sale season due to the pandemic.

Nature Rx Network Symposium: Transforming Campus Life by Embracing Nature

Mon, November 02, 2020

The 2020 Campus Nature Rx Symposium was hosted by Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY on October 23, 2020.

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Nature Rx program was presented by Haven Kiers, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Department of Human Ecology and Stacey Parker, GATEways Horticulturist, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden during this free-one day virtual symposium. Kiers and Parker shared lessons learned, including best practices, for connecting students to campus nature for their health and wellbeing, particularly during a pandemic. 

A message from Director Kathleen Socolofsky to our community

Mon, November 02, 2020
Our staff has been busy creating our new Plant Sale online store with contactless curbside pickup at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery. We are excited to thank all our Friends members by giving them first access to the new store during the fall. 

Virtual Student Research Flash Talks

Thu, October 29, 2020

In honor of UC Davis' Undergraduate Research Week, students hosted flash talks on October 15 featuring the studies of three UC Davis students who are using the UC Davis Arboretum to conduct their research. Watch the video below to learn about their research and how it complements the university experience.