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A New Era of Nature Rx

Fri, April 09, 2021
If you Google things to do in Davis, it’s not surprising to find that time and again the Arboretum and Public Garden is at the very top of the list. With the well-being of our community in mind, we have been broadening and expanding the reach of Nature Rx, a theme of programming that aims to connect the campus and local communities to the healing power of nature.

Spring Planting 1-2-3

Wed, March 17, 2021

Here are some more tips to establish your plants for a healthy and habitat-friendly garden in 2021!

1. Decompact or Aerate

If you have heavy clay soil, it’s best to decompact your soil before planting. Find a break between rain when your soil is dried out enough to walk on without further compaction. These conditions will make it easy enough to dig and loosen soil by hand or mechanically with a rototiller. Otherwise, if you have well-draining soil, it is best to only dig where you’ll be planting so you don’t disturb overwintering beneficial insects or other microorganisms.

Fall Planting 1-2-3

Mon, December 07, 2020
Gardening tips from Nursery Manager Taylor Lewis to make sure your new plants from our nursery get off to a healthy start. 

Carbon Neutrality For Kids

Fri, August 07, 2020

Looking for some summer boredom busters? Check out this kid’s Carbon Learning Activity, with a fun ranking quiz, Carbon Q&A and other educational resources. This activity was designed for kids but we have found it to be super informative and fun for adults as well!

Wildland Fire Training 2020

Tue, June 30, 2020
Just two days after undergoing annual wildland fire training at UC Davis’ Russell Ranch, the UC Davis Fire Department, and other regional firefighting departments, responded to the largest fire of this year’s early season so far. 

Summer Plant Guide: Top 10 List for Summer Success

Wed, May 27, 2020
It’s true that summer is not the best time of the year to install new plants, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t. Watch the latest Ask the Garden Gnomes video below for advice or scroll down to find some quick tips.