One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
|County or Parish:||Yolo County|
|Sub NTEE:||Botanical Gardens & Arboreta|
The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden was founded in 1936 as the UC Davis Arboretum (arboretum.ucdavis.edu) to support education and research at the University of California at Davis. The Arboretum's collections are displayed in 100 acres of gardens along the old north fork of Putah Creek, and feature 60,000 plants representing almost 2,500 species and varieties from Mediterranean climate areas throughout the world.The collections represent an enormous repository of information on plants that grow and thrive in California's Central Valley, where summer heat, wind, heavy soils, drought and often poor water quality pose challenges to gardeners. Demonstration gardens of California native plants and drought-tolerant flowering shrubs and perennials provide a public showcase of sustainable landscape design and plants appropriate for low-water-use gardens in the arid West. In 1971 volunteers founded a community support group called the Friends of the Arboretum to help sustain and grow the gardens and collections. Until the 1980s, the Arboretum operated with a part-time faculty director and one professional staff member and the support of many community volunteers. In 1997, the university provided funds for the first full-time Arboretum director. We now have 22 career employees, over 50 student employees and interns each year, and a dedicated corps of over 160 community volunteers. In 2007, the Arboretum launched the Arboretum GATEways Project (Gardens, Arts, and The Environment), envisioning the Arboretum as an inviting campus portal and connection to academic activities, with educational landscapes, public art, outreach centers, interpretive exhibits, performance spaces, and gathering areas. In 2009, the campus included the project in the comprehensive master planning framework for campus as the UC Davis GATEways Project. In 2011, the UC Davis Arboretum entered an exciting new collaboration. The Arboretum, the campus Grounds and Landscape Services, and the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve were integrated into a single operating unit to create the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. World-renowned botanist Dr. Peter Raven joined us for a planning meeting to launch the merger. Today, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden continues to realize the vision of the university campus as an innovative and transformative resource for the region and serves as a model for universities, botanic gardens and museums nation-wide through the GATEways Project.
Our top needs:
- Funding: Program - Gifts of any size to the Waterway WOW campaign will help provide plants to renovate the waterway banks and support a team of student leaders to provide ongoing care for the Arboretum waterway.
- Funding: Unrestricted - Unrestricted gifts and memberships in the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum provide critical support each year.
- Funding: Other - Endowment or planned gifts can support the Arboretum waterway or other gardens or programs to create a lasting legacy.
- Volunteers - Volunteers can help with the waterway enhancement project during community planting days.
- Board Members - The Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum seeks people with fundraising and community outreach experience to serve on the Board.
Kathleen Socolofsky Director, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden