Further Places – Episode 2 – UC Davis Arboretum
The University of California, Davis Arboretum, founded in 1936, includes 100 acres of gardens with paved walkways and bike paths that lead to a variety of plant collections and garden exhibits, many with interpretive signs and decorative art. Several are of special interest to Redbud members, including
- The California Native Plant Meadow, a “sustainable landscape’ of native grasses, sedges, and
wildflowers. Nearby, there is a Hummingbird Garden, a Pollinator Garden, and the Arboretum
- The California Foothill Collection includes mature trees, shrubs, and grasses native to the
foothills that surround the Central Valley, including oaks, pines, ceanothus, currants,
gooseberries, and bunch grasses.
- The Arboretum GATEway Garden features a Bioswale and Rain Garden filled with many native
wetland plants that slows and filters storm water runoff, protects water quality, is adapted both
to winter floods and dry summers, and provides much-needed habitat for birds, native
pollinators and other insects, amphibians, and other wildlife.
- The Warren G. Roberts Redbud Collection, dedicated to our namesake California shrub,
supremely adapted to the California climate, beautiful in every season, and of major cultural
significance to the native tribes of Great Valley and foothills, especially for basketry.
- The Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants that demonstrates the beauty and
adaptability of California native plants, and their importance in providing habitat for native
birds, insects, and other wildlife.
Learn more at the UC Davis Arboretum Facebook page.