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University of California Davis Arboretum

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1 Shields Ave.

Davis CA 95616

530-752-4880

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2 Reviews:

5 stars On Nov 29, 2010: ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY wrote:

I had the pleasure to visit the UC-Davis Arboretum in December 2009 - when they had almost a week's worth of subfreezing temps. Not the greatest introduction to what was supposed to be a mild climate (compared to KY), but the plants pulled it off with aplomb. The plants notwithstanding, one of the best things about this arboretum is that it is not just a museum to go visit. It is planned as an experience that one can incorporate into one's daily activities, if you happen to be a student/staff/faculty of UC-Davis, or a resident, or just a visitor. The pathways that connect the community with the campus; the pathways that provide a pleasant respite from the sidewalk or street; and the central spine of Putah Creek as an organizing element as well as an attractive water feature - each make this arboretum something different than simply a bunch of plants to go look at or take pictures of. They have a great assemblage of oaks (the Shields Oak Grove), including many species I've never seen, read, or even heard of. That's always a winner in my book. This was topped by the very interesting art work associated with this collection, including ceramic name plates and more than a little mural action on the restroom/storage building on the grounds. The conifer collection, spread throughout the arboretum, is also fantastically diverse. I managed to see about a third of what is there, and can't wait till the next time I get to go see it. Warmer then, I hope.

5 stars On May 25, 2008: jtwig from Davis, CA wrote:

The UC Davis Arboretum offers a wide variety of gardens for visitors to enjoy. The Redwood Grove, Mary Wattis Brown Native California Plant Collection, and the Storer garden are among my favorite collections. Perennial displays of color and variety are a year round pleasure. The collections stretch along the historic waterway of Putah Creek. A main path keeps the Arboretum loop winding through all the gardens; connecting the campus to the downtown. The Friends of the Arboretum have a wide membership. Plant sales occur every year and offer an opportunity for people to buy plants for their homes.

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