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Katie F. Hetrick

Life after lawn can be beautiful

* Editor’s note: This story was first published in March. As with any long-term relationship, deciding it’s time to break up with your lawn can be a difficult decision. Will you miss it? Will it be worth it? Will you be happier? There are so many unknowns. Sometimes it is best just to take the […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Break up with your lawn

* Editor’s note: This story was published originally in March 2014. You hear it on the news. You read it in the papers. Then, there’s that nagging inner voice telling you every time you walk out the front door, “Break up! You’ve got to break up!” But you ignore it all in favor of making […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Celebrate UCD Arboretum GATEway Garden Sunday

A shovel sculpture that has quickly become a local icon, gorgeous murals that pay homage to the importance of oaks, fields of tens of thousands of water-wise plants native to this specific area — these are just a few of the attractions you may have noticed emerging from a formerly barren field behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center.

How did this once-orphaned area become what is now the UC Davis Arboretum GATEway Garden? The answer is simple and at the same time incredibly involved: It took a community.

In celebration of the effort of multiple groups and individuals coming together to create …

Plan for a lawn-free, low-water future

If you didn’t feel the threat of this record-breaking drought affecting your life, that all changed last week with Gov. Jerry Brown’s first-ever issuance of a state of emergency drought declaration mandating water reductions, and calling for the replacement of 50 million square feet of lawns throughout California with drought-tolerant landscaping.

The message was no surprise to the staff, students and volunteers who have been working to prepare the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery for its spring plant sale season. The first public sale is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (More sales follow on April 25 and May 16.)

Mulch ado

March 06, 2015 | Posted in Media Post

Life after lawn: Fifty greens for shade

As with any long-term relationship, deciding it’s time to break up with your lawn can be a difficult decision.

Will you miss it? Will it be worth it? Will you be happier? There are so many unknowns. Sometimes it is best just to take the plunge and not over-analyze the situation.

That’s what Stacey Parker, a new Davis homeowner and horticulturist for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, did last year. She envisioned her front yard as a place that could be aesthetically pleasing, home to native wildlife and a low-water draw — an attractive idea, given the rising cost involved in keeping lawns green.

UCD Arboretum: Don’t just volunteer — get involved!

Get ready to get outside and get involved! About once a year, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden recruits new applicants for openings in its regular volunteer program. Just in time for your new year’s resolutions, volunteers are being sought to join either the gardening or education outreach teams. Applications are due Friday, Jan. […]

January 04, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UC researchers: How low-water can our landscapes go?

Go shopping! What: Friends of the Arboretum plant sale When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (members and general public) Where: UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive near La Rue Road Info: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx or 530-752-4880 According to a California Department of Water Resources study, about 53 percent of our household water use goes toward irrigating our […]

October 24, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New lawn replacement available at Arboretum plant sale

Go shopping! What: Friends of the Arboretum plant sale When: 9-11 a.m. Saturday (members only); 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (members and public) Where: UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive near La Rue Road Info: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx or 530-752-4880 Local residents who want an attractive, low-water-use replacement for their lawns may be interested in kurapia, which will be available […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Break up with your lawn, with cardboard

You hear it on the news. You read it in the papers. Then, there’s that nagging inner voice telling you every time you walk out the front door, “Break up! You’ve got to break up!”

But you ignore it all in favor of making the excuse that you don’t know where to begin and that you might regret it.

Stacey Parker, horticulturist for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden and a new Davis homeowner, can empathize.

“I completely understand. Lawns are what we’re used to and they’re definitely appealing, but times have changed,” she says. “Having just bought this little house, I’m ready for the adventure of making my yard fit the real situation with the water supply.”

Artist seeks ideas for city mural

Caryl Yasko, a nationally recognized muralist, came to the right place if she’s looking for opinions. She’s been commissioned, through a grant funded by PG&E and obtained by the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, to create a mural that will become part of the public art collection for the city of Davis. This is […]

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Calling all gardeners for Arboretum, Putah Creek Parkway project

Do you like gardening? Could you use some expert training to brush up on your skills? If you answered “yes,” you might be interested in joining a new native plant gardening and habitat restoration volunteer team starting this fall, organized by the UC Davis Arboretum and Tree Davis. Volunteers will play a critical role in […]

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Beer and spades mix at UC Davis shovel drive event

It’s a beer-tasting with a twist. Your ticket to enter? An ID and a used shovel! The shovels are for a sculpture commissioned and funded by the city of Davis in a new garden where the UC Davis Arboretum connects with downtown Davis, behind the Davis Commons shopping center. Nearly 250 shovels already have been […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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