Look around your neighborhood and it’s easy to see the toll that four-plus years of drought have taken on our outdoor spaces.
When it came to cutting back water use, we eliminated the top consumer — lawn-focused landscapes. But now what? Are “gold” lawns the new normal?
Facing those same questions a year ago, Ria de Grassi, a longtime Davis resident, removed her backyard lawn and hopes that sharing her experience can help others who struggled with where to begin.
“I’m a single homeowner who works full-time and enjoys traveling,” de Grassi said. “I knew I couldn’t start this project without help, but I also knew the first thing any contractor would ask is what I was looking for in my life without a lawn.
* 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 […]
* 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 […]
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 …
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.)
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.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.”
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 […]
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 […]