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Calling all gardeners for Arboretum, Putah Creek Parkway project

By From page A16 | October 11, 2013

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UC Davis Arboretum volunteer Pat Greene assists her volunteer team with a native grass planting on campus. Courtesy photo

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 the installation, establishment and ongoing care of plantings in the Arboretum’s new California Native Plant GATEway Garden and the city’s Putah Creek Parkway — both part of the innovative Downtown Davis Parkway Greening Project — behind Davis Commons shopping center.

Volunteers selected for the training will receive an introduction to the area’s native plants, as well as basic gardening, tree care and restoration techniques. They will share in fun, food and camaraderie while learning new skills and contributing to a community project.

Training will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays beginning Oct. 25 and include a mix of instruction and hand-on projects. It will last about three months, then transition to a regular volunteer work schedule as the new native plant gardeners continue their Friday morning efforts throughout these high-profile garden and parkway areas.

Participants are asked to make a minimum one-year commitment with the understanding that periodic vacations and appointments may interfere.

To apply, visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu, email [email protected] or call 530-752-4880. Selected applicants will be asked to contribute a $35 training materials fee that includes a textbook, training binder and gardening gloves.

Space is limited; applications are due by Oct. 16.

Katie F. Hetrick

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