Archive for November, 2011

Photo of the UC Davis Arboretum 75th Anniversary kick-off and endowment launch

On October 19th, Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum Board President Nancy Shapiro along with her husband Howard, hosted a kick-off celebration in honor of the Arboretum’s 75th anniversary. The evening was a wonderful way to look back at the history of the Arboretum with many of the people integral to its growth and look forward to a strong future as we embark on a campus-wide public garden project. We are so grateful for their generosity and leadership!

During the program portion of the event, UC Davis Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph Hexter expressed his feelings about the important role that the Arboretum plays on campus, highlighting the restorative nature of the gardens, as a place for both reflection and recreation.

Arboretum Director Kathleen Socolofsky ended the evening with a thank you to our long-time supporters, with a very special thank you to Superintendent Emeritus, Warren Roberts.  Through his tireless love and devotion to the Arboretum, Warren was the inspiration for our new planned giving society, the Warren G. Roberts Arboretum Legacy Society, established to honor endowment and planned giving donors. The establishment of this society is an important first step to building a $50M endowment that will support the Arboretum for future generations.

Thank you to everybody who helped make this very special night so wonderful!

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This pilot project is already well on its way to completion thanks to a collaborative group of Public Garden team members including Andrew Fulks, Director of  the Riparian Reserve. who is serving as project manager for this conversion effort. Dave Klippert and his Civil and Industrial Services team are now preparing the space for its sustainable, low-maintenance landscape by removing the grass and hauling the extra dirt away so that Matt Forrest’s team from Grounds and Landscape Services can retrofit the irrigation from sprinklers to drip.

Skip Mezger and Christina DeMartini Reyes from Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture are putting the finishing touches on a landscape plan that will include 10 types of plants determined to be ‘cast-iron,’ regionally-appropriate, low-maintenance selections for this environment by Arboretum staff members Ellen Zagory, Emily Griswold and Ryan Deering.


Before grass removal from La Road Median Conversion


The dead grass is removed from the median, scooped up and removed from the site.

Photo of grass removal from La Rue Road Median Conversion

Photo of dirt dump from La Rue Road Median Conversion


Photo of ater grass removal from La Rue Road Median Conversion

For a recap of all the posts about this conversion project click here.

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On November 1st, the footings for this project were dug by Civil and Industrial Services team members and operating engineers Alan Mazzoleni, Matt Hayes and Armando Garcia.

Yesterday the concrete foundation for the central wall was poured and set by Contractor Steve Stombler and his crew.

The addition of Nature’s Gallery Court to the west end of the Arboretum is sure to be a draw for visitors to the campus and the Arboretum; it will serve as an example of how our UC Davis community of volunteers and sponsors supported this installation with their time, creativity and donations.

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To read more articles about this project click here. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can support this installation click here.

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