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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

Before grass removal from La Road Median Conversion

DURING

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

AFTER

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 October 5, 2011 the City Council of the City of Davis unanimously approved a proposal shepherded by UC Davis Arboretum Assistant Horiculturalist Emily Griswold, to allocate $40,000 towards the development of a sculptural gateway feature at the east end of the Arboretum. This area of the Arboretum also recently received grant funding to build a new California Native Plant GATEway Garden.

A call for proposals from artists is currently underway.  The budget includes all costs such as artist’s fees, travel, shipping, fabrication and installation. The qualifications submission deadline is December 12, 2011, with the grand opening unveiling projected for October 2012.

The goal of this installation is to improve pedestrian, bicycle and transit connections; to help promote and market the campus and downtown area as an art district and visitor destination; and to enhance the partnership between the City and University on a mutually beneficial project.

Congratulations Emily for spearheading an important partnership that will not only serve as a symbol of the city/campus collaboration, but act as a lasting landmark to help visitors find their way.

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Nature’s Gallery Court construction has begun! The design for this courtyard was created by UC Davis alumnus Ron Lutsko, recent recipient of an Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects. His plan highlights the Nature’s Gallery mural–a creation of many hands–through a collaboration between the UC Davis Arboretum and the Art-Science Fusion Program.

Photo of UC Davis Nature's Gallery Court Rendering.

The Nature’s Gallery ceramic mosaic mural is a stunning work of art composed of over 140 tiles—hand-crafted by students, staff, faculty, and community members—each showcasing diverse drought-tolerant plants or insects found in the Arboretum’s Ruth Risdon Storer Garden.  Not only did community members help create the art, they also helped fund its installation.  Their donations also support the campus’s Art-Science Fusion program which serves as the catalyst for this and similar community art projects.

Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture is project managing the overall installation of this unique venue. The photo below shows Steve Stombler, Contractor, laying out the plans in preparation for the footings which are scheduled to be dug next week by Civil and Industrial Services. The project is located at the west end of the Arboretum just off Garrod Drive, near the Arboretum Teaching Nursery and Veterinary Medicine.

Photo of Steve Stombler begining construction on Nature's Gallery Court on the UC Davis campus.

Between the academic Art-Science Fusion program that brought this concept to life, all the individuals from students to community members involved in its artistic creation, and the administrative coordination involved in seeing this project to fruition, this installation has truly been a team effort!

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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On July 22nd2011, the final stone was set in place to cap completion of the campus’s Geology GATEway Garden located on the south and east side of the Earth & Physical Sciences Building.  (For more information about GATEways and its projects visit the UC Davis Arboretum website.)

This new garden, which features California native plants that are part of the Arboretum All-Stars program, is a destination spot and outdoor education space for those interested in geological pursuits. The landscape contains rock specimens from throughout California and is already being used in many undergraduate geology programs. It also offers local school kids a place to study regional rock types without having to travel.

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Late last fall, the majority of specimens were set by Civil & Industrial Services, a division of Campus Planning & Community Resources.  Using Civil’s 20-ton crane, stones were placed at specific locations called out by project leaders Professor Peter Schiffman, former Department Chair, and Janice Fong, Illustrator.   A striking  6,000 lb. silica stone with veins of pyrite serves as a  monument at the entrance of the Earth & Physical Sciences Building. From here the garden unfolds into a variety of rock types formed from igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary and hydro-thermal processes and includes examples of gabbro, schist, gneiss, marble, silica, limestone and lava. The focal point of the garden is the Yuba Blue ‘Teaching Stone’. Delivered from Smartville in Yuba County, this stone has been cleaved and polished to a fine luster, revealing a deep greenish-blue tint with a rich pattern of striations and inclusions.

For CPCR’s Civil & Industrial, this has been one of the most interesting projects they’ve been asked to participate in. Every member of their crew was engaged in the project and at the end received a copy of Roadside Geology of California.

Download this .pdf walking tour of the Geology GATEway Garden for a tour of California geology right here on campus!

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Anticipation is growing about the installation of the Nature’s Gallery mural and courtyard!  The Nature’s Gallery mural is a stunning work of art, composed of over 140 tiles hand-crafted by UC Davis students, staff, faculty, and community members.  Each tile showcases a different drought-tolerant plant from the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden in the Arboretum or an associated insect.

The mural will stand in an inviting tree-lined courtyard between the Storer Garden and Arboretum Teaching Nursery.   In addition to being a beautiful new entry feature at the Arboretum’s west end, Nature’s Gallery will also serve as an integral part of our youth and adult education programs.

When you visit the Arboretum, you’ll see construction fencing around the Nature’s Gallery location.  Site preparation has started in anticipation of wall and courtyard construction this fall and winter.

Photo of Nature's Gallery Court installation, Washington DC

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Special preview parties held on August 25 and September 10, offered Nature’s Gallery donors an insider peek at plans for the Nature’s Gallery installation.  The 60+ guests attending each event enjoyed the chance to experience how the tiles were designed and created, walk the layout of the site, see the construction plans, learn about the design of the surrounding planting beds and mingle with other supporters and staff.   Arboretum Director Kathleen Socolosky officially welcomed and thanked Nature’s Gallery donors and the exceptional partners and participants who made this project possible.  On September 10, a number of donors in attendance also shared the personal stories of their tile dedications during the program.  The wide range of stories was touching and varied – honoring living loved ones, memorializing family members, leaving a mark in a place they loved – and captured wonderfully the many ways that people feel connected with the Arboretum.

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