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UC Davis Arboretum

United States of America - California - Davis

Institution Code: DAV

International Agenda Registration: N
BGCI Member: Y

UC Davis Arboretum
UC Davis Arboretum

About the UC Davis Arboretum

The UC Davis Arboretum was founded in 1936 to support education and research at the University of California at Davis. The Arboretum’s collections are displayed in 96 acres of gardens along the old north fork of Putah Creek, and comprise 60,000 plants representing almost 2,500 species and varieties from Mediterranean climate areas throughout the world. The collections represent an enormous repository of information on plants that grow and thrive in California's Central Valley.

Main Address:
UC Davis Arboretum
University of California
One Shields Avenue
California 95616 United States of America

Telephone: (530) 752-4880
Fax: (530) 752-5796
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Kathleen Socolofsky, Director
    Curator's Name: Mia Ingolia
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 11
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 6

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: N
    Status: State: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
    Status: Municipal: N
    Status: Satellite: N
    Status: Trust: N
  • Date founded: 1936
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 40 Hectares
    Latitude: 38.5300300
    Longitude: -121.7625300
    Annual Rainfall: 184 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: UC Davis Arboretum
  • Local Address: Valley Oak Cottage 1 Shields Avenue University of California, Davis Davis, CA 95616
  • Locality: City: Davis
  • Locality: State: California

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Y
    Arboretum Size: 40
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: N
    Seed Bank: N
    Published Plant Catalogue: N
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: N
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Volunteers: 200

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 10507
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 2432
  • Special Collections:The Arboretum’s collections comprise 60,000 plants representing almost 2,500 species and varieties from Mediterranean climate areas throughout the world. During the late 1950's and 60's, extensive taxonomic collections, most notably of oaks, acacias, and eucalypts, were established. Geographic collections include California native plants and plants native to the Southwest U.S. and Mexico; the Mediterranean basin; Australia and New Zealand; South Africa; and East Asia.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Y
    Invasive Species Policy: Y
    ABS Policy: N
    Plant Collection Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Medicinal Plant Programme: N
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: N

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: N
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: N
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y
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