U.C. Davis Arboretum

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The U.C. Davis Arboretum was founded in 1936 to support teaching and research at the University of California.The Arboretum occupies 100 acres along the banks of the old north channel of Putah Creek.The Arboretum’s collections include 22,000 trees and plants adapted to a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters.The plants are arranged in a series of gardens that represent different geographic areas, plant groups, or horticultural themes.


About 100 acres.

Open space benefits:

The site offers recreational opportunities (walking and biking) and wildlife habitat for riparian species. Its plant collections also provide a rich source of data for research projects in a wide variety of fields, including sustainable gardening, California native plants, plant propagation and nursery operations, and environmental education.

Public accessibility:

The property is publicly accessible, and offers walking and biking trails, grassing picnic areas, and wildlife/habitat viewing.


The Arboretum can be accessed at multiple points along the old north channel of Putah Creek, from D Street to Garrod Drive.