Arboretums are collections of plants and not decorative gardens so I was not very successful in that goal but it was an interesting and worthwhile visit.
UC Davis started out as a Farm School 1907 and was part of UC Berkley. It is now a full university in its own right and includes a Medical School and Law School.
It is still and important Ag school and a resource for farmers and home gardeners alike.
The arboretum extends along both sides of Putah Creek for over two miles. We didn't explore the entire length, I think we will go back another time.
The arboretum contains collections of both native California plants and plants adapted to California's climate. The main emphasis of the collections is on water-wise gardening.
Ceanothus and Redbud are both widely used in my area; they are native plants that are attractive and need little water.
|Flamingo Chinese Cedar (Toona sinensis 'Flamingo')|
This lovely plant in the East Asian collection was new to me.
|Knife Acacia (Acacia Cultriformis)|
This low growing Acacia from Australia was also one I hadn't seen before.
Another collections was dedicated to plants that attract hummingbirds.
See more of our amazing world at That's My World, Tuesday, hosted for us by Klaus, Sandy Wren and Sylvia.