It seems that no matter where I go, my trip turns into a field trip opportunity. Last week I took my daughter’s very large Labrador retriever to the UC Davis Veterinary Small Animal Clinic. After meeting with the oncologist I knew both Easton and I needed to walk before the three hour drive home. We were in for a treat. Adjacent to the clinic is the amazing UC Davis Arboretum.
We spent almost two hours wandering and admiring the grounds.
The first stop was to view the astonishing Nature’s Gallery mosaic mural depicting the diversity of California plants and insects. The mural is composed of 140 ceramic tiles and is part of the Ruth Storer Garden which features plants that are particularly well-suited to California’s Central Valley.
(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The UC Davis Arboretum is over 100 acres and is composed of 17 gardens. These include an early California garden,
an Australian collection, a conifer collection, a California foothill collection, an oak grove,
and a beautiful white flower garden which is said to be stunning on moonlit nights. There are walkways meandering through the gardens and around a pond where we saw ducks, geese, and a turtle sunning on a log. Students were studying on the lawns and riding bikes on the paths. What a great place to go to college!
We are currently planning to redo our landscaping at home so I spent quite a bit of time looking at the drought resistant plants and I got some great ideas.
Easton and I both enjoyed our stroll. The arboretum turned a difficult day into one of wonder.
As a bonus, while walking around my daughter’s east Sacramento neighborhood, I saw an A-Z flower mural on the playground at David Lubin Elementary School. After participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge I see everything in terms of the alphabet so this was perfect. I wonder how hard it would be to plant an A-Z garden?