Monday, March 28, 2011

80 North: Davis, UC Davis Arboretum

UC Davis Arboretum Headquarters on LaRue Rd., in Valley Oak Cottage, (530) 752-4880. M-F 8-5; arboretum--daily, 24 hours. Free. A paved 3.5-mile path follows Putah Creek through this peaceful 96-acre garden. A brisk walker can do it in an hour, a moseyer should allow 2 to 3 hours. The arboretum holds more than 22,000 area-friendly plants and trees, which are arranged in a series of gardens that represent geographic areas, plant groups, and horticultural themes. Many plants are marked, so you can learn to distinguish a wild lilac from a big leaf maple, and sometimes more detailed signage explains, for instance, why you might want to plant a Western redbug (for its spring flowers and lovely summer foliage). Among the collections are the Acadia Collection, the Foothill Collection, and a lovely White Flower Garden. You can pick up a free map at the headquarters, or just begin the trail wherever you like. Themed tours are scheduled.

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