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Over the 75 years since its founding, the UC Davis Arboretum has become a beloved campus amenity, a gateway to the riches of UC Davis for visitors, a resource on sustainable landscapes for California, and a model for university and public gardens throughout the world. None of this would be possible without the support of our members, volunteers, donors, advocates, and partners on campus and in the community. On behalf of future generations, who will benefit from your foresight and generosity, I thank you!

Kathleen Socolofsy, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director, UC Davis Arboretum & Public Garden

The UC Davis Arboretum was founded in 1936 to strengthen the biological sciences at the university. From its modest beginnings as a small collection of trees and shrubs planted by students and watered with buckets, the Arboretum has developed into a vibrant living museum with 100 acres of gardens, a documented collection of more than 60,000 plants representing almost 2,500 species and varieties, a rich menu of public programs, and a crucial role supporting research and teaching on campus as well as promoting sustainable landscapes throughout the state.

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