Home and Garden Resources for the General Public

UC Davis and UC ANR provide many plant-related resources for the general public.

Home Gardening (including irrigation and pests)

  • California Center for Urban Horticulture – The California Center for Urban Horticulture at UC Davis provides public training sessions on gardening topics and has a wealth of web-based information on water conservation in gardens.
  • UC Davis Arboretum – The Arboretum website has information on plants appropriate for California gardens (water conservation, insect pollinators, etc.), and has six plant sales each year to provide the public with ecologically sound plants for California.
  • UC Cooperative Extension offices – most California counties have UC ANR staff who can answer questions on home gardening, pest management, and related topics.
  • Master Gardener Program – Master gardeners throughout California provide information on local gardening needs. Other UC ANR Master Gardener sites:
  • UC IPM – The UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program has online resources related to: 1) Home, garden, turf, and landscape pests; 2) Agricultural pests; 3) Natural environment pests; and 4) Exotic and invasive pests.
  • UC ANR Publications – Many online publications are available from UC ANR on gardening, pests of the home and garden, food processing, food storage, food safety, and related topics.

Postharvest Handling and Food Safety

Research and Information Centers at UC Davis

UC Davis has a number of plant-focused research and information centers (RICs) that provide information and programs for agricultural/environmental professionals and for the general public.

Educational Programs for Children

  • School Gardening Program – The School Gardening Program at UC Davis’ Student Farm provides hands-on trainings and resources for school gardeners, along with scheduled visits for school groups.
  • 4-H – Many 4-H Youth Development programs in California offer plant-focused programs for children. Check the UC ANR 4-H website for information on local 4-H clubs and programs.

Plant-focused Places to Visit at UC Davis

  • Picnic Day – UC Davis’ campuswide “open house” happens every April on a mid-month Saturday. The Department of Plant Sciences, like numerous other departments on campus, offers hands-on learning opportunities, food tasting, and general fun for people of all ages. Check the UC Davis website periodically for Picnic Day dates.
  • Arboretum – The UC Davis Arboretum is open every day, at no cost, for the general public (there is a parking fee on weekdays). The Arboretum provides opportunities for exercise, walking, and bicycling, along with signage to learn about California plants and their environment. The Arboretum also offers docent-led educational programs (check the website for specific program dates).
  • Center for Plant Diversity – The Center for Plant Diversity (aka “Herbarium”) at UC Davis is a repository for dried plant specimens, which are used by researchers for plant identification. The center offers various programs for the public, along with open-house days. Check the website for event schedules.