Davis, California

The University of California Davis Arboretum

The UC Davis Arboretum is a living museum, an outdoor classroom, and a public garden with over 4,000 kinds of trees and plants. The Arboretum specializes in plants adapted to a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Established in 1936, the Arboretum occupies about 100 acres along the banks of the old north channel of Putah Creek, in California’s Central Valley. Unlike the Pacific coast, which has a very mild climate where most plants flourish, California’s Central Valley has a climate of extremes. Temperatures in Davis range from 14°F to 118°F, and average rainfall is only 19 inches per year. The Arboretum is the main source of horticultural information for inland California. [ info ]

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