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UC Davis Named Among Top University Arboretums in U.S.

UC Davis joined two other California universities in earning a top 50 spot on a list of the most amazing university botanical gardens and arboretums in the U.S.

In a ranking conducted by the editors of BestCollegesOnline.org, Davis along with UC Berkeley and Cal State Northridge were found to harbor excellently maintained grounds that also maximized their facilities’ resources by bringing hands-on learning to life.

“Not only do [the gardens and arboretums] beautify the campuses and communities,” the website said, “they also serve as environmental stewards, outdoor classrooms, and living laboratories.”

Known for its agricultural studies, UC Davis appropriately stood out for its 100 acres of 17 gardens and 22,000 Mediterranean-adapted trees and plants that serve as a “beautiful testament to nature’s instruction,” according to the article. No matter the subject they are studying , all Davis’ students get to take advantage UC Davis Arboretum’s peaceful landscape, while students studying coursework of a more botanical nature get the additional advantage of taking their learning outside to conduct meaningful research.

Dozens of classes that use the arboretum are offered at the university, covering topics such as sustainable gardening, plant propagation and nursery operations, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

UC Davis also recently received a 4-out-of-4 star accreditation by the Professional Grounds Management Society for outstanding performance in the areas of environmental stewardship, economic performance, and social responsibility.

UC Berkeley received high marks for their impressive botanical garden that boasts 13,000 different species of flowers, shrubs and plants from across the world. Cal State Northridge’s botanical garden and greenhouse complex is a mere 1.5 acres, but garnered attention for its 1200 plant species.

Universities were rated based on national, international or local awards and recognition; the number of plant species; the presence of educational opportunities and conservation efforts; the presence of an agricultural or connected degree; and wow factor.

To see BestCollegesOnline’s full list of amazing university botanical gardens and arboretums, visit bestcollegesonline.org. Learn more about the UC Davis Arboretum at arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

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Bethany Harris

Bethany joined Sacramento Press in 2013 and enjoys writing articles that uncover the happenings of the city and the people behind the stories who make them so worth telling. A native of Sacramento, she also loves photography, running, gardening, coffee, and discovering new places and new things to do--both in the city and throughout California.

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