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Central Valley Gardening, Mediterranean Style

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A rain lily (Zephyranthes candida) pops out of a carpet of California fuchsia (Epilobium), providing summer color in the Arboretum Terrace. Author’s photographs, except as noted

The UC Davis Arboretum has opened a new educational resource for Central Valley gardeners—the Arboretum Terrace home demonstration garden. Located in downtown Davis, California, the garden was designed by David Yakish of Gardenmakers and built by arboretum and UC Davis grounds staff, with funding from the campus administration and private donors. The garden is designed in a symmetrical, Mediterranean style using large pottery, lavenders, and cypress as focal points surrounding a central patio accented with more than forty planted containers. Attractive iron fencing protects the garden while providing support for a vine collection to demonstrate the best vines to use in Valley landscapes.

The garden features the “Arboretum All-Stars”—plants that we know to be reliable and easy to grow in the Valley—as well as some newer introductions that we wish to promote and make available for the more advanced gardener. The emphasis is on plant...

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