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    Recipes From the Garden: A Taste of the Season

    The key to summer salads is fresh ingredients. So, whether you head out to the garden or the local farmer's market, be sure to sample the bounty of summer's harvest. The following salad recipes are inviting you to make some new additions to your summer...

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    The Champions Behind the 20-Year-Old UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars

    Ellen Zagory was Director of Horticulture of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Gardens, fondly referred to as the Arb, when the Arboretum All-Stars plant list came to be created in the early 2000s. Ellen was working in her tiny office space alongside...

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    Plants of the Season

    As summer arrives in full swing, gardens burst into life with a dazzling array of vibrant, sun-loving plants. From bold blooms to lush foliage, the summer season offers an abundance of botanical beauty perfect for creating a stunning, thriving...

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    From the Garden—Early Summer Harvest

    Being out and about in the cool, morning summer air can be a great source of joy and surprise as we encounter sudden beauty in our gardens. The slow-to-ripen strawberries and cherries suddenly are ripe all at once. Landscape flowers seemingly out of...

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    Help Desk

    Question: A few of my rose bloom stems have curled downward and I wonder what causes this? This is not an uncommon phenomenon to see in the rose garden and is usually caused by a pest, the raspberry horntail, Hartigia cressoni. Rose cane tips...



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  • Lepidopterist Jeff Smith spreading the wings of a butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Jeff Smith: Busy as a Bee? No, As Industrious as a Lepidopterist

    Busy as a bee?  No, as industrious as a Lepidopterist.  Specifically, as industrious and dedicated as Jeff Smith, curator of the moth and butterfly collection at the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology--a collection that an international...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
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    Almond crop yields threatened by disease new to California

    Detection of fungus causing red leaf blotch spurs call for grower vigilance Symptoms of red leaf blotch (RLB), a plant disease caused by the fungus Polystigma amygdalinum, have been observed for the first time in California across the Northern San...

    By Michael Hsu
    Author - Senior Public Information Representative
  • The resident crab spider nails a honey bee, as another bee continues to forage in the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Saga of the Spider and the Bee

    (Continued from the July 13th Bug Squad) Our resident crab spider, family Thomisidae, appears to be an extremely poor hunter.  She waits, camouflaged in the lavender patch, as bees buzz around her. They dart away when she lunges at...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • A crab spider lies in wait, as a honey bee nectars on a lavender blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    The Spider and the Bee

    A crab spider,  family Thomisidae, lies motionless in a patch of lavender, waiting to ambush a honey bee.    So here I am, a crab spider, as hungry as can be Does anyone out there feel sorry for me? "Yes," say the...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist