A perfect day for planting

Sunday’s beautiful, sunny weather made it a perfect time to hold the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s community planting day in Davis. Among the approximately 30 volunteers who planted local native greenery in the 11/2-acre California Native GATEway Garden was 8-year-old Avery Runk, above and below, of Davis. She carefully cultivated deer grass, while others planted aster, at left, and blue wildrye grass, at top. At right, Linda Clevenger of Davis plants blue wildrye. “It’s a real treasure here in Davis,” Clevenger said of the arboretum, which was founded in 1936 to support teaching and research at UCD. The 100-acre facility includes 22,000 trees and plants adapted to a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters.