The UC Davis Arboretum Gardens is a must see on this well established and reputable UC Campus.  Whether you are a graduate of UC Davis, a local, or looking for an incredibly unique and special ceremony location, the Arboretum is the place for you.  This beautiful garden was established 85 years ago with April and May displaying beautiful spring flowers and the fall showcasing stunning autumnal colors.  There are 17 theme plant gardens with the entire Arboretum referred to as a “living museum.”

Wood slatted fencing offers privacy in the Arboretum for a  quaint ceremony garden (The Carole Shields White Flower Garden and Gazebo).  This intimate spot is a theme garden based on medieval moon-viewing gardens of India and Japan.  In the spring lovely white wisteria cover the gazebo which has aged wood beams (perfect for hanging decor), and the area is  surrounded by one of the largest oak tree groves in America.  Vixen Vendor,  Rev. Tan (a City of Davis resident) has performed sweet, small ceremonies here in this  garden and loves it here.

Putah Creek runs alongside the Arboretum, gardens and oak tree groves.  Scattered throughout the area are hay bale benches for the wondering guest who wants to take in the serenity of this piece of land.  You can have your reception in the grass area adjacent to the arboretum or choose one of the other beautiful reception venues on campus,  including the Alumni Center and the ARC Ballroom.  Or perhaps have your guests take a stroll to the Putah Creek Lodge, not far from the Arboretum, with it’s open grassy lawn and inside lodge space.  This is a convenient spot to hold a luncheon or dinner reception following the garden ceremony.  Read the separate review on each venue on our website.   The UC Davis Arboretum staff is very helpful and will assist you with the needed chair rentals and general permitting for the space.  Easy vendor access, limo access for the bridal party, and a full pressure washing and cleaning of the space for each event are other perks of this space!

If wishing to check into the Featured Reviews of other UC Davis campus venues, click Alumni Center, Putah Creek Lodge, Conference Center or the ARC Ballroom and Pavilion.

~ Vixen Catrina