Waterwise Garden

The Waterwise Garden is devoted to displaying drought-tolerant landscape plants that do well in Davis.  Many beautiful plants native to California and the other Mediterranean climate areas of the world are well-adapted to surviving our long, dry summers with little supplemental watering. The garden features a stylized dry streambed that captures rainwater and allows it to percolate into the soil rather than running off. A raised bed with succulents shows off the unique colors and textures of these sculptural drought-tolerant plants.

Several UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars have been planted here, including crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia), snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum), cape balsam (Bulbine frutescens), and bush germander (Teucrium fruticans 'Azureum').

Interpretive Exhibit


Right Plant, Right Place.

Learn strategies for grouping your plants by their water and light requirements for gardening success.

Garden Map


Come visit us in Davis Central Park, on B Street between Third and Fourth Streets in Downtown Davis. 

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