The Civic Garden Club of San Carlos
The Civic Garden Club of San Carlos believes in UC Davis students. “Our club has a long history of providing scholarships for young people interested in learning about horticulture,” said Janice Fager, the club’s president. “With its premier programs in plant sciences, UC Davis has always been one of the educational institutions we are most eager to support.”
About 30 members of the group traveled from the Bay Area in November 2012 to meet with scholarship recipients and tour the UC Davis Arboretum. They gathered in Nature’s Gallery Court, adjacent to the Ruth Storer Garden. Nature’s Gallery is an arched wall with embedded mosaic tiles depicting the flora and fauna of the arboretum. It was constructed by undergraduate students and community members as a project of the Art/Science Fusion Program.
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences hosted a luncheon to show its appreciation for the club’s current and planned support to the university. Campus speakers presented information about the Gardens, Arts and the Environment Project, which connects the arboretum to academic departments, and about the Arboretum All-Stars program of recommended plants for California gardens.
“Philanthropy makes such a huge difference to the campus and to the students we serve,” said Mike Tentis, a CA&ES development officer. “Scholarships provide access to higher education. They are a deciding factor when a student selects a university and, indeed, can influence what a student chooses to study while on campus.”