Monthly Archives: 08/2012

Student Photos a Blake Garden

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Filed under: Art In The Garden

Kevin Utschig, a student from David Goldberg's summer U.C.Landscape Photography class shared with us some beautiful  shots of the garden.

Arborists at Blake

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Filed under: Community

Two weeks ago, a Monterey Cypress  tree collapsed onto a Zelcova tree in one of the formal gardens . The trees were entangled and seemingly dangerous. UC Campus arborists Doug & Bill came to take down the partially collapsed  Cypress. They did a wonderful job of cleaning up the tangle. We always enjoy their visits and value their expertise in tree care.

Oak support installed

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Filed under: Flora & Fauna, Community

While U.C. arborists Doug and Bill were working on other tree issues in the garden they also  helped us with a sagging, sinuous outreaching branch of a coast live oak in the Mediterranean section.   They carefully jacked up the branch and propped it up with a galvanized steel pipe for support. Doug artfully chiseled out a mount at the bottom of the branch for the support to be inserted. Over time the bark will grow over the wound and preventing fungus and bacteria from entering into the tree.