Cal Expo - Sacramento
MARCH 21-24, 2019

Cal Expo


UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Saturday, March 23, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

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Warren Roberts

Warren Roberts is as firmly rooted in the California landscape.  He has watched over the UC Davis Arboretum for over 45 years.  Coming from a long line of Kern County cattle ranchers, he says he inherited some of his plant know-how from a Gold Rush-era great-grandmother who was well respected for her knowledge of herbs.

Even with his long and devoted ties to California, Roberts has managed to see his share of the rest of the world. After receiving a bachelor's degree in landscape horticulture from UC Davis in 1964, he went to Peru as a Peace Corps volunteer. Two and a half years later, he returned to Davis and obtained his master's degree in 1969. Then, it was back to Peru with the Peace Corps to assess damages after the 1970 earthquake. Somewhere in between, he managed to travel in Europe as well. Described as a "wonderful ambassador for the university," Roberts joined UC Davis as the arboretum superintendent in 1972 and has been its guiding force ever since.