Rose Pruning Workshop

Friday, December 2, 2022

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Davis Cemetery District – Memorial Rose Garden

820 Pole Line Road

Davis, CA 95618


Bring new life to your rose garden with winter pruning. Join Rosarian, Woodland Library Rose Garden coordinator, and UCCE Master Gardener Maryellen Mackenzie and Davis Cemetery Memorial Rose Garden volunteer caretaker Mary Yaussy for hands-on training. Discover a variety of methods during this workshop which will cover tool maintenance, items needed for pruning, rose sanitation, buying root vs grated roses, and Q&A.


Guests should bring paper &  pen for note-taking. If a guest would like to bring any insects or diseased foliage for identification, please make sure it is in a sealed baggie.

Registration is not required, however a quick email to will help ensure we have proper seating available.

Weather-dependent event. If it is raining, we will cancel and look at rescheduling

Veterans Day 2022


The Davis Odd Fellows and Davis Canton will host this year’s Veterans Day ceremony Friday, November 11th, at the Davis Cemetery District, 820 Pole Line Road.

There will be a musical prelude by the Vision Brass Quintet at 10:30 am followed by a formal program beginning at 11:00 am. The ceremony will include a Posting of the Colors by UC Davis Army ROTC, musical selections by the Davis Local Vocals, and the Davis Madrigals. This year’s keynote speaker is Larry Guenther.

Davis Scouts and cemetery staff will place the flags along our internal roadways and on the graves of nearly 1,000 veterans buried at the cemetery.

If you are interested in volunteering for setting up or to aid in the handing out of programs and the removal of flags later in the afternoon, please contact Jessica at

Larry Guenther Biography:

Larry grew up in San Jose, California, and joined the US Navy Reserve in 1985. While in the Navy, he became a sonar operator, helicopter crewman, and rescue swimmer. After his active duty period, Larry was assigned to Helicopter Squadron 85 at the Naval Air Station Alameda. While performing his reserve duty, Larry enrolled in and graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he earned a BSc in Geophysics. Larry finished his reserve duty as a Second Class Petty Officer (AW2) in 1993. Larry came to Davis in 1994 for graduate school where he earned an MS, also in Geophysics.

Water Conservation Efforts

The Davis Cemetery District is committed to implementing and maintaining water conservation efforts throughout our expansive 24+ acres. While we have made a concerted effort to date, we are always looking for ways to conserve water. If you have a suggestion or would like to report water waste, please call (530) 756-7807 or email



The Davis Cemetery District is planning a permanent COVID-19 memorial installation at 820 Pole Line Road. This memorial will feature a walking path, art installations, seating/reflection space, informational signage, and privacy landscaping. Visitors will walk along a path where they will pass under five pillars, each pillar artistically designed to represent those lost to the Coronavirus. The path will end at a reflections area where visitors can sit and take in the meaning of the memorial. As visitors leave the memorial, signage will be placed along the path describing the strength and resiliency our community has gained through the pandemic and will focus on looking forward, while remembering the past.




This memorial will provide a space for community members to remember those we lost and how the pandemic has impacted them personally.

A space to honor our first responders, essential workers, small businesses, caregivers, families, and friends while acknowledging those who have been disproportionately impacted. 

Recognizing our community’s ability to withstand adversity and recover from the pandemic. 

Marketing and Sponsorship




$1,000 – $2,499


$50 – $999

  • Speaking invitation during dedication.
  • Logo/name on website and marketing materials.
  • Recognition throughout social media campaign.
  • Sponsorship plaque at entrance of memorial.
  • Logo/name on website and marketing materials.
  • Recognition throughout social media campaign.
  • Sponsorship plaque within memorial.
  • Logo/name on website and marketing materials.
  • Sponsorship recognition within memorial.



Community Feedback:

Feedback is extremely important to the district as we move forward in our planning and design process. Please take a moment to complete our short feedback survey which can be found here or by using the QR code below.





2022 Memorial Day Ceremony

After a two-year hiatus, The Davis Canton on behalf of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge and the Davis Cemetery District will host the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Davis Cemetery & Arboretum, 820 Pole Line Road.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

We always appreciate volunteers to aid in the handing out of programs and the removal of flags later in the afternoon. Please contact if you would like to help.

2022 Event Details: 

Monday, May 30th

9:30 Davis Brass Ensemble

10:00 Start of the program

Keynote Speaker: Dave Rosenberg

Dave Rosenberg, currently serving as a Judge of the Yolo County Superior Court since 2004.  Vice President of the California Judges Association. A former two-term member of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, and a former three-term member of the Davis City Council. Served as Mayor of Davis twice.  Worked on the Senior Staff of two California Governors. Served as Grand Master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of California. Served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Army during the Viet Nam era.

Trustee Community Engagement

This year, the City of Davis awarded our very own Trustee Kellison, the A.G. Brinley Award. This award recognizes outstanding service in a particular area, such as in the arts, education, or health, or in a major project that benefits the community of Davis. Trustee Kellison’s remarkable commitment to our community is masterfully detailed in the December 28th issue of the Davis Enterprise which can be viewed here.

For more information about the history of the Brinley Award and award recipients, please visit the Davis community awards page here.

Annual Wreath Sale

Family and friends of loved ones can order a holiday wreath to be placed on a grave or displayed at your home. The 22″ fresh Noble Fir wreath will be sold for $25 each. All proceeds will go to the continuous care and restoration of our beautiful cemetery. We have a limited quantity of wreaths, which do sell out each year, so please order soon!


For those looking for an alternative, we can place a solar lantern, suspended from a shepherd’s hook, graveside through the month of December. Lanterns are $25 each and will be removed after January 1st.


Orders can be placed by calling (530) 756-7807 or emailing or


Veterans Day 2021

Due to COVID-19, the District has temporarily suspended in-person community outreach events, keeping health and safety our highest priority.

While we will not be hosting a formal Veterans Day program, the Davis Scouting groups have graciously volunteered to help honor our Veterans by placing flags. Individual flags, along with our internal roadway flags will be placed Wednesday, November 10th, and removed Friday, November 12th.

If you are interested in volunteering to help plan future Veterans Day and Memorial Day events, please email Jessica Smithers at

2022 Dia de los Muertos Event Information

On an annual basis, the Davis Cemetery District holds a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration on our grounds. This celebration is one of the last Mesoamerican indigenous-influenced rituals, honoring mother earth and all its ancestors. This celebration is part of an effort to create a community, a sense of belonging, and global awareness of cultural richness in our multicultural society.

2022 Dia de los Muertos Event Information

Monday, October 31st through Wednesday, November 2nd


Educational signage and welcome address will be placed along our internal roadway

A public altar will be set up outside the administration building for viewing. We also welcome contributions to the altar from our visitors

Fresh marigolds will be available for the public to place on graves in order to honor their loved ones



Ven a honrar a los antepasados y seres queridos, que han cruzado al mundo de los espíritus.

Thank you to Jesse Ortiz and the entire Concilio Board for reviewing our plan and supporting the District in taking on this event.