History Tours

Enjoy a stroll through history one of our  Davis Cemetery District History Tours.

The historic cemetery district is offering guided history tours on our beautiful grounds.. We will share the stories of the pioneer families and individuals who have shaped our city into what it is today.   We will also discuss the meaning of and changes to gravestone symbols from Victorian times to the present.

Tours will take about an 1 hour. Wear comfortable shoes. Guided cart tours are available but will limited to three individuals.
Contact Kristi Dvorak at cemcod@dcn.org or call 530-756-7807 to schedule an appointment.

New Burial Section Will Open on March 1st.

The historic Davis Cemetery District has added a new section to it’s beautiful cemetery.  The new SF section  is  lined with blooming crepe myrtle trees and shaded by heritage trees. It borders near the historic hill and the soothing free form fountain. This section is a welcome addition to our growing cemetery.  Families can utilize these plots with one of our many memorization options. This section will be reserved for casket and family cremation plots. The section will accommodate standard, titan or green casket burial. Green burial is our most recent addition and involves a more natural return to the earth. We also have smaller plots, niche banks and a scattering garden to accommodate cremation burials in other locations in the cemetery.

Please contact our office M-F 9-4:00 pm to discuss your options will look forward to assisting you.

SF section

 

About the Davis Cemetery District

District

The Davis Cemetery District is an non-enterprise independent Special District governed by an appointed Board of Trustees who serve four-year terms. As a public agency, the District is not in the business to make a profit as a private company. The Board of Trustees meets at a noticed public meeting on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 pm. The trustees have adopted comprehensive rules and regulations by which to operate the cemetery.  All board meetings are open to the public. The District is closely aligned with the community of Davis and surrounding areas and makes its facilities available to community service groups. The District strives to strengthen the Cemetery as a more invited and meaningful location for civic remembrance, contemplation, and healing by creating an attractive environment that encourages people to come and enjoy nature, art and civic history.

The Cemetery Board of Trustees

The District Vision

The Master Plan

Agendas and Documents:

History and Arboretum Documents: 

 

Cemetery Services

Services

Davis Cemetery District is a community tradition of historic natural beauty since 1855. We are committed to providing excellent service and beautiful environments to honor and remember loved ones. We serve all faiths and cultures, and we offer a wide range of options for memorializations.

A cemetery is a sanctuary and a place for friends and family to mourn, remember, and celebrate. Whether you are planning for the future or need to make immediate arrangements, we are here to educate and assist you with care and compassion. The Davis Cemetery honors the past, serves the present, and enriches the future.

Pre-Need Program

We now allow prepayment of burial costs. This program allows you to pre-designate your burial choices, lock in burial costs, “pay down” your assets with an allowable expenditure, and give your loved ones the peace of mind that comes with knowing your wishes have been followed. Please call 530-756-7807 or email us at cemetery@dcn.org for details.

Price List and Useful Links

In-Ground Casket Interment Options:

  • Green Burials
  • Fully Sealed Titan Vaults
  • Standard Liner Burials
  • Single or Double (Companion) Depth

In-Ground Cremation Interment Options: 

  • Single flush cremation plot (1 urn)
  • Double flush cremation plots (2 urns)
  • Casket plots (up to 4 urns) which can accommodate raised headstones

Above-Ground Cremation Interment Option:

  • Niche interments: A cremation niche is an above ground burial space, where a decedent’s urn, containing their cremated remains, is placed inside and sealed. Many people are choosing above ground burial in a cremation niche as it affords comfort in all seasons, especially in inclement weather. It includes a memorial plaque with eight lines of inscription not to exceed 20 characters. Please inquire about urn size limitations.

Scattering Garden:

  • Scattering garden: Loved ones remains are scattered amongst our beautiful botanical gardens located near and around our niche wall and Veterans Memorial fountain. Price includes an inscribed memorial brick.

Donation Tree or Benches

  • Plant-A-Tree: With a monetary donation a new tree will be planted at Davis Cemetery District and Arboretum in memory of your loved one. Staff will assist you with tree and site selection.
  • Bench Donation:  A memorial bench is a wonderful way to memorize your loved one while enhancing the grounds for visitors for many decades to come. The staff will assist and support with the location and placement of the bench.

Donation: 

The Davis Cemetery & Arboretum is always in need of continuous care and restoration. Donations are tax deductible our Tax ID# 472353081 Donations are always appreciated. Please make checks payable to Davis Cemetery District and mail to:

Davis Cemetery & Arboretum

820 Pole Line Road,

Davis, Ca 95618

For more information e-mail the Davis Cemetery & Arboretum or call (530) 756-7807.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to restoring the gardens or assist at the numerous cultural and educational events please email Kristi Dvorak at cemcod@dcn.org

Green Burial

Green Burial

WHAT IS A GREEN BURIAL? The intention of a green burial is to hasten the return of the body to the natural world and to integrate the remains within the cycles of nature. The body is not embalmed. Any wrap or container/casket is made of biodegradable material such as wood, wicker, or natural fiber.

WHAT IS THE GREEN BURIAL PROCESS? The body or container is lowered onto the earth at the bottom of the grave. Earth is then packed directly around and over the body or container instead of using a traditional cement vault or grave liner. The Davis Cemetery District places a vault lid on the packed dirt above the body and then puts more dirt on top of the lid in order in ensure that the grave site remains flat and stable for the weight of the memorial marker and of our mowers and other equipment.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE GREEN BURIAL OPTION? The Davis Cemetery District offers the green burial option for either single or companion interment. In the case of a companion green burial, the District will use a separate vault lid on the packed dirt above each body.

Embalmed bodies and/or those in non-biodegradable caskets, such as metal, are not eligible for the green burial option. Green burial is not an option for the second interment into a companion plot in which a companion vault is already in place.

 

For a full list of services go here

 

Ten things to do during your visit

Ten Things To Do During Your Visit…

*Inventory, photograph, paint or view our wildlife.

*Bring a sketchbook or a notebook and spend some quiet time on one of our benches. Let the beauty and the history inspire your creativity.

*Hike or jog the perimeter of the cemetery, enjoying the view from many perspectives. Climb our hill for a fresh look.

*Check out our historic swale, our perennial mounds, and our wildflower meadow (all located in the eastern half of the grounds).

*Check out our scent garden and our bulb and wildflower garden (both on the historic side of the cemetery). Enjoy our changing foliage. (Where else can you find a Nepal Camphor, native to the Himalayas, in Davis?)

*Soothe your soul listening to our Veteran Memorial Fountain.

*Take a meditative walk on one of our labyrinths.

*See the latest Gallery 1855 exhibit inside our iconic office building.

*Look at the lovely statues and historic stones. (Can you find the one that came all the way from China? Hint: it has wonderful dragons.)

*Discover Davis history (Can you find the headstone of the woman born in 1796?)

DID YOU KNOW?
We have six markers over 12 feet tall, four that range from 8-12 feet, and some thirteen between 6-8 feet high; they include eight obelisk markers and four full figure statues.
28% of all city council members are buried here, as are 24% of all persons for whom UC Davis buildings are named.