Davis Cemetery History, Plant and Bird Lists

The Davis Cemetery District is the oldest cemetery in Yolo County. It was founded in 1850 on donated farm land by one of the region’s pioneer families. The earliest grave marker in today’s Cemetery District date back to 1855.  The cemetery was incorporated into a special district with tremendous support from the residents in 1922. Dedicated volunteers planted trees, mowed the grass and transformed the space into a garden park cemetery.

Cemetery History Time Line

Arboretum Plants 2017

EarlyHistory with map

Davis Cemetery Arboretum Bird List


We Are Hiring: Seasonal Part-Time Arboretum Assistant

Part-Time Seasonal

Arboretum Grounds Assistant:

General: Under the supervision of the Community Outreach Director the individual will perform tasks involved in the continuous care and maintenance of cemetery arboretum as well as provide on-site assistance during public community events.  Work M-F and occasionally Saturday/Sundays.

Example of Duties:

  1. Perform landscaping work such as pruning, deadheading, controlling weeds, monitoring garden pests and diseases.
  2. Mowing, string-trimming, and edging as needed.
  3. Assist in the building and establishing of new gardens. This work will include planting new trees, perennial, and annual gardens.
  4. Assist in the setting up and clean-up of arboretum and community events. Duties will include setting up chairs, working with the public, providing onsite support.
  5. Ability to communicate in a professional manner with the community.


  1. Perform manual work.
  2. Able to lift fifty pounds (soil, plants, chairs)
  3. Self-motivated, good organizational and interpersonal skills, detail-oriented, ability to multitask, prioritize, and meet deadlines


Nicole Seisler “Places We Built” Opening Reception August 13th

Gallery 1855 (820 Pole Line Road, Davis, CA) is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of artist Nicole Seisler. The exhibition will run from August 12-August 31st and will have an opening reception August 13th from 1-4:00pm. Nicole Seisler is an interdisciplinary artist who creates sculpture, installation, and public art that investigate themes of time, ephemerality, and the overlapping roles of artist/viewer/participant/collaborator.
The Places We Built is a new layer of Nicole Seisler’s ongoing project, Hand Pressed Souvenirs, which integrates social practice, ceramics, and the use of walking as an art-making tool. The project uses clay as the conceptual and material conduit for forging tangible, intimate connections between people and the places in which they live, work, and travel. Nicole uses customized field kits to bring blocks of wet porcelain on walks throughout neighborhoods where participants use the malleable material to make impressions of architectural details that visually and culturally define a place. These Hand Pressed Souvenirs, much like clay tablets of the earliest societies, become records of particular moments in history. One side of each ceramic object shows sharp details of architecture and design while the other side retains the lines and marks of the hand that produced it. The space between people and place is literally embodied by the raw clay and, once fired, it is permanently solidified. The growing collection of Hand Pressed Souvenirs maps our global cities and spaces through personal connections, stories, and memories.
Nicole’s exhibition at Gallery 1855 is a new iteration of this archival mapping process. Using the porcelain souvenirs as molds, Nicole casts new compositions in handmade paper, thereby forming fresh connections amongst the seven year old collection of souvenirs. This body of work serves as memories of memories, an archive of an archive of our shared experiences of place.
Nicole received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has exhibited her work at international venues including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Elmhurst Art Museum, Illinois; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee; Armory Arts Center, West Palm Beach; NEXT Art Fair, Chicago; Alto Galleria, Brussels; and Flash Atoyle in Izmir, Turkey. Reviews of Nicole’s work have been published in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Ceramics Monthly, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, and the Palm Beach Arts Paper. Nicole has been awarded the City of Boston Public Art Grant, the Fort Point Arts Community Public Art Fund, and she received the Maria Scholarship for her residency with ACRE Projects. Nicole has taught ceramics part-time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Lake Forest College, and full-time at the University of Washington. She is currently the Lincoln Visiting Professor of Ceramics at Scripps College in Claremont, CA.

History, Show & Tell and Art Weekend August 12-13th

In honor of the City of Davis’s Centennial the Davis Cemetery District and Arboretum  (820 Pole Line Road) will host a special weekend of history, story telling and art. The weekend will start with its first ever Self-Guided History and Garden Walking tour.  On August 12-13th, guests can stroll the grounds at their own pace and take in the individual stories about the people, art and gardens that will be posted throughout the grounds. The posts will direct the viewer to the more historic and artistic highlights that we are sure they will find fascinating. The walking tour should take approximately an hour and two hours to complete but the tour was designed to encourage visitors to spend as much time as they would like exploring. Learn about the early pioneers and trailblazing individuals that have made the city of Davis the special place it is today.  If you would like to include a story about a family member on the tour please submit 1 or 2 paragraphs and send to the attention of Kristi Dvorak at cemcod@dcn.org by August 4th.

The weekend will also include an opportunity for story-tellers, budding memorial writers and more to gather at the first ever Show and Tell Event being held Saturday, August 12th at 11:00 am.  Hosted by professional memoir writer Emma Fulenwider. Participants are encouraged to bring items of special personal significance and come prepared to show their treasure and tell the story behind it.

The weekend will end with the opening reception for artist Nicole Seiser on Sunday, August 13th from 1-4:00pm at our onsite gallery. Her work is about capturing memories and artifacts in clay material create a story for the audience to interpret.  The Davis Cemetery District is open to the public from sunrise to sunset. Please feel to visit our website for a complete listing of activities or to schedule a hosted tour (up to 10 people) or hosted golf cart tour (limit 3 people) at www.daviscemetery.org. 








Davis Waldorf School Art Exhibition and Concert

Gallery 1855 is pleased to announce a special exhibition featuring the talented students of the Davis Waldorf School This exhibition will feature work from Davis Waldorf students 1-8 entitled “Connecting with the Natural World Through the Eyes of A Child”.  The exhibition will run from July 1-July 30th and the opening reception will be held Sunday, July 9th from 1-4:00pm. The opening will include a free performance from the Davis Waldorf Fiddlers.
A deep appreciation for nature is expressed in this art exhibit which shows that every child is an artist everyone has their own unique connections to nature. The display ranges from second grade to eight grade, using chalk drawings, beeswax crayon art, charcoal drawings, and watercolor paintings. As you peruse the artwork, enjoy the individual details each child adds to their work. The display includes the work of the seventh graders who have studies briefly about social justice and the human rights movements, which they will explore in depth in eighth grade. They each chose a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have a Dream speech to enhance their paintings of the red hills of Georgia.

Gallery 1855 is a premiere non-profit art gallery featuring contemporary art. It is located at the Davis Cemetery District office.

Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting Agenda April 19, 2017

Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting Agenda


Date:               04/19/2017                               

Time:              4:00 PM          

Location:         820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA


Call to order/introductions: Chairperson Stephen Souza, Vice Chairperson Bill Marshall, Board members: Dennis Dingemans, Marilyn Mansfield, Larry Dean.


Approval of agenda


Public comment:

Opportunity for members of the public to address the Davis Cemetery District Board on issues related to Davis Cemetery District business but which do not appear on the agenda. The Davis Cemetery District Board reserves the right to impose a reasonable time limit afforded to any one topic or to any individual speaker.





Approval of minutes:  March 15, 2017


Consent calendar: None


Correspondence:  None


Superintendent’s Report : written and verbal


Community Outreach Report :  written and verbal


Financial Report:  Financial statements


Old Business:     1. LAFCO Review update, if available.

  1.   Reservation for possible maintenance pathway.


New Business:     1. Budget Subcommittee.

  1. Election of Trustees.



Adjournment and scheduling of next meeting: Chairperson


I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing agenda was posted on Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA 95618 by Joe Cattarin, Superintendent.