Thank you for considering a gift to the UC Botanical Garden. Garden and UC representatives are available to assist you in navigating the many giving options and structuring a gift that is right for you.

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The UC Botanical Garden is a unit of the University of California, operating under the tax id of the
UC Regents: 94-6002123

Matching Gift Information

Maximize your contribution by participating in your employer’s matching gift program. The Garden qualifies as a recipient of support from many companies including those that only give to educational organizations as we operate under the auspices of the UC Regents.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities offer a number of advantages over a cash gift. To make arrangements for your gift or to ask questions please contact: UC Berkeley Senior Gift Steward Phone: (510) 642-6791 Fax: (510) 643-6770 E-mail:

Gift Planning

A planned gift may enable you to make a more significant gift than you thought possible while at the same time allowing you to achieve your financial, philanthropic, and estate planning goals. Please let us know if you have named the Garden as a beneficiary of your estate or if you would like help with options. (510) 643-2937

IRA Charitable Rollover

Individuals age 70½ or over can make gifts of up to $100,000 directly from their IRAs to the Garden without having to report the distribution as taxable income on their income tax return so long as certain restrictions are met. Please contact your tax advisor for more information regarding tax status of the gift. Please contact the following campus officials for IRA gift instructions.Cash Gifts from your IRA: Rebecca De Kalb, J.D. Gift Planning Officer Office of Gift Planning, University Relations Phone: (510) 643-9702 E-mail: Stock Gifts from your IRA: UC Berkeley Senior Gift Steward Phone: (510) 642-6791 Fax: (510) 643-6770 E-mail:

Tribute Brick

Support the Garden with a Tribute Brick

Tribute Brick PlazaYou are probably familiar with the Garden’s Tribute Plaza near the Garden’s entrance. You may have even stopped to read the inlaid bricks and reflected on the stories they tell.

Mark your support of the Garden with a tribute brick you can visit over and over. Tribute gifts are also an enduring way to honor cherished friends and family and to commemorate those special occasions that stand as milestones in our lives. Whatever the event, whoever you choose to honor, the UC Botanical Garden can help you establish a lasting remembrance with a tribute brick that can be enjoyed for many more years to come.

Your tribute brick gift is not only tax deductible, but also benefits the Garden and ensure that our priceless plant collection will be available for botanical research and education for many years to come.

Questions? Contact Development Specialist at 510-664-7969 or email

All gifts are fully tax-deductible. 

Order Your Brick

Purchase A Brick  Download Order Form

Brick text will be centered and inscribed using uppercase letters and numbers, with twenty (20) characters per line including spaces and punctuation. An order confirmation will be sent prior to engraving. For more information and assistance with dedicating a brick, please contact the Garden’s Development Department at 510-664-7969.

A gift of $500 provides a 4” x 8” brick with up to three lines of copy and 20 characters per line.


A gift of $1000 provides an 8″ x 8″ brick with up to 6 lines of text.

A gift of $1250 provides an 8” x 8” brick with clipart* graphics and up to 6 lines of text.


A gift of $1500 provides an 8” x 8” brick with custom graphics and up to 6 lines of text.

*Download Clipart Graphics

Tribute Bench

Support the Garden with a Tribute Bench

DSC_6010 copyGifts of Tribute Benches help the UC Botanical Garden maintain a diverse living collection of plants to support teaching and worldwide research in plant biology, further the conservation of plant diversity, and promote public understanding and appreciation of plants and the natural environment. They are a wonderful means of passing on a love and respect for nature to future generations.

Tribute Benches start at $25,000, and are fully tax deductible.
For more information, please download the Tribute Bench Flyer and Order Form or contact our Garden Development Specialist at or 510-664-7969.

Download Order Form

Tree Adoption

Tree Adoptions

Monkey Puzzle Trees (Araucaria araucana)

From the exotic monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana) to the endangered cloud forest magnolia (Magnolia sharpii), the UC Botanical Garden is home to an important and diverse collection of trees. Remember a loved one or commemorate a special event by becoming a guardian of one of these Garden icons for ten years. Your tree adoption will fund a new interpretive panel for your tree, enabling the Garden to share its history and conservation significance with thousands of Garden visitors. You will receive a personal dedication on the panel and the pleasure of making a significant contribution to environmental education and conservation.

Tree adoptions start at $7500, are fully tax deductible and may be applied towards University class gifts and giving societies. Please contact our Garden Development Specialist to arrange your gift at or 510-664-7969.

Trees Available for Adoption

  1. California Buckeye (Aesculus californica) – California Area
  2. Kauri (Agathis australis) – Australasian Area
  3. Monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana) – South American Area
  4. Monkey-hand tree (Chiranthodendron pentadactylon) – Mexican/Central American Area
  5. Rimu, red pine (Dacrydium cupressiunum) – Australasian Area
  6. Tulip-tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) – Eastern North American Area
  7. Magnolia (Magnolia campbellii) – Asian Area
  8. Magnolia (Magnolia sharpii) – Mexican/Central American Area
  9. Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) – Asian Area
  10. Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis) – Cycad & Palm Garden
  11. Oak (Quercus rugosa) – Mexian/Central American Area
  12. Rhododendron (Rhododendron arboreum) – Asian Area

Memorial/Honorary Donation

Memorial and honorary gifts can help perpetuate the values and ideals that guided someone’s life, commemorate a significant event, or honor someone who is still living. Families of those so honored will be notified of your gift; the amount, however, remains a private matter.


Memorial/Honorary Gift