The Garden hosts a diverse offering of public programs that provide learning opportunities in a variety of plant-based topics. Visit our calendar to see upcoming programs and scroll below to discover the many ways in which you can engage and experience the Garden.


Public Programs

Art + Design

Art courses at the UC Botanical Garden are inspired by the natural world and our diverse plant collection. The Garden offers regular botanical illustration courses, as well as one day workshops in watercolor, brush painting, drawing and other art forms.

The Garden hosts indoor art exhibitions each year, including our annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of Botanical Art. We have also worked with many talented Bay Area artists to present provocative installations. Visit our Exhibitions page to see past and upcoming exhibitions.

July 9 · Contemplative Photography Workshop with Becky Jaffe – Contemplating Connection 
July 22 · Woodblock Printing Workshop with Erin McCluskey Wheeler
August 6 · Contemplative Photography Workshop with Becky Jaffe – Contemplating Gratitude
September 17 · Contemplative Photography Workshop with Becky Jaffe – Contemplating Loss
October 15 · Contemplative Photography Workshop with Becky Jaffe – Contemplating Desire

Families + Children

The Garden loves its budding botanists, and in addition to our beloved summer day camp, Green Stuff, the Garden offers monthly family programs uniquely designed for families to learn together.

August 25 · Apples & Hops Garden Festival
September 22 · A Kid’s Garden
October 27 · Weaving from Nature

Horticulture + Gardening

At the root of our programming, the Garden offers classes for the home gardener and botanist alike. Learn about how to prune trees, cultivate succulents, and incorporate new practices in garden design into your landscape.

If you have a “sick plant” question, the Garden hosts a free Sick Plant Clinic on the first Saturday of every month.  Check our calendar.

August 1 · Carnivorous Plants drop-in Discovery Station
September · Garden Design Workshop – Details coming soon

Nature + Fauna

We offer programs year-round exploring the natural world, including many of our faunal cohabitants. At these seasonal offerings, come learn more about mushrooms, lichen, birds, newts and programs on bats and owls too.

June 26 · Butterfly Walk
July 24 · Butterfly Walk
August 28 · Butterfly Walk

People + Plants

Ethnobotany is an interdisciplinary field that studies the relationship between plants and people. The Garden is ever inspired by the many incredible uses of plants around the world and strives to preserve this knowledge with a series of hands-on programming and cutting edge lectures to teach these skills.

June 19 · Crafting Cocktail Bitters from Plants
July 15 · Barrel-Aged Whiskey Tasting & Talk

Science + Research

Building on the world class research that takes place at UC Berkeley, the Garden presents work of UC faculty as well as local and international scholars.

May 17 · Redwood Ecology w/ Save the Redwood League 
May 23 · Restoring San Francisco’s Rare Manzanitas

Wellness + Music

Be. Here. Now. In addition to our world-class collection used by researchers and scientists, landscape architects and naturalists, the Garden, put simply, is just a beautiful place to be. To aid in cultivating mindfulness and presence, the Garden offers a new complement of programs that are designed to develop practices that inspire mind/body experiences and encourage you to be present, look more closely, and appreciate the Garden’s effect in new ways.

June 22 · Qigong with Director Eric Siegel 
June 27 · Elemental Yoga with Eugenia Park 
July 9, Aug 6, Sept 17, Oct 15  · Contemplative Photography with Becky Jaffe (see listing above in “Art”) 

June – August · Redwood Grove Summer Concerts. Every Thursday, plus special Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30pm. Visit our Summer Concerts webpage for information.

Past Featured Program Series

Science of Cannabis Symposium

The UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley presented a month-long series of weekly symposia on the Science of Cannabis. While the lines between the scientific and social issues surrounding Cannabis can be porous, the focus on this symposium will be to disseminate knowledge based upon scientific research. The lectures were recorded and available for you to view.

The Environmental Impact of Large Scale Cannabis Cultivation · Amanda Reiman, PhD
The Genetics of Cannabis Breeds · Mowgli Holmes, PhD
The Neuroscience of Cannabis · David Presti, PhD
The Ethnobotany of Cannabis · Thomas J. Carlson, MD/MS
Cannabis as Medicine · Donald I. Abrams, MD

Watch Lectures