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.

March 10 & 14 · SOLD OUT Local Color Workshop
March 25 · Chinese Brush Painting: Chrysanthemum
April 10 · Seeing & Listening: A Painting and Drawing Workshop with Mimi Robinson 
May 10-11 · Botanical Illustration: Flowers with Catherine Watters

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.

March 17 · Magical Mini Moss Gardens
March 31 · Naturally Dyed Eggs, morning and afternoon

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.

April 11 · Practical Garden Design for the Home Gardener  (Take before the Spring Plant Sale, April 29!)
May 4 · Designing with Palms with Jason Dewees

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.

March 3 · Lichen Bio Blitz
April 20 · Spring Bird Walk
April 24 · 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.

March 18 · Papermaking with Plants
April 15 · Spoon Carving Workshop 
May 20 · Natural Perfume Workshop 

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.

April 5 · Fire Ecology in California
May 17 · Redwood Ecology w/ Save the Redwood League 

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.

Starting January 19 · Director Eric Siegel will offer Qigong in the Garden every two weeks. Check the calendar for the upcoming session.

*NEW* March 20Spring Equinox Sound Bath with Melissa Felsenstein

June – August Redwood Grove Summer Concert Series. Every Thursday, 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