The Garden hosts a diverse offering of public programs that providelearning 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.


Art + Design

You can take a variety of art courses at the UC Botanical Garden, each inspired by the natural world and our diverse collection of plants from around the world. The Garden hosts a regular series of botanical illustration courses and also one day workshops in watercolor, brush painting, drawing and other art forms. There are also flower arranging workshops and garden design workshops focused on container plantings.

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

October 28-29 · An Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters
November 12 ·  Origami: Where Art Meets Science
November 30 · Botanical Illustration: Winter / Holiday
December 3 · The 4 Treasures of Chinese Brush Painting: Plum Blossoms
December 6 · Evergreen Wreathmaking
December 12 · Botanical Crafting for the Holidays

Families + Children

The Garden loves it’s budding botanists, and in addition to our beloved summer day camp, Greenstuff, the Garden offers monthly family programs uniquely designed for families to learn together.

October 14 · Kid’s Cook from the Garden
October 22 · Japan in the Garden Family Day: Haiku, Brush Painting and more!
November 18 · Little Gardeners
December 9 · Holiday Nature Crafts

Horticulture + Gardening

At the root of our programming, the Garden offers classes for the home gardener and botanist alike. Learn about compost, how to prune, vegetable gardening basics and dive deep into the Australasian flora.

October 1 · Growing Chinese Medicinal Herbs
November 16 · Botanical Names Demystified

Nature + Fauna

The creatures of the natural world have a special allure. We teach programs year around in our many faunal cohabitants including monthly bird walks, seasonal newt explainers and programs on bats and owls too.

October 12 · Bay Area Bats
November 28 · Birdmania: Author talk and Book signing

Plus Monthly Bird and Butterfly Walks, check calendar for availability

Plants + People

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.

October 9· Discovery Station: California Indian uses of Plants

October 27· Pine Needle Basketry

Science + Research

Building on the world class research that takes place at UC Berkeley, the Garden presents work of UC faculty.

February 2018 · The Science of Cannabis (coming soon)

Wellness + Music

Be. Here. Now. In addition to our world-class collection used by researchers and scientists, landscape architects and designers, 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 inspired mind/body experiences and encourage you to be present, see what is in front of you and appreciate the Garden and it’s abundance in new ways.

October 4, 11, 18, 25 · Wellness Wednesdays: Yoga and Chai
October 10 · Yoga Walk through the Garden
November 14 · Yoga Walk through the Garden
December 21 · Winter Solstice Sound Bath

Save the date: Our Redwood Grove Summer Concert Series runs every Thursday, June – August. Tickets sell out fast and usually go on sale in May!