Celebrate the Summer Solstice: Rosé and Roses

June 20 | 6 – 8 pm

Join us for a floriferous evening in the Garden of Old Roses for a delightful tasting of rose scented treats and a sampling of rosés from around the world. We will be joined by Garden Horticulturist Gideon Dollarhide who will tour guests through the rose collections. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Golden Gate bridge during the magical after hours in the Garden.

 $60, $50 members

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Herbaceous Liqueurs and Cocktails on the Herb Garden

August 15 | 6 – 8 pm

The smells and sights of summer will truly delight the senses on this lovely evening program on the Garden’s lawn overlooking the herb gardens. We will be tasting a variety of liqueurs made from the combinations of herbs with recipes dating back centuries. Take a walk through the plants that create these delights with Jason Bonham, the Garden’s Horticulturist for the Herb Garden Collections. Enjoy accompanying snacks to awaken your senses!

 $60, $50 members

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Japan in the Garden

August 13 · Traditional Japanese Joinery Construction

September 17 · Japanese Flower Arranging: Chabana/Ikebana

October 22 · Family Day at the Garden: Japanese Arts & Craft

November 12 · Where Art Meets Science: Origami

Past events

Harvest Dinner 2016

Harvest Dinner 2016

A Fundraiser for Education

Saturday, October 15 | 5:30 – 9 pm

Green Chile Cocktails from St. George Spirits * A Festive ‘Foods of the Americas’ meal and desserts by Los Moles * Small curated Silent Auction * Live Music by TARIMBA

In conjunction with our seasonal “Foods of the Americas” exhibit and programs, we invite you to a special dinner fundraiser.  Enjoy early-evening cocktails and music out in our Crops of the World Garden, followed by an authentic dinner and desserts by Los Moles restaurant, and a lively music performance from TARIMBA.

Funds from this dinner and silent auction will go towards a wide array of education projects, such as gratis field-trips for low-income youth, low-cost workshops, outreach programs to schools, monthly Family Programs, exhibits and interpretation in the Garden, just to name a few.  We hope you will celebrate with us and we thank you for your support!

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Performance by TARIMBA

TARIMBAtarimba is a collective of local Bay Area musicians who have embraced the traditional genre of Son Jarocho music. The core members of TARIMBA are experienced multi-instrumentalists and vocalists who are dedicated to son jarocho’s community-building ethos, playful lyrics, and improvisational sensibility.

Tarimba’ is another word for ‘tarima’, the wooden dance platform that serves as the heart of the Son Jarocho tradition of the Sotavento region of Mexico (comprising Southern Veracruz and parts of Northern Oaxaca and Tabasco). Son Jarocho reflects its Spanish, Arabic, African, Caribbean and Indigenous influences, and is played at community celebrations called Fandangos.

$100 / person.

No member discounts apply to this important fundraising event


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Oliver Ranch 2016

Oliver Ranch

This is the Garden’s second tour to Oliver Ranch.
Given the popularity of our first visit, it is expected to sell out quickly. Register now!

$250 / person.

$200 of which is a tax-deductible donation to the Garden.


The UC Botanical Garden is pleased to announce that tickets are now available for the much awaited tour of Oliver Ranch in Sonoma on Sunday September 11, 2016. This is an exclusive opportunity, made available only to groups donating the proceeds to non-profit organizations, to visit a property with many site-specific works by well-known artists such as Richard Serra, Andy Goldsworthy, Ann Hamilton, Bruce Nauman and many more.

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Located in the heart of Sonoma County, 70 miles north of San Francisco, and known internationally for its wineries and scenic pleasures, the Oliver Ranch is home to 18 remarkable site-specific installations; the most recent of which is Ann Hamilton’s The tower where commissioned dance, poetry, theatre, and music performances take place. The picturesque 100-acre property was originally bought by Steve and Nancy Oliver in 1981 to graze a few extra sheep from, as Steve says, “My daughter’s 4-H project gone bad.” The ranch’s evolution from exiled sheep quarters to world-renowned sculpture ranch was gradual and organic, a natural convergence of the Olivers’ longstanding passion for art and deep connection to the land.


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We are planning a very special day for you. Chartered bus service (no private cars allowed) leaving from and returning to the Botanical Garden, a tour of Oliver Ranch led by Steve Oliver or a trained docent, and a truly delightful wine country lunch tucked away under the oaks at the charming Mill Creek Winery in Healdsburg.

The bus will depart the UC Botanical Garden Sunday September 11 at 7:45am sharp and will return by 5pm (traffic pending).



Bug Day 2016

Bug Day

Sunday, June 19 | 11 am – 3 pm

Father’s Day

Limited on-site parking. Free shuttle service from Lawrence Hall of Science from 10:30am – 5:00pm.

The UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley presents “Bug Day”, a family-friendly interactive event that explores the world of insects. From plant-eating bugs to bug-eating plants, “good bugs” and “bad bugs,” insects that travel through water, soil or air, the beautiful and the bizarre, there is so much to discover. Visit over a dozen stations and booths presented by Garden Docents and community organizations featuring live insects, butterfly and bee crafts, honey tasting, and more!

Participating Organizations:

UCBG Docents
UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab
UC Essig Museum of Entomology
Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District
Insect Sciences Museum of California
Ohlone College
Merritt College
Pollinator Posse

Fall Harvest Dinner

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Saturday, October 17 | 5:30pm – 8pm

This gourmet dinner will be catered by our sponsor Gather Restaurant with desserts by Masse’s Pastries, wine from Donkey and Goat, and special cocktails from St. George Spirits enjoyed on the deck with live music. Pre-dinner remarks by Director Paul Licht and Professor Tom Carlson. All proceeds benefit the Garden’s education programs. This festive dinner will be held in our historic Julia Morgan Hall.

$125 per person, in celebration of our 125th Anniversary!

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125th Anniversary Party


Garden Party Celebration
Sunday, June 28th | 1 – 4 pm

The Garden will host a special 125th anniversary celebration. Please join us for delightful drinks and special sweets in the Garden. There will be music and interactive exhibits to entertain young and old alike!

Music By:
The Banjo Racketeers
Cal Marching Band
Tiny Rock Band

Introducing our new Herb Garden Brochure
Copies available at the event

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Members only: Adults $12.50, Children 5- 12 $5, under 5 free

Not a member? Special ‘Member for a Day’ tickets are Adults $25, Children 5- 12 $5, under 5 free

Thank You to our Sponsors


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