Traditional Tea Ceremony and Contemporary Koto Performance
April 21 | 4 – 7 pm
Join us to kick off our year of Japanese events at the UC Botanical Garden in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Berkeley – Sakai sister city organization. Meet the mayors of both cities and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, with exceptional tea, wine, and live koto performance.
Sakai City is the birthplace of the Chanoyu Tea Ceremon, perfected by Sen-no Rikyu, who lived and worked in Sakai. The tea ceremony will be performed by the Urasenke Foundation with matcha tea from Sakai. The Mayor of Sakai, the Chair of Sakai City Council, and the Mayor of Berkeley will join us at the UC Botanical Garden. Following the tea ceremony will be a performance by the Murasaki Ensemble presenting contemporary music written for traditional chamber koto.
$50 (in honor of the 50th anniversary)
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!
Performance by TARIMBA
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
Oliver Ranch 2016
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.
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.
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
Sunday, June 19 | 11 am – 3 pm
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!
UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab
UC Essig Museum of Entomology
Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District
Insect Sciences Museum of California
Fall Harvest Dinner
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!
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!
Introducing our new Herb Garden Brochure
Copies available at the event
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