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To: Bryan gim


Volunteers needed for the Spring Plant Sale!
Can you help us in the hold and pick-up areas of the sale? Volunteers are needed to load and unload plants for customers on both days of the sale, as well as to keep the hold areas organized and running smoothly. High school students welcome! Email the volunteer coordinator for details and to sign up.

To: Perry Hall

Spring Plant Sale 2014

The Sale

Spring Plant Sale

Members' Sale and Silent Auction

4 pm - 7 pm

Public Sale

9 am - 2 pm

Spring Plant Sale 2014 Survival Guide COMING SOON

9 am - 2 pm

Our annual Spring Plant Sale is nearly here! We are featuring drought-resistant plants to keep your garden beautiful year-round. Our expert staff and volunteers can help you with plant selections,ways to save water in the garden, and other great ideas. We have an exciting selection of exotic and rare plants, including an expanded selection of Mediterranean-climate plants perfect for your water-wise garden.

Join Us for the Best Plant Party in Town

Members are invited to the preview and silent auction (4 - 7 pm). You will be treated to fine wines by JarvisTomei Wines and enjoy food from the
Bancroft Catering

Cacti and Succulents Volunteer Prop Paul and Chris Girl smelling a rose Volunteers Shoppers Serving wine Reception

Plant List

Plant List - Updated Regularly

Come shop for outstanding plants in an enchanting garden setting! We specialize in regionally-appropriate Mediterranean climate plants. We also sell rare cycads and palms, carnivorous plants, cacti and succulents, rare bulbs, Asian plants, glorious vines, tropical and houseplants, dry-growing Mexican and Central American plants, and much more. Shoppers can also pick up gardening tips and expert advice from the volunteers and staff members who will be on hand at the sale.

Quantities of some plants are limited so popular items may sell out quickly. Arrive early for the best selection, and bring a wagon and recycled boxes to carry your purchases.


Join Us for the Best Plant Party in Town

Members' Sale and Silent Auction

SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 4 pm - 7 pm

Members Posing

As always, members get a jump on things with the Members’- Only Preview Sale. This special preview includes coffee and tea and a silent auction of especially choice items from 4 - 6 pm If you’re a non-member and want to enjoy the benefits of this preview sale, sign up or renew a membership ahead of time and take advantage of the yearlong perks afforded members. Memberships and all proceeds help support the Garden.

To attend member-only hours, please present your valid membership card, or you may purchase a membership at the sale or online. Individual members are entitled to one admission only, for the member. If you wish to bring another member from your household, please upgrade to a family membership.

Family members are entitled to two admissions. If you wish to bring a guest please upgrade to a Family Plus membership and you will receive a one-time guest pass for the sale.

For more information, call the Membership Department at 510-643-1924 or write gardenmembership@berkeley.edu. Learn more about Garden membership on our Membership Central website. Join or renew online or at the door.

Serving Wine Silent Auction Food Silent Auction Members eating
Chris Carmichael Announcing

Join Us for the Best Plant Party in Town

Members' Sale and Silent Auction

Saturday | April 26| 4 - 6 pm

The Silent Auction offers enthusiasts and collectors the opportunity to bid on rare or unique plant for home gardens while enjoying wine and appetizers.

The Silent Auction will open at 5 p.m. and close promptly at 6:30 p.m. You must be present to win. There will be approximately 30 plants in the Auction. We have illustrated many of them on this page, and there will be last minute additions on the day of the sale. The Garden reserves the right to remove plants from the auction depending upon their condition at the time of the sale. All proceeds benefit the Garden.






  1. Two volunteers at the Fall Plant Sale BECOME A MEMBER: Members get in first. If you want first crack at the best stuff and you’re not a member, you can become a member at the gate or join now (link to membership central).
  2. MAKE A PLAN: Take a look at our sale map (link to map) so you know where to head for your favorite plants. Maps will also be available at the sale.
  3. BRING CASH, CHECK or CREDIT CARD: Checks may be made payable to UC REGENTS
  4. USE THE HOLD AREAS: When you’re ready we’ll deliver the plants out to the pickup area in the front of the Garden. It really works! You don’t have to carry your plants around with you while you’re shopping.
  5. BRING A WAGON: We often have more shoppers than wagons. If you’d like to be assured of having one, then it’s best to bring your own. Please do not bring oversize wagons – this will limit your access at the sale. We recommend wagons the size of our red radio flyers.
  6. ASK QUESTIONS: Our expert community of staff and volunteers know everything (…well, almost everything)! Take advantage of this great resource.
  7. PARKING: There's plenty of parking available for everyone. We have two free shuttles running continuously from the parking lot at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Note your parking space then pay for your parking at the parking kiosk where you can board the shuttle for the 5 minute ride to the Garden. Limited free parking is also available at the parking lot across the street from the Garden.


Girl smelling a rose, at the plant sale.

HOLD AREAS: We encourage you to use the two Hold Areas, where you can conveniently store your plants while you continue to shop. The Hold Areas are marked on the map; one is halfway down the road at the end of the Natives Section, the other is at the end of the road above of the Conference Center Building.
STEP 1: Drop off your plants at Hold; when you are through shopping a checker will tally your plants and give you a tally sheet. Your plants will then be delivered to the PICK UP area across the street from the entrance.
STEP 2: Take your tally sheet to the CASHIER near the Garden entrance. The Cashiers accept cash, check (made out to “UC REGENTS”, please remember to write your daytime phone number on the check) and credit cards.
STEP 3 (PICKUP): If you’re parked in the Botanical Garden lot, we will help you get your plants to the car. If you’re parked at the Lawrence Hall of Science, take the shuttle to your car and drive to the PICK UP area. Show your PAID cash register receipt to the pickup monitors, who will help you load your plants into your car.


STEP 1 (CHECK OUT): Take your plants to the CHECKER STATION, next to the Cashier. A checker will tally up your plants and give you a tally sheet.
STEP 2 (CASHIER): Take your tally sheet to the Cashier Station. The Cashiers accept cash, check (made out to “UC REGENTS”) and credit cards. Show your paid receipt to the Exit Monitor as you leave with your plants.
STEP 3 (PICKUP): If you’re parked in the Botanical Garden lot, you may simply head to your car. If you’re parked at the Lawrence Hall of Science, you may drop your plants off in the Pickup area, take the shuttle to your car and drive to the Pickup area. Show your PAID cash register receipt to the pickup monitors, who will help you load your plants into your car.



Edibles from the Garden:
Unusual and Vintage Herbs

We are excited to be continuing our new plant section focusing on unusual and hard to find herbs, in addition to a selection of what we consider to be the best herb varieties for culinary or ornamental use. The Garden has a long history of growing herbs, with the Herb Garden playing a prominent role among our ethnobotanical collections. We would like to introduce you to some of our favorite herbs which can be used for flavor, fragrance or simply their ornamental appeal.

Many herbs come from the Mediterranean basin, and as such they do very well in the summer dry, Mediterranean climate of the greater Bay Area. This is particularly true for rosemary, culinary thyme, many lavenders, oreganos – including both culinary and ornamental varieties, and culinary sage.

This year’s offering is just a start. Over time watch for new and interesting varieties.

Here are a few of the plants we will have at the sale:

    Calamintha sylvatica
    Lavandula angutifolia ‘Munstead’
    Melissa officinalis
    Mentha suavoleums
    Origanium sipyleum
    ‘Marshall’s Memory’
    Origanum libonicum
    Origanum syriacum
    Origanum vulgare

    Origanum vulgare ‘Dwarf Greek’
    Origanum vulgare ‘Golden’
    Oxalis peduncularis
    Rosmarinus ‘Curly’
    Rosmarinus ‘Gorizia’
    Rosmarinus ‘Majorca Pink’
    Rosmarinus ‘Tuscan Blue’
    Salvia elegans
    Satureja montana Winter Savory
    Teucrium chamaedrys
    Thymus ‘Foxley’
    Thymus ‘Golden Lemon'
    Thymus ‘Lime’
    Thymus hirsutus
    Thymus praecox ‘Coccineus’
    Thymus seryphyllum
    Thymus seryphyllum ‘Highland Cream’


Spring Plant Sale Raffle - COMING SOON

All proceeds benefit the UC Botanical garden. Cash/Checks only. Checks to Berkeley Foundation. Bring your address labels!

No need to be present to win if you write your phone or email on the ticket. If only the ticket number is drawn you must be present to win. If we have your phone/email we will contact you following the sale and arrange for you to receive your prize.



The Urban Farmer Store
2833 Vicente Street
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 661-2204

653 East Blithedale Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 380-3840

2121 San Joaquin Street
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 524-1604

JarvisTomei Wines
(510) 965-3167
(510) 965-3308



Bancroft Catering
2680 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 549-1000