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.

September 9 – Botanical Inks Workshop and Book Release
September 17 · Contemplative Photography Workshop with Becky Jaffe – Contemplating Loss
October 15 · Contemplative Photography Workshop with Becky Jaffe – Contemplating Desire
October 21Carve Your Own Butter Knife with Hannah Beatrice Quinn
October 25 & 26Drawing from Trees with Karen LeGault 
November 10Hand Block Printing with Natural Dyes 
November 29 & 30 Botanical Illustration: Winter & Holiday Subjects 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.

September 22 · A Kid’s Garden
October 27 · Weaving from Nature

Horticulture + Gardening

At the root of our programming, the Garden offers classes for the plant enthusiast, home gardener and botanist alike. Learn about the people and places that have shaped conservation and landscape design practices, 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.

September 13 · Witness Trees 
October 11Hardy Californians: Lester Rowntree
October 14 – Garden Goddesses: Four California Women and Their Legendary Gardens
November 1 – Talking with the Trees: John Muir’s Nature Spirituality
November 14 – Trees of the UC Berkeley Campus

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.

September 25 · Butterfly Walk
October 7 Bay Area Bats
October 19Fall Bird Walk with Chris Carmichael 
October 23 · 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.

September 19 · Seasonal Tea Blending for Fall 
September 20Book Talk: Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply 
September 23Aromatic Tree Resins for Incense 
October 16 Natural Perfume Workshop 
November 4Pine Needle Basketry

TREES & TONES – Explore the history and sounds of wooden instrument traditions in this unique lecture and concert series

October 26African Blackwood
November 4 Guitars 
November 11Sitars & Tamburas 
November 18Pau Brasil Tree 

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.

May 17 · Redwood Ecology w/ Save the Redwood League 
May 23 · Restoring San Francisco’s Rare Manzanitas

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.

September 5, 12, & 26 · Elemental Yoga with Eugenia Park 
Sept 17, Oct 15  · Contemplative Photography with Becky Jaffe (see listing above in “Art”) 
Sept 26, Oct 24, & Nov. 28  – Forest Bathing with Hana Lee Goldin 
September 23Fall Equinox Sound Bath with Inner Sounds Yoga 

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