About Us

Hours: Daily 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: (510) 642-3343

Welcome to the plant deck at the UC Botanical Garden. We are a commercial nursery located within the botanical garden; 100% of our proceeds go towards the garden’s operating expenses. When you buy a plant from us, you are directly supporting the UC Botanical Garden.

Visit the plant deck and see what we have to offer. Whether you’re landscaping your yard, looking for succulent dish garden gifts, or searching for that rare greenhouse addition, you’re sure to find it on the plant deck.

NURSERY AVAILABILITY LISTS - Click below for lists in these sections.

California Natives Cacti & Succulents Bulbs Tropical & Indoor Plants Nursery Vines Nursery

On the Deck

Known as cobra lilies (not to be confused with the California native Darlingtonia, a carnivorous  pitcher plant),  Chasmanthe is a winter-growing, South African genus of three species that is part of the Cape Flora, a group of plants that live around the cape and nowhere else on earth. It produces iris-like leaves arranged in a fan. The flowers are multi-colored, with shades of scarlet, orange, yellow and green. Dozens of blooms are alternately arranged on both sides of the spike and appear from midwinter to early spring. Chasmanthe grows in a wide range of soils and light levels. It is drought tolerant and goes dormant in the summer. Give it full to part sun.

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Chasmanthe bicolor
Cobra lilies
Photo by Nhu Nguyen

Here is a rosemary more desirable in the garden than the kitchen. It is a tall, upright shrub with unusual,  lavender-pink flowers.  It is a great plant for container gardening, especially when combined with lower growing herbs, or blooming annuals. Majorca Pinkproduces long branches that twist around the plant and then cascades, blooms sparsely but almost year-round and is hardy to 15°F. This evergreen shrub grows to 4‘tall.

Hastingsia alba
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Majorca Pink' 
Majorca Pink Rosemary

Here is selection made by former UCBG horticulturist Roger Raiche. It is named after a former UCBG horticulturist, Kurt Zadnik who was a specialist in cacti, succulents, and California flora. It forms an evergreen shrub to 3 ft. tall and up to 10 ft. wide. Blooming profusely in the spring, its flower buds are very dark, opening into rich indigo- blue flowers. Its low water needs, adaptability, and beauty makes it a great choice for the native or water-wise garden.

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Ceanothus griseus ‘Kurt Zadnik’ 
California Lilac

Volunteer in the Garden Shop!

Do you like plants and botanically themed books and gifts? Do you enjoy working with the public? Do you want to give back to your community? Come and volunteer in the Garden Shop! UC Botanical Garden Shop volunteers sell gifts, plants, books, greet visitors and provide information about the Garden and plants.The Garden Shop generates much-needed revenue for UCBG.

Requirements: Work a minimum of two three-hour shifts per month and commit to one year of volunteering. Find substitutes if unable to make shift. Willingness to provide excellent and friendly customer service. Transact sales using the cash register and charge machine according to Garden Shop Manual. Greet visitors to the Garden Shop, and as requested, provide information about the Garden and local community. Regularly familiarize yourself with the Shop's merchandise - gifts, plants, and books. Training and supervision provided. Criminal background check required for this volunteer position.

The Garden Shop is open daily 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM; volunteer shifts are available 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM or 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM weekdays and weekends, every other week. Full training and staff support is provided.

More than 200 volunteers support the Garden through educational and fund raising activities, generating an average of 2,000 hours of service each month. Volunteering in our Garden Shop is of great value to the Garden accomplishing its mission of plant conservation, education, and research.

Please note that public transportation to the Garden is not available on the weekends.

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at garden@berkeley.edu for more information.


For more information call 510-643-4495 or e-mail bryan_gim@berkeley.edu

Lapageria rosea Cultivars

Lapageria rosea, Chilean bellflower or copihue, is the national flower of Chile. The unusual special selections shown on the left are an exclusive offering of The UC Botanical Garden. For more information click here.