Twilight Tuesdays

UC Botanical Garden Summer After Hours

Take a stroll, bring a picnic dinner, enjoy the magic of the Garden at dusk!

June – August, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays | 5 – 7:30 pm 

Free for Garden members, Half-off for non-members. Join or renew online or at the gate.

No entry after 7 pm. Garden shop open until 7 pm.

June 13

Carnivorous Plants with Corina Rieder

Come see carnivorous plants up close and find out first hand what they really eat. Horticulturist Corina Rieder will have hand lenses and pitchers (trap leaves) for you to examine.

Animals in the Garden

June 27

Garden Fauna with Chris Carmichael & Dixie Finley

Stop by our explainer table to learn more about Garden fauna from former Associate Director of Collections & Horticulture Chris Carmichael, and Volunteer Docent Dixie Finley. They will have a variety of faunal resources available to explore.

July 11

Plant Fragrances with Deepa Natarajan

Visit a table of plant fragrances and bring your sense of smell on a journey around the world! 

July 25

Butterflies with Sally Levinson & Andy Liu

Come chat with Sally Levinson, Garden Volunteer and Caterpillar Lady, and Butterfly Habitat Educator Andy Liu, about butterflies in the SF Bay Area. Check out a viewing table of live specimens.

August 8


Does chocolate really grow on trees?! Come discover where one of our favorite foods comes from, see the Theobroma cacao tree, learn about the process of making chocolate, and find out how monkeys help this plant grow. Docents will have an interactive display, including tastings.

August 22

Cactus and Agave

Garden docents will be present to explain the many uses of cactus and agave at the Garden’s Cactus & Agave Discovery Station. Discover how these plants have evolved to survive and thrive the harsh desert climate.