Lewis Feldman, Garden Director Beginning Monday, March 2nd, the Tropical House will close to the public through early 2021. The Tropical Touse closure will allow horticultural staff to properly prepare for the renovation that is slated to begin this summer. The glass panels will be removed and a new, protective, transparent “wall” will be installed….

Lewis Feldman, Garden Director The UC Botanical Garden has recently been notified that one of our main Garden buildings, Julia Morgan Hall, is among the 2020 WoodWorks’ U.S. Wood Design Award winners, presented by the Wood Product Council. The WoodWorks award program “celebrates excellence in wood building design…the winning projects are a kind of bellwether for…

Dr. Lew Feldman, Garden Director The genius of Charles Darwin was his ability to predict systems of interactions that take place in the natural world without seeing them for himself. One such case is the orchid plant Angraecum sesquipedale, commonly known as Darwin’s Orchid. Darwin observed this orchid on an expedition to its native habitat…

Lewis Feldman, Garden Director Former Garden Director Watson “Mac” Laetsch died in the early morning of January 5th. He was 86 and had accomplished much during his nearly 30 years at Berkeley, including serving as Botanical Garden Director from 1969-1973. As Mara Melandry notes in her book, The History of the University of California Botanical Garden…

Dr. Lew Feldman, Garden Director Epiphytes are plants that grow on other plants and thus their roots are not connected to the soil, but rather are often in direct contact with the atmosphere. Consequently, the only opportunity these roots (aerial roots) have to obtain most of their moisture is when it rains, which, in the…

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