Dr. Lew Feldman, Garden Director The onset of fall brings cooler weather, shorter days, and brilliant color seen across a range of plants. We are presented with stunning displays of orange, yellow, red and purple leaves. What causes the foliage to change color? The environmental cues that make a plant ready for winter are typically…

Christine Manoux, Director of Education and Visitor Engagement; Cat Callaway, Horticulturist On Monday, October 10, 2022 (Indigenous People’s Day), the Garden hosted a special event for the public in our Crops of the World Garden collection in partnership with the local cultural group Indigenous Permaculture (IP). In this area, the Garden arranges plantings of food crops based on areas…

Press Release | by Krista Vossekuil, Development Director The UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley (Garden, www.botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu) is usually bursting with blooms this time of year, but one section is a standout among wide-eyed visitors and staff. The spectacular Southern African Collection, located southeast of the entrance kiosk, is overflowing with an almost unbelievable splash of color…

Sophia Warsh, Horticulturist | California As spring progresses, poppies (Eschscholzia and Papaver) are everywhere in California! But there are some other members of the poppy family (Papaveraceae) to explore – Dendromecon and Romneya, California’s shrubby poppies.  Dendromecon, which is greek for tree poppy, is a shrub to small tree native to California. The species we…

James Fong, Horticulturist | Asia, Australasia As you take a stroll into the Australasia collection this time of year, you may notice the giant tree ferns or the magnificent rimu, but dive deeper into the collection, and you will find the vibrant, glowing, cone-like structures sitting in the trees and shrubs like ornaments on a…

Ethan Fenner, Horticulturist | Southern Africa Plants have evolved a variety of ways to protect themselves under less-than-ideal conditions. In the Western Cape Province of South Africa, where rainfall is limited to wintertime, species must find ways of making it through long periods of drought. It is advantageous for plants to develop some kind of…

Red dragonfly perched on a twig

Jan O. Washburn, Entomologist & Garden Volunteer Sarab Seth, Photographer & Garden Volunteer Dragonflies and damselflies are conspicuous insects that can be seen in the Garden throughout much of the year. These insects (Order Odonata) have been living on earth virtually unchanged for over 300,000,000 years and were one of the first insects to take…

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Ethan Fenner, Horticulturist A visit to the Southern African collection is rewarding any day of the year. Walking south along the main road, just past the Arid House, you’ll find the sloped beds representing an ecoregion known, generally, as “Karoo.” Derived from a KhoeKhoegowab word meaning “Land of thirst” (1), the Karoo beds are home to…

Anthony Garza, Supervisor of Horticulture & Grounds Roses are red violets are blue these here roses are missing you Over and gone the season will arc so grow Rosa roxburghii it really has bark Only one bloom but fabulous hips your simple beauty let’s come to grips Despite my heavy (read: absurdly biased) preference for…

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