“Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – Emily Dickinson Dear Friends of the UC Botanical Garden, This Earth Day at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, we are all practicing resilience. Our Garden is…

Dear Friends of the UC Botanical Garden, As many of you know, we intended to keep the Garden open with free admission during the coronavirus pandemic. However, in light of new requirements from public health officials we have temporarily closed the UC Botanical Garden. I am deeply saddened by this development, since the Garden offers…

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…

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…

Lewis Feldman, Garden Director After much discussion, the decision has been made to close the Garden on the third Tuesday of every month, in addition to the already scheduled closure on the first Tuesday of every month, starting on January 7, 2020. Maintaining the UC Botanical Garden at a high level, requires a lot of…

UC Berkeley Facilities Services is conducting an Evacuation Support Project for Centennial Drive in December, January, February, and March. The goal is to ensure that Centennial is passable during an emergency (fire, earthquake, etc.). The Garden will be accessible either from above (along Centennial from Grizzly Peak Boulevard) or below (along Centennial Drive from the…

I come to this position having spent 40 years on the Berkeley faculty, first as a member of the Botany Department and later in its successor, the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. My research interests were focused on the controls for growth and development in plants, with an emphasis on root development. Along the…

Doing Our Part for the Drought

Dear Garden Family, There has been a major change in the administration of the Garden; namely, as of October 16, Eric Siegel has moved from the Garden to work on special projects for the UC Berkeley Campus and I have been asked to return as Interim Director through the remainder of the current academic year…

Eric Siegel, Garden Director The Garden has a tripartite mission:  research, education, and conservation.  I have spent many years working with botanists at the NY Botanical Garden to support their global research agenda, and engaged closely with the NYBG Herbarium to support that collection of several million dried plant specimens that are critical to botanical…

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