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 behind-the-scenes activity, including tree…

UC Berkeley Facilities Services is conducting an Evacuation Support Project for Centennial Drive in December, January, and February. 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 stadium)….

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…

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 research, from genetic studies…

  Inaugural blog posts are like starting a new diary. We swear that we will make entries every day only to find the diary ten years later with a few pages filled in…the Internet is littered with various blogs I have started! But there is so much to talk about at the UC Botanical Garden…

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