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 peace and solace to many in these times of great turmoil. That said, be assured that the collection is being carefully and continually stewarded by our horticultural staff, so that when better times return, your favorite plants or locales will remain as you remember them.

Spring is about to arrive in the Garden and you will be able to experience the color and exuberance in the digital realm—we will be posting pictures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. We will regularly send updates of Garden happenings (the baby newts have arrived!) and I will use this time to compose new, “I’m Glad you Asked” columns (archived on our website).

In going forward, my intent is to keep in touch with you, our consistent and loyal supporters. We will notify you of any immediate changes and update you through our website and social media. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me (

I wish you good health and look forward to once again seeing you in the Garden.

Lew Feldman
Executive Director
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

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