“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 a place of hope, and we strive to exemplify a vision of a world that values the essential relationship between plants and people.

Though our gates may be temporarily closed, the Garden continues to grow. The collections are being cared for by our horticulturists, our seed bank is preserving material for the next generation, our public programs and outreach teams are planning exciting new engagement and learning opportunities, and so much more. Active preparations are being made for the day when our community – visitors, volunteers, members, friends, family and children of all ages – can safely return.

Irrespective of world events, the Garden requires constant care and attention. In light of COVID-19 restrictions, we have a skeleton staff caring for over 10,000 taxa across 34 acres. Temporary closure has impacted our ability to raise funds through admission and program fees, which in turn affects our ability to support the essential activities that keep this Garden growing.

This Earth Day, please consider helping sustain the Garden. You can show your support by sharing an image or story online in our House Planted series or, if you have the means to donate, please give today. Thanks from all of us at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Lew Feldman
Executive Director
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

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