YEAR OF

Ethnobotany

CELBRATING PLANTS + PEOPLE

Fiber & Dye Exhibit: March 9 - 31, 10 am - 4 pm

Come view our newly updated, colorful, and tactile exhibit celebrating the world of plant dyes and fibers. From traditional uses to inspired future innovation in eco-fashion and textiles, a walk through our exhibit illuminates the connection of culture with nature. Register for the programs below for a deeper understanding of fibers and dyes!

Free with Garden Admission


MARCH

3 | 10 am – 1 pm
Psychedelic Plants with Kathleen Harrison of Botanical Dimensions

8 | 11 am – 12 pm
Integral Taiji and Qigong

20 | 12 – 1 pm
Spring Equinox Sound Bath


APRIL

5 | 10 am – 4 pm
Global Ethnobotany Class with Kathleen Harrison

9 |12 – 1 pm
Plants + People Lunchtime Lecture: Evolution and Domestication of Bomarea edulis

10 – 11 | 10 am – 12 pm
Local Color: Observing Place Through Color with Mimi Robinson

12 |10 am – 12 pm
Plants, Bugs, and Molecules Book Talk with Dr. Margareta Sequin

13 – 24 |10 am – 4 pm
Exhibit: The Art of David Lance Goines

14 | 9:30 am – 4 pm
Twined Sweetgrass Basket with Charlie Kennard

16 | 6 – 8 pm
David Lance Goines Artist Talk and Opening Reception

17 & 30 | 2 – 3 pm
California Natives: Plants and People Tours

20 | 10 – 11 am or 12:30 – 1:30 pm
FAMILY PROGRAM: Naturally Dyed Eggs

24 | 6 – 8 pm
Making California Native Bitters
with Katie Shea of Golden Bear Bitters


MAY

2 | 10 am – 12 pm
The Art of Arranging with Edible Flowers

3 | 10 am – 4 pm
Global Ethnobotany with a Local Focus: A Four Part Course with Kathleen Harrison

9 – 10 | 10 am – 4 pm
Botanical Illustration: Flowers with Catherine Watters

11 | 10:30 am or 1 pm
FAMILY PROGRAM: Mother’s Day Floral Crafting

12 | 10 am – 12 pm
A Botanical Mother’s Day Tea

14 | 12 – 1 pm
Plants + People Lecture: A more livable world: Indonesian Ecology, agriculture, and autonomy

15 | 10 am – 12 pm
American Eden Book Talk with Victoria Johnson

16 | 9:30 – 11 am
Bird Walk with Chris Carmichael

21 | 2 – 4 pm
The Art of Flower Arranging with Lennie Larkin of B-Side Flowers

25 | 10 am – 12 pm
Botanical Perfume Workshop: A focus on florals with Jessica Hannah

29 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
iPhoneography with Yoni Mayeri

31 | 10 am – 3 pm
Drawing on the Run with Karen Le Gault

View Programs by Theme

Art + Design

Mimi Robinson, mimirobinsondesign.com

Art courses at the UC Botanical Garden are inspired by the natural world and our diverse plant collection. The Garden offers regular botanical illustration courses, as well as one day workshops in watercolor, brush painting, drawing and other art forms.

The Garden hosts indoor art exhibitions each year, including our annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of Botanical Art. We have also worked with many talented Bay Area artists to present provocative installations. Visit our Exhibitions page to see past and upcoming exhibitions.

April 10 & 11 · Local Color Workshop
April 14 · Basketry – Charles Kennard
May 2 ·
 The Art of Arranging with Edible Flowers
May 9 – 10 · Botanical Illustration: Flowers with Catherine Watters

Families + Children

The Garden loves its budding botanists, and in addition to our beloved summer day camp, Green Stuff Camp, the Garden offers monthly family programs uniquely designed for families to learn together.

March 16 · Fiber and Dye Family Day

Horticulture + Gardening

At the root of our programming, the Garden offers classes for the plant enthusiast, home gardener and botanist alike. Learn about the people and places that have shaped conservation and landscape design practices, and incorporate new practices in garden design into your landscape.

First Saturday of every month · Sick Plant Clinic

April TBA · Spring Garden Design workshop
May 2 · The Art of Arranging with Edible Flowers

Nature + Fauna

We offer programs year-round exploring the natural world, including many of our faunal cohabitants. At these seasonal offerings, come learn more about mushrooms, lichen, birds, newts and programs on bats and owls too.

People + Plants

Ethnobotany is an interdisciplinary field that studies the relationship between plants and people. The Garden is ever inspired by the many incredible uses of plants around the world and strives to preserve this knowledge with a series of hands-on programming and cutting edge lectures to teach these skills.

See above for the Year of Ethnobotany

March 31 · North American Indigo Colloquium
Four-Part Class: April 5, May 3, June 7, July 12 · Global Ethnobotany Class with Kathleen Harrison
April 9 · Plants + People Lunchtime Talk: Story of a pre-Columbian crop plant — Bomarea edulis
October 11-12 · Ethnobotany International Symposium

Research + Conservation

Building on the world-class research that takes place at UC Berkeley, the Garden presents work of UC faculty and scientists, as well as local and international scholars and botanists.

April 9 · Plants + People Lunchtime Talk: Story of a pre-Columbian crop plant — Bomarea edulis
April 12 · “Plants, Bugs, and Molecules”

Wellness + Music

Be. Here. Now. In addition to our world-class collection used by researchers and scientists, landscape architects and naturalists, the Garden, put simply, is just a beautiful place to be. To aid in cultivating mindfulness and presence, the Garden offers a new complement of programs that are designed to develop practices that inspire mind/body experiences and encourage you to be present, look more closely, and appreciate the Garden’s effect in new ways. (See “Redwood Grove Concerts” for our Summer Concert Series.)

March 8 · Integral Taiji and Qigong
March 20 · Spring Equinox Sound Bath

Visit our Calendar for more details, registration, and the most up-to-date program listings.

Calendar

Past Featured Program Series

Trees & Tones

The UC Botanical Garden hosted a four-part series that highlighted the relationship between music and plants as seen in instrument making and musical traditions throughout the world. Each lecture was accompanied by a concert or demonstration.

African Blackwood – Oboes · Brenda Schuman-Post, Sonic Forest
Resonating Woods – Classical & Folk Guitars · John F Mello, Peter Zisa, TARIMBA
Trees & Gourds – Sitars & Tamburas · J Scott Hackleman, Joanna Mack, Ferhan Quereshi
Pau-Brasil – Violin & Cello Bows · Zac Cande, Lisa Grodin

Science of Cannabis Symposium

The UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley presented a month-long series of weekly symposia on the Science of Cannabis. While the lines between the scientific and social issues surrounding Cannabis can be porous, the focus on this symposium will be to disseminate knowledge based upon scientific research. The lectures were recorded and available for you to view.

The Environmental Impact of Large Scale Cannabis Cultivation · Amanda Reiman, PhD
The Genetics of Cannabis Breeds · Mowgli Holmes, PhD
The Neuroscience of Cannabis · David Presti, PhD
The Ethnobotany of Cannabis · Thomas J. Carlson, MD/MS
Cannabis as Medicine · Donald I. Abrams, MD

Watch Lectures