Plants Illustrated Exhibition
Celebrating Ethnobotany

January 18 – February 6 | 10 am – 4 pm, daily

Join us for the 10th annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of botanical art in the Garden’s lovely Julia Morgan Hall. This year, the members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are presenting the theme of Plants + People in this special exhibition titled “Celebrating Ethnobotany.”

Entrance to the exhibit is free with Garden admission.



18 | 11 am – 12:30 or 2 – 3:30 pm
Biblical and Talmudic Botany Walk with Jon Greenberg


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

9 – 31 | Daily 10 am – 4 pm
Fiber and Dye Exhibit
+ Self-guided Plant Tour brochure

31 | 9:30 am – 1 pm
North American Indigo Colloquium
co-presented with Slow Fiber Studio


Winter Public Programs

The Garden hosts a diverse offering of public programs that provide learning opportunities in a variety of plant-based topics. Discover the many ways in which you can engage and experience the Garden. Visit our Calendar for more details, registration, and the most up-to-date program listings.


Art + Design

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.

January 24 – 25 · Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters

Families + Children

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

January 26 · Kids and Spices
February 9 · A Botanical Valentine Tea (morning or afternoon)
March 16 · Fiber and Dye Family Day

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 20 · Spring Equinox Sound Bath

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.

February 7 · Bird Walk with Chris Carmichael

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

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

Science + Research

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

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