CELBRATING PLANTS + PEOPLE
Plants Illustrated Exhibition
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.
6 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mushrooms in the Garden
24 – 25 | 10 am – 4 pm
Introduction to Botanical Art Class with Catherine Watters
26 | 10 – 11 am
FAMILY PROGRAM: Kids and Spices
31 | 10 – 11:30 am
Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of
Everything with Margareta Séquin
8 | 10 – 11:30 am
Ethnobotany of Eden Book Talk & Signing with Robert A Voeks
10 | 10 am – 12 pm
Dry Roast Film Screening, Panel Discussion, and Coffee Tasting
12 | 12 – 1 pm
Ethnobotany of Medicinal Moss with Eric Harris
19 | 10 – 11:30 am
Ethnobotanical Insights into Biblical Life and Language
21 | 6 – 8 pm
Kava Tasting and Talk with MeloMelo Kava Bar
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
9 | 10 am – 12 pm
The Chemistry of Color with Margareta Séquin
16 | 10 am – 2 pm
FAMILY PROGRAM: Fiber and Dye Family Day
17 | 1 – 4 pm
Seasonal Color Palette: Dyeing GREEN with Sasha Duerr
23 | 10 am – 4 pm
String Making with Sticks with Tamara Wilder of Paleotechnics
28 – 29 | Two-day 9:30 am – 1 pm
Beyond Mordants: Natural Dye Intensive with Michel Garcia
30 | 11 am – 4 pm
Making Paints from Plants with Judi Petitte of BioHue
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.
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