While in-person UC Botanical Garden programs are suspended during this time, we have wonderful virtual offerings! Please check here for the most current information or email gardenprograms@berkeley.edu with questions or to be added to a program wait list.


The Science Behind Forest Restoration in the Sierra Nevada
Thursday, October 1 | 1 – 2 pm

FULL: Blooming-in-Place: Contemplative Photography with Becky Jaffe
Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27 | 1:30 – 3 pm

“The Forests of California” Artist talk and book release with Obi Kaufmann
Thursday, October 8 | 1 – 2 pm

Botanical Art: Painting Fall Leaves with Catherine Watters
Friday, October 9 | 10 am – 3 pm

FAMILY PROGRAM | The Apple: Flower to Fruit Botany and Crafts
Saturday, October 17 | 10-10:45 am

Virtual Cider Tasting with Redfield Cider Bar + Bottle Shop
Sunday, October 18 | 4 – 5 pm

Butterflies of the UC Botanical Garden
Sunday, October 25| 11 am – 12 pm

Integral Taiji & Qigong

We invite you to participate in a virtual Integral Taiji & Qigong class with our resident instructor Elizabeth McAnally filmed in the Garden’s Redwood Grove. Elizabeth’s classes focus on the somatic, psycho-spiritual, ecological, and cosmological dimensions of taiji (tai chi). No prior experience necessary. Please consider making a donation to support our free programming


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Art + Design

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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.

October 6, 13, 20, 27 · Blooming-in-Place: an Online Contemplative Photography class with Becky Jaffe
October 9 · Botanical Art: Painting Fall Leaves 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 Discovery Stations every first free Wednesday of the month, and monthly family programs uniquely designed for families to learn together.

October 25 · Butterflies of the UC Botanical Garden

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.

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.

October 25 · Butterflies of the UC Botanical Garden Online

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.

September 26 · An Introduction to Painting with Turmeric, Tea, and Saffron with Saya Benham
October 1 · The Science Behind Forest Restoration in the Sierra Nevada
October 8 · “The Forests of California” Artist talk and book release with Obi Kaufmann

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.

October 1 · The Science Behind Forest Restoration in the Sierra Nevada

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. Visit the Redwood Grove Concerts page for our Summer Concert Series.

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


Past Featured Program Series

Connecting Plants and People: An Ethnobotanical Conversation

The Garden hosted its first-ever Ethnobotany Symposium on October 11-12, 2019. Over the course of two days, the vast discipline of ethnobotany was explored through a variety of lectures, hands-on workshops, tours, and demonstrations. The Garden hosted both local and world-renowned speakers and presented examples of the undeniable, multi-faceted relationship between people and plants. View the list of speakers, agenda, and photos from the event here.

Trees & Tones

The UC Botanical Garden hosted a four-part series, October through November 2018, 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 presented a month-long series of weekly symposia on the Science of Cannabis in February 2018. 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. Watch recorded lectures here.

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