The UC Botanical Garden is temporarily closed and all Garden programs are suspended during this time. We are canceling or postponing many programs as things evolve and will be updating this webpage and our calendar. Please check back for the most current information or email gardenprograms@berkeley.edu with questions.

March

iPhoneography with Yoni Mayeri
12 | 10 am – 3 pm

Flowing like Water: Integral Taiji and Qigong
13 | 11 am – 12 pm

Fiber and Dye Exhibit
14 – 31 | 10 am – 4 pm

Natural Dyes of Brazil with Eber Lopes-Ferreira
14 | 10 am – 4 pm

Color Colloquium: Brazil
15 | 10 am – 12:30 pm

Postponed: Panel Discussion: Diverse Perspectives on Conservation Action in California
18 | 6 – 8 pm

Postponed: Spring Equinox Sound Bath
19 | 10:30 – 11:30 am

Canceled: Twigs to Twine: Fiber Making with Tamara Wilder
21 | 10 am – 4 pm

Canceled: Creating Pigments from Plants with Judi Pettite
22 | 11 am – 3 pm

Canceled: Fiber and Dye Family Day
28 | 10 am – 2 pm

Postponed: Twined Sweetgrass Basket Weaving with Charlie Kennard
29 | 9:30 am – 4 pm

April

Canceled: Botanical Illustration: Spring Flowers with Catherine Watters
2 – 3 | 10 am – 4 pm

Local Color: Observing Place Through Color
10 | 10 am – 3 pm

Integral Taiji and Qigong
10 | 11 am – 12 pm

Conservation Talk: Oaks, Ferns, Magnolias, and Cycads
16 | 12 – 1 pm

Exhibit: Rare Native Plants of California and the Pacific Northwest
18 – 19 | 10 am – 4 pm

Medicinal Plant Cultivation in Techtropolis
19 | 10 am – 1 pm

Earth Day Book Release and Signing: California Wildflowers and Climate Change
22 | 6 – 8 pm

Spring Wellness Tea – Leaves and Flowers
28 | 6 – 8 pm

Spring Natural Perfume with Jessica Hannah
30 | 6 – 8 pm

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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.

March 12 · iPhoneography with Yoni Mayeri
March 14 – 31 · Fiber and Dye Exhibit
March 14 · Natural Dyes of Brazil with Eber Lopes-Ferreira
March 21 · Twig to Twine: Fiber Making with Tamara Wilder
March 22 · Creating Pigments from Plants with Judi Pettite
March 29 · Twined Sweetgrass Basket Weaving with Charlie Kennard
April 2 – 3 · Spring Flowers with Catherine Watters
April 10 · Observing Place Through Color with Mimi Robinson
April 18 – 19 · Exhibit: Rare Native Plants of California and the Pacific Northwest

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.

March 4 · Discovery Station: Newts and Pond Insects
March 28 · Fiber and Dye Family Day
April 1 · Discovery Station: Flowers

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 19 · Medicinal Plant Cultivation in Techtropolis

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.

March 15 · Color Colloquium: Brazil
March 22 · Creating Pigments from Plants with Judi Pettite
April 28 · Spring Wellness Tea – Leaves and Flowers
April 30 · Spring Natural Perfume with Jessica Hannah

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.

March 15 · Color Colloquium: Brazil
April 16 · Conservation Talk: Oaks, Ferns, Magnolias, and Cycads
April 22 · Earth Day Book Release and Signing

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.

March 13 · Flowing like Water: Integral Taiji and Qigong
March 19 · Spring Equinox Sound Bath
April 10 · Integral Taiji and Qigong

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

Calendar

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