Discovery Station: Corn and Teosinte
4 | 11 am – 3 pm

Apples and Hops Festival
8 | 2 – 5 pm

Plants + People Lunchtime Talks
10 | 12 – 1 pm

Grape Vine: Brushpainting with Karen LeGault
13 | 10 am – 3 pm

Princes of Plants, Trees of Life: How People Use Palms
14 | 10 – 11:30 am

Contemplating Gratitude: Photography Workshop
16 | 1 – 4 pm

Intoxicating Plants Tour
17 | 1 – 2 pm

Botanical Illustration: Edibles and Herbs with Catherine Watters
19 – 20 | 10 am – 4 pm

Integral Taiji and Qigong
20 | 11 am – 12 pm

Fall Equinox Sound Bath
22 | 10:30 – 11:30 am

Butterfly Walk
24 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm & 3 – 4 pm


Discovery Station: Fruit and Seeds
2 | 11 am – 3 pm

Sunflower: Brushpainting with Karen LeGault
4 | 10 am – 3 pm

Contemplating Home: Photography Workshop
7 | 1 – 4 pm

Integral Taiji and Qigong
18 | 11 am – 12 pm

Butterfly Walk
22 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm & 3 – 4 pm

Fall Bird Walk
24 | 9:30 – 11 am

2019 International Symposium

Connecting Plants and People: An Ethnobotanical Conversation
Friday – Saturday, October 11 – 12

View Programs by Theme

Art + Design

Mimi Robinson,

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 4 · Sunflower: Brushpainting with Karen LeGault
October 7 · Contemplating Home: Photography Workshop
November 3 · Pine Needle Basketry with Judith Thomas
November 8 · Persimmon: Brushpainting with Karen LeGault
December 5 & 6 · Botanical Illustration: Winter & Holiday 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.

September 4 · Discovery Station: Corn and Teosinte
October 2 · Discovery Station: Fruit and Seeds

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

September 29 · Fall Plants Sale (horticultural staff and volunteers available to answer your garden questions!)

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.

Butterfly Walks – every 4th Tuesday 3 – 4 pm, free with admission
September 17 & October 24 · Intoxicating Plants Tour

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 10 · Plants + People Lunchtime Talks
September 14 · Princes of Plants, Trees of Life: How People Use Palms
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.

September 10 · Plants + People Lunchtime Talks

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.

September 8 · Apples and Hops Festival
September 20 & October 18 · Integral Taiji and Qigong
September 22 · Fall Equinox Sound Bath

2019 Summer Concert Series 

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


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