Peter Raven Talk
1 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Discovery Station: Cactus and Agave
3 | 11 am – 3 pm

Intoxicating Plants Tour
9 | 1 – 2 pm

Global Ethnobotany Class with Kathleen Harrison
12 | 10 am – 4 pm

Contemplating Connection: Photography Workshop
15 | 1 – 4 pm

Integral Taiji and Qigong
19 | 11 am – 12 pm

Butterfly Walk
23 | 3 – 4 pm

Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters
28 | 10 am – 4 pm

Redwood Grove Summer Concerts
Every Tuesday & Thursday


Contemplating Silence: Photography Workshop
5 | 1 – 4 pm

Discovery Station: Young Docents
7 | 11 am – 3 pm

Intoxicating Plants Tour
13 | 1 – 2 pm

Integral Taiji and Qigong
16 | 11 am – 12 pm

Butterfly Walk
27 | 3 – 4 pm

Redwood Grove Summer Concerts
Every Thursday

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.

July 15 · Contemplating Connection: Photography Workshop
July 28 · Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters
August 5 · Contemplating Silence: Photography Workshop
September 19 & 20 · Botanical Art: Edibles & Herbs 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.

June 16 · Bug Day / Family Day at the Garden
July 3 · Discovery Station: Cactus and Agave
August 7 · Discovery Station: Young Docents

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
August 24 – 25 · Book Sale

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
July 9 & August 13 · 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.

July 12 · Global Ethnobotany Class with Kathleen Harrison
August 24 – 25 · Book Sale
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.

July 1 · Peter Raven Talk
August 24 – 25 · Book Sale

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.

June 20 · Summer Solstice Sound Bath
June 21, July 19, & August 16 · Integral Taiji and Qigong

2019 Summer Concert Series 

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


Past Featured Program Series

Two models in nature-inspired outfits walking in the Redwood Grove

Runway in the Redwoods

A Nature-Inspired Fashion Show
Sunday, June 23 | 4 – 6 pm

The UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley presents RUNWAY IN THE REDWOODS, a unique Redwood Grove Fashion Show with original garments, textiles, and sculptural adornments featuring plant-based design and innovation directly inspired by the Botanical Garden.

As part of its Year of Ethnobotany celebration, the Botanical Garden is proud to have brought together as Designers-in-Residence an array of the Bay Area and California’s most talented textile artists and fashion designers to collaborate on this show.

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