All in-person UC Botanical Garden events are suspended during this time. Please check back for the most current information or email gardenprograms@berkeley.edu with questions.

Annual Events

Spring Plant Sale

Last weekend of April

Buy rare cycads and palms, carnivorous plants, succulents, subtropicals, houseplants, and much more. Waterwise gardening is a sensible and responsible way of protecting our natural resources. The Garden is committed to providing customers a wonderful selection of drought-resistant plants from around the world including an enhanced selection of California natives and a wide array of plants for lawn replacements. There is something for everyone at the plant sale!

Bug Day

Mid-June

The UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley presents Bug Day, a family-friendly interactive event that explores the world of insects. From plant-eating bugs to bug-eating plants, “good bugs” and “bad bugs,” insects that travel through water, soil or air, the beautiful and the bizarre, there is so much to discover. Visit over a dozen stations and booths presented by Garden Docents and community organizations featuring live insects, butterfly and bee crafts, honey tasting, and more!

Apples & Hops

End of summer

Live music, local breweries, and festival food: celebrate two favorite plants with us in the Garden! A day festival with pours from local breweries and cider-makers, artisanal snacks and apples, childrens crafts, and live music on the sunny UC Botanical Garden lawn. Elevate your experience with a visit to the Spirits Tasting Room featuring a variety of local distilleries and exclusive after-event concert in the Redwood Grove!

Fall Plant Sale

Last weekend of September

Fall is the best time to plant and tend to your garden, shop our wide selection of plants for all your needs. The Garden’s expert staff and volunteers take pride in the plants we grow and propagate. We’ll be here to answer questions, give advice, and talk plants!

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Mid-December

Enjoy holiday shopping at our special seasonal event in the Garden’s Julia Morgan Hall. Choose from a selection of curated gifts from the Garden and local vendors. Proceeds from your holiday purchases will directly benefit the Garden.

Plus Monthly Bird and Butterfly Walks, check our calendar for availability

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Notable Events

Runway in the Redwoods

On Sunday, June 23, 2019, the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley hosted Runwayin the Redwoods: A Nature-Inspired Fashion Show. The unique Redwood Grove Fashion Show featured original garments, textiles, and sculptural adornments created in collaboration directly inspired by the Garden. Designers-in-Residence created a collaborative show on themes of Seeds, Growth, Bloom, and Decay/Transformation featuring plant-based design and innovation. View photos and a video of the event here.

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Oliver Ranch Tour

Located in the heart of Sonoma County, 70 miles north of San Francisco, and known internationally for its wineries and scenic pleasures, the Oliver Ranch is home to 18 remarkable site-specific installations; the most recent of which is Ann Hamilton’s The tower where commissioned dance, poetry, theatre, and music performances take place. The picturesque 100-acre property was originally bought by Steve and Nancy Oliver in 1981 to graze a few extra sheep from, as Steve says, “My daughter’s 4-H project gone bad.” The ranch’s evolution from exiled sheep quarters to world-renowned sculpture ranch was gradual and organic, a natural convergence of the Olivers’ longstanding passion for art and deep connection to the land.

Fall Harvest Dinner

Funds from this dinner and silent auction will go towards a wide array of education projects, such as gratis field-trips for low-income youth, low-cost workshops, outreach programs to schools, monthly Family Programs, exhibits and interpretation in the Garden, just to name a few.  We hope you will celebrate with us and we thank you for your support!