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Monday, January 1, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Garden Closed

Special Event | January 2 – December 4, 2018 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


The garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed one day a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need one day per month to complete jobs that may pose safety risks to visitors, such as dropping tree limbs, renovating paths, or controlling pests.

-I’m only in Berkeley for one day from...   More >



Parking Lot Closure

Special Event | January 2 – 6, 2018 every day |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


The Garden Parking Lot will be closed January 2 – 5 & 12
(see the 'Plan Your Visit' tab on our website for further information)
We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you in the Garden soon.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Parking Lot Closure

Special Event | January 2 – 6, 2018 every day |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


The Garden Parking Lot will be closed January 2 – 5 & 12
(see the 'Plan Your Visit' tab on our website for further information)
We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you in the Garden soon.



Free Wednesday at the Garden

Special Event | January 3 – December 5, 2018 the first Wednesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.



Newt Discovery Station

Special Event | January 3 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Canceled


Botanical Garden


Newts return! Each year, the winter rains prompt newts to migrate to the Garden’s Japanese Pool where their mating behaviors can be easily observed. Docents will be on hand to provide garden visitors with an up-close look at newts at all stages of their life cycle, and to answer questions about these amazing and adorable animals. Free with Garden admission.


All Audiences

All Audiences



Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | February 1, 2017 – December 5, 2018 the first Wednesday of the month every month with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Parking Lot Closure

Special Event | January 2 – 6, 2018 every day |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


The Garden Parking Lot will be closed January 2 – 5 & 12
(see the 'Plan Your Visit' tab on our website for further information)
We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you in the Garden soon.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Parking Lot Closure

Special Event | January 2 – 6, 2018 every day |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


The Garden Parking Lot will be closed January 2 – 5 & 12
(see the 'Plan Your Visit' tab on our website for further information)
We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you in the Garden soon.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Parking Lot Closure

Special Event | January 2 – 6, 2018 every day |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


The Garden Parking Lot will be closed January 2 – 5 & 12
(see the 'Plan Your Visit' tab on our website for further information)
We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you in the Garden soon.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.



Introduction to Botanical Art Class with Catherine Watters

Workshop | January 11 – 12, 2018 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Canceled


Botanical Garden


This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.


$190, $175 members

Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.



Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Friday, January 12, 2018

Parking Lot Closure

Special Event | January 12 |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


The Garden Parking Lot will be closed January 2 – 6 & 12
(see the 'Plan Your Visit' tab on our website for further information)
We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you in the Garden soon.



Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.



Introduction to Botanical Art Class with Catherine Watters

Workshop | January 11 – 12, 2018 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Canceled


Botanical Garden


This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.


$190, $175 members

Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.



FAMILY PROGRAM: Trees and Birds

Workshop | January 13 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Visit the botanical art exhibit "Celebrating Trees", take a tree walk, learn about nests and the winter birds of the Garden. Using materials from the garden, make a mini nest of your own to take home!


All Audiences, Children

All Audiences

$15 Adult/Child, $12 Member Adult/Member Child

Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.



Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.



Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.



Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >



The Royal Alcazar of Seville

Lecture | January 18 | 4-6 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


The UC Botanical Garden is pleased to host author and scholar, Mervyn Samuel for an illustrated lecture on the palace and gardens of the Royal Alcázar of Seville, the oldest royal residence in Europe still used for its original purpose. The talk will showcase the historical context of the Alcázar going back to Roman times and the influence of the Islamic presence in Spain. After 1492 Seville, and...   More >


All Audiences

$20 / $15 UCBG Member

Register online.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Winter Bird Walk

Tour/Open House | January 19 | 9:30-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join us as we search for flocks of winter sparrows, bright yellow warblers, and perhaps and elusive red sapsucker. We also hope to welcome some of our earliest migrating hummingbirds back to the garden this month! Led by Ornithologist Chris Carmichael.


$20, $18 members

Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.



Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.



Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Workshop | January 19 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join UCBG Director, Eric Siegel, for a morning practice in Qigong (pronounced cheegong), a form of meditative exercise with repeated movements, gently stretching the core and limbs and building body awareness.


Free with Garden Admission

Register online.



Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Members' Morning Preview: Plant's Illustrated

Exhibit - Painting | January 20 | 9-10 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden, Julia Morgan Hall


Botanical Garden


Members, come spend a special members-only hour in our Plants Illustrated: Celebrating Trees exhibit.

Morning Reception will include light refreshments and an opportunity to talk to artists from the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists.

This event is for current members only. Members may bring one non-member guest. Registration is required.


Register online.



Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.



Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.



Lichen Dye Workshop

Workshop | January 21 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


This class and workshop will provide an overview and history of lichen dyes followed by information on the methodologies of creating lichen dye baths. We will heat up some dyes and add fiber samples (provided). While the dye lichens are doing their work, Shelly will lead class participants on a walk in the surrounding area to look for lichens in the Garden. We will learn some common lichen...   More >


$85 / $75 Garden Members

Sold out.



Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Monday, January 22, 2018

Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Fundamentals of Pruning

Workshop | January 25 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join our Landscape Horticulturist, Mathew McMillan for a workshop on the basics of pruning. Bring all of your pruning questions and learn from Mathew’s expertise.


$25 / $20 Members

Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841.



Plants Illustrated 2018: Celebrating Trees

Exhibit - Painting | January 9 – 25, 2018 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Celebrating Trees is an exhibition of botanical art works by members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibit will honor the beautiful trees around us, featuring interesting details of each season.



Trees of the Garden: Docent-led Tour

Tour/Open House | January 25 | 10-11:15 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Discover the signature trees from around the world at the UC Botanical Garden. End your tour with a visit to the final day of the Celebrating Trees exhibition of botanical art.


Free for Members or with Garden Admission

Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.



Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Friday, January 26, 2018

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Four Treasures of Brush Painting: Bamboo with Karen LeGault

Workshop | January 28 | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


While there are many lessons in Asian Brush Painting, there are four classics of flower painting in the tradition of Chinese Brush traditionally known as the 'Four Gentleman,' this series will introduce these plants, including bamboo, plum blossoms, orchid, and chrysanthemum.


$75, $65 members | $265, $235 members for all Four

Register online, or by calling 510- 664 - 9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.



Mushrooms in the Garden

Workshop | January 28 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join local naturalist and mycologist Debbie Viess, Co-Founder of the Bay Area Mycological Society, for a fun talk on local mushrooms that occur in our Bay Area woods, lawns and yes, even gardens. Beautiful photos, stories and plenty of easy to digest science will be value added.

After this indoor preview of the world of fungi, we will look for mushrooms in the beautiful UC Botanical Garden.


$25, $20 Garden members

Register online, or by calling 510-642-7082, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.



Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >