Botanical Garden Upcoming Events INSTALLATION | Plant Fiber Enclosure : Origins, May 18-25 “Plant Fiber Enclosure: Origins" comprises a two-semester seminar where graduate architecture students have explored methods to integrate traditional and digital craft in fiber enclosures. Students first studied fabrication techniques with plant fibers originated in primitive habitats. Such techniques, still implemented today in remote regions including the Western Amazon, can inform new frontiers in natural fiber craft when juxtaposed with emerging digital technologies. The installation presented in the exhibit consists of a fully natural fiber 3D printed and 3D woven structure inspired by the process of construction of a weaver bird nest. As such, the installation probes into the material efficiency of a pendant structure as an intertwined physical, sociocultural, and aesthetic exploration. This full-scale prototype composed of 400 woven panels has been created through an iterative process focused on exploring scalability opportunities through an integrative fabrication technique encompassing additive manufacturing with natural material waste and natural fibers for digital weaving.<br /> <br /> Come view this installation in the Garden's Conference Center. Docent-led tour, thru Jan 4, 2018 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.<br /> <br /> Free with Garden admission<br /> Advanced registration not required<br /> <br /> Tours may be cancelled without notice.<br /> For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755<br /> For tour questions, please email or call 510-643-7265 Butterfly Walk, thru Oct 24 Join Sally Levinson, Garden volunteer propagator, docent and 'caterpillar lady', as she guides you through the Botanical Garden in search of butterflies. <br /> <br /> Space is limited on a first-come basis. Children welcome. Free with garden admission.<br /> <br /> For more information email Secret Gardens of Kyoto, May 25 Did you know that the gardens of Kyoto are mostly native, that the Japanese garden craftsmen strive to follow patterns found in local nature, and that things you see (plants and teatime) are as important as what you don’t see (shadows and empty space)? Enter landscapes in private homes, monasteries, and an emperor’s estate with Leslie Buck as she takes you on a visual tour of gardens mentioned in her exciting new memoir: "Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship In the Gardens of Kyoto." California Invasive Species Awareness Week, Jun 3-11 Visit the Garden to celebrate California Invasive Species Action Week. <br /> <br /> The goals of the California Invasive Species Action Week (CISAW) are to increase public awareness of invasive species issues and promote public participation in the fight against California's invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources.<br /> <br /> Prevention is the most effective strategy in managing invasive species. However, hundreds of invasive plants and animals have already established in California and are rapidly spreading each year. These invaders are negatively impacting our waters, our native plants and animals (some of them rare, threatened, or endangered), our agriculture, our health, our economy, and our favorite recreational places. Help us celebrate California's Invasive Species Action Week, and more importantly, help stop the spread of invasive species, by volunteering to take action.<br /> <br /> Visit: to see how you can get involved. Sick Plant Clinic, thru Jan 6, 2018 Join the Garden for our monthly Sick Plant Clinic and find out which diseases ail your plants. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants too! Please cover plants and disease samples in containers or bags before entering the Garden.<br /> <br /> BERKELEY CLINIC DIAGNOSES RESIDENTS' PLANTS<br /> Lauren Reed-Guy, Chronicle Staff Writer<br /> San Francisco Chronicle June 29, 2011 04:00 AM Copyright San Francisco Chronicle. All rights reserved. <br /> <br /> When he walked through the doors of the clinic, Oakland resident Bob Rogers was unaware that his Himalayan cypresses' days were numbered.<br /> <br /> Though he'd already received a diagnosis of a beetle infestation from another plant expert, Rogers decided to bring bark and leaf samples up to the monthly sick plant clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden for a second opinion.<br /> <br /> With microscopes and a stack of gardening and insect books for support, the plant experts took a close look at the sample and photos Rogers brought with him.<br /> <br /> The prognosis was bleak. While the two 80-year-old trees in Rogers' backyard were indeed suffering from longhorn beetles, they were a symptom of the trees' waning health, not the cause. The panel of five plant experts told him there was little he could do, as his trees' life spans had likely been cut short living outside their native habitat.<br /> <br /> Bay Area residents have brought their ailing plants to the sick plant clinic for more than 30 years now for diagnosis by a team of volunteer plant pathologists and entomologists from UC Berkeley and regional parks groups as well as private plant consultants.<br /> <br /> Read the rest of the article at: Read more:<br /> <br /> This article appeared on page E - 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle Herb Day!, Jun 4 Join us for a lovely day of celebrating the Herb Garden collections of the UC Botanical Garden. We'll have activities for children on the lawn, special talks in the Conference Center and docent explainers interpreting the many uses of plants in the Herb Garden. From dye to teas, cooking and perfume come explore these extraordinary plants! Stay in touch for a complete schedule of events. Garden Closed, thru Dec 5, 2017 The garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month.<br /> <br /> -Why is the Garden Closed one day a month?<br /> 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.<br /> <br /> -I’m only in Berkeley for one day from somewhere very far away and the purpose of my trip was to see the Garden! Can’t I just take a quick<br /> peek? We are so sorry for the inconvenience and the disappointment, however, the University’s Risk Management Policies prevent us from allowing the public into the collection today.<br /> <br /> -I see people in the Garden. Why are they allowed in and not me? Anyone in the Garden on our First Closed Tuesday is either a member of our staff or a volunteer. They have specific permission to be in the Garden today. Staff and volunteers are covered by the University’s insurance should an injury occur. The public is not.<br /> <br /> -I don’t need to see the Garden, but I have a question for a staff person. Can I speak to someone? Because our horticulturalists’ primary responsibility is to care for the collection, we have a limited ability to answer questions from the public. Plant questions are best brought tour Sick Plant Clinic on the first Saturday of the month. The clinic is free and is staffed by UC staff and volunteers. We also have expanded plant sales on Thursdays from 10:30 am-1:30 pm when many of our volunteer propagators are working and available to help you. Please bring your question back at either of these times. For questions about programs, memberships, tours, rentals, donations, volunteering, etc. please call 510-642-7082 or email us at<br /> <br /> -I would like to buy something from the Garden Shop. Since the Shop is here in the entrance, can I do that? The Garden Shop is also closed today.<br /> <br /> -If I can’t see the Garden, are there other gardens nearby?<br /> We suggest you visit the nearby Regional Parks Botanical Garden in Tilden Park - a collection of native plants.<br /> <br /> Thank you for your interest in the Garden! We hope you can return to visit again in the future when we are open to the public. Free Wednesday at the Garden, thru Dec 6 Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day. Docent-led tour, thru Dec 6 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.<br /> <br /> Free with Garden admission<br /> Advanced registration not required<br /> <br /> Tours may be cancelled without notice.<br /> For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755<br /> For tour questions, please email or call 510-643-7265 New Members' Welcome Wagon, Jun 10 We’re rolling out the Welcome Wagon to celebrate all our newest members who have joined the Garden in the past year. New members are invited to join us at 9:30 am for a “meet & greet” and morning treats, followed by an introduction from Garden Director Eric Siegel at 10 am. At 11 am we'll take a special docent-led tour of the Garden. Come learn more about the Garden, its rich history, and the many ways you can become involved. Free for members, pre-registration is required.<br /> <br /> Please Note: If you are an individual level member or if one of your membership's adult cardholders is unable to attend, you may bring one non-member guest to come and learn about all that UCBG membership has to offer! Please only one non-member guest per household. An Introduction to Bonsai with Jonas Dupuich, Jun 11 Come learn about the beautiful art of Bonsai with Jonas Dupuich. Jonas has spent 20 years studying Bonsai and teaches workshops and exhibits Bonsai throughout California. In this two hour workshop you will see through demonstration and hands-on experience the fundamentals of Bonsai: Repotting, wiring, and different display styles. Animals of the Garden Discovery Day!, Jun 18 The UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley presents “Animals of the Garden Discovery Day,” a family-friendly interactive event that explores the intersection of plants and animals. From plant-eating bugs to bug-eating plants, see animals that are aquatic, terrestrial, subterranean, and aerial. Visit nearly a dozen stations and booths presented by Garden Docents and community organizations featuring interactive craft tables and live insects, amphibians, butterflies and more! National Pollinator Week, Jun 19-25 Visit the Garden to celebrate National Pollinator Week. <br /> <br /> National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.<br /> <br /> Ten years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.<br /> <br /> The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 19-25, 2017 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.<br /> <br /> POLLINATOR WEEK WAS INITIATED AND IS MANAGED BY THE POLLINATOR PARTNERSHIP.<br /> <br /> Visit: for events happening in your area Celebrate the Summer Solstice: Rose and Roses, Jun 20 Join us for a floriferous evening in the Garden of Old Roses for a delightful tasting of rose scented treats and a sampling of roses from around the world. We will be joined by Garden Horticulturist Gideon Dollarhide who will tour guests through the rose collections. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Golden Gate bridge during the magical after hours in the Garden. Folk Textiles of Japan: Plant Fibers and Dyes with Yoshiko Wada, Jul 8 Join renowned textile scholar Yoshiko Wada for a presentation on folk textiles of Japan looking at the use of plant fibers and dyes. This illustrated talk will discuss history, culture and preparation of textiles throughout Japan. Film Screening - Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo, Jul 9 BLUE ALCHEMY: Stories of Indigo is a feature-length documentary about indigo, a blue
 dye that has captured the human imagination for millennia. It is also about people who are reviving indigo in projects that are intended to improve life in their communities, preserve cultural integrity, improve the environment, and bring beauty to the world. BLUE ALCHEMY was filmed in India, Japan, Bangladesh, Mexico, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the USA.<br /> <br /> We will be joined by the filmmaker Mary Lance who will introduce the film and stay for a Q& A and reception following the film. BUG EATERS: All about Carnivorous Plants, Jul 15 Family members of all age are invited to discover some of the fascinating and beautiful plants that can eat insects. Get up close with the amazing leaf adaptations as you learn more about them. Yoga Walk Through the Garden, Jul 18 "If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand." <br /> -Buddha<br /> <br /> Come join fellow nature lovers in a mindful movement class at the UC Botanical Garden. During the 60-minute class, you will get to walk among the garden’s amazing collection, learn breathing techniques to promote health, practice gentle Qigong and yoga exercises at beautiful locations along the way and receive a big dose of Nature as your practice.<br /> <br /> This class is lead by Domonick Wegesin, PhD, RYT, a yogi-neuroscientist-dancer-meditator with a great appreciation for the wisdom of Nature. Domonick teaches yoga and mindfulness classes locally, and will guide you safely through your outdoor practice. <br /> <br /> The class is open to all levels; Domonick will provide guidance to make the exercises accessible and enjoyable for everybody. The mindfulness approach will assist you in learning to be with your experience in a way that cultivates awareness, acceptance and ease. Herbaceous Liqueurs and Cocktails on the Herb Garden, Aug 15 The smells and sights of summer will truly delight the senses on this lovely evening program on the Garden's lawn overlooking the herb gardens. We will be tasting a variety of liqueurs made from the combinations of herbs with recipes dating back centuries. Take a walk through the plants that create these delights with Jason Bonham, the Garden's Horticulturist for the Herb Garden Collections. Enjoy accompanying snacks to awaken your senses! Chabana : Japanese Flower Arranging with Barbara Strauss, Sep 17 Details to Follow. Gardening with Chinese Herbs in the Bay Area, Oct 1 In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden, join Peg Schafer for a lecture on growing Chinese botanicals for beauty and medicine as well as medicinal edibles that grow well and make efficacious medicine here in the bay area. This slideshow presentation is followed by a one hour walk in the Chinese Medicinal Herb garden. Peg's book The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production will be available for sale. <br /> <br /> About Peggy Schafer<br /> Peg Schafer has a background in nursery management and farming and is the owner/operator of the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm outside Petaluma, in Northern California.<br /> Since 1997 the farm has grown out more than 260 different herb crops, and has sold to practitioners, pharmacies, product manufacturers, researchers, retailers and the general public. The farm functions partly as an experimental operation trialing Asian herbs compiling an extensive database on the cultivation of herbs of medicinal and economic interest. One of the educational components is a popular nine-month farming apprenticeship for growers, students and practitioners. She is a frequent lecturer at colleges of Oriental medicine, conferences and farming events, where she addresses herb quality, cultivation and conservation, and issues affecting Chinese herbs.<br /> In 2011 she authored the book The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production published by Chelsea Green. Peg’s focus in all endeavors is on growing the highest quality and most efficacious Chinese herbs possible. Family Day at the Garden: Japanese Arts and Crafts, Oct 22 Details to Follow. Introduction to Botanical Art Class with Catherine Watters, Oct 28-29 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.<br /> <br /> A Supply List will be given to you once you register for the class or you can sign up in advance to use materials provided by the instructor during the workshop for a fee of $10. Where Art Meets Science: Origami with Bernie Peyton, Nov 12 Details to Follow.