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UC Garden Clippings
University of California Botanical Garden
December  2010 - Vol 3, Issue 6
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December Conifers
Customer Appreciation Sale
Propagator's Choice
Membership Matters
The Garden Shop
Programs and Events
Docent Training
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December Garden Day
Find gifts for everyone on your list in The Garden Shop.

Admire the monkey puzzle trees at the top of the Garden.

Cones are everywhere in the Garden. How many can you find?

Walk with an expert: free docent walks (with Garden admission) are available Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM.

Take the Garden's self-guided autumn stroll.

December Conifers
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Pinus patula
With winter fast upon us, the presence of conifers and other evergreens in the landscape becomes apparent as deciduous trees drop their leaves.  The backbone of the winter garden in colder climates, conifers nonetheless play an important role in the structure of Bay Area gardens, even beyond our beloved redwoods.  Winter  is a great time to enjoy the Garden's diverse and spectacular collection of conifers.  From the southern hemisphere conifers in our Australasian and South American collections (e.g. monkey puzzle tree and podocarps), to the more familiar pines, spruce and redwood relatives in the northern hemisphere collections, weird and wonderful conifers are to be found at every turn - even in the New World Desert.  We grow some of the rarest confers in world, including the Wollemi pine from Australia and Martinez Pinon from Mexico.

Your holiday decorating may include baskets of fragrant pinecones, fresh branches of fir and pine, an evergreen wreath or a living tree. These ancient symbols of life and fertility are elements of winter solstice celebrations for many cultures, offering a promise of longer days and abundant crops. This year's winter solstice on December 21st offers a time to reflect on nature's many gifts to us. The UC Botanical Garden staff extends thanks for your friendship and wishes you and your family a bountiful 2011.




Conifers and Caryota, A Few of My Favorite Things

Thursday | December 16 | 1-2:30 pm

Walk with Chris Carmichael, Associate Director of Collections and Horticulture through the Garden on December 16th when he will focus on the Garden's extensive collection of conifers, including several rarities. You'll also visit Chris's other favorite - and obscure - plants in the collection .

Registration required: $10, Free for Members

Limited to 20 people.

evergreen wreath
Evergreen Wreaths and Garlands

Wednesday | December 8 | 6-9 pm

Create and take home your own beautiful and festive wreath or garland to add to your holiday decorations. Greens from the Garden and other materials such as succulents are included, but be sure to bring your own hand pruners.

 $30, $25 UCBG Members.
 Limited to 20 people.

Winter Botanicals as Paintings

Friday and Saturday | December 10 & 11 | 10 am - 4 pm

Take a break from the business of the holidays to explore the colors of winter by painting botanical subjects. 

Berries, evergreens, cones and dried plants make exciting subjects  from the Garden's plants. 

Registration required: $160, $150 UCBG members


Landscape Cacti and Succulents Nursery

Customer Appreciation Event
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Oreocereus doelzianus
Saturday, December 4,  10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Purchase $150 or more from the Landscape Cacti and Succulents Nursery and you will save 30% off the tagged price. This excludes succulent picture frames and mini-gardens. All sales are final, no exchanges or returns.

Propagator's Choice
by Bryan Gim, Volunteer Propagator Coordinator & Horticulturist, Arid House

Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana)
Here is your opportunity to buy an unusual conifer. The monkey puzzle tree is the national tree of Chile. This species is endangered and its harvest has been prohibited in Chile since 1990. Despite this, the tree is at some risk of extinction in habitat. monkey puzzle seedling tree


The monkey puzzle tree is the hardiest species in the genus, growing in USDA zones 7-10.  It can grow to 100 feet tall with a trunk diameter of 5 feet. In our gardens, they will be much smaller. It features distinctive, armor-like, triangular leaves. Preferring well-drained, volcanic soil, this species adapts to many soil types. It is very tolerant of maritime exposures, salt-laden winds, and thrives in cool, mild climates.


We have 4-month-old seedlings in liner tubes for $5.00 each. The seed was collected from mature trees in the Garden's South American section (the first viable seed produced from these since accessioned in 1983). This is a great opportunity as, in a few months, they will be potted up and sell for much more. You can plant them in one gallon pots; at this price you can grow your own Araucaria forest!

Membership Matters:
Martha Stewart LivingMembership means
MORE
this holiday season!

This winter a gift membership means the gift of MORE. Your gift of membership is the gift of more beauty, more wonder and more excitement to inspire all year long. The Garden unveils a changing look season by season and members enjoy unlimited FREE admission all year-round.

This season when you purchase or renew a Garden membership at the $65 level and above your membership includes the added benefit of 12 issues of MARTHA STEWART LIVING magazine (valued at $14.95). If you or the gift membership recipient have an existing MARTHA STEWART LIVING magazine subscription, it will be extended an additional 12 issues. Visit our website for offer details.

Members also receive 10% off in the Garden Shop, discounts and free admission at over 200 participating Gardens around the nation, invitations to exclusive members-only events and more! Gift memberships are a great way to support the Garden and they make a thoughtful gift for anyone on your holiday list.


Special Offerings for Members in December

pine coneConifers and Caryota, A Few of My Favorite Things: Free Walk (details below)


A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms: 41st annual Fungus Fair at Lawrence Hall of Science: Free Admission (details below)

Members' 20% Discount in the Garden Shop: December 10th - 19th (details below)


Questions? Contact  Membership & Program Manager Suzanne Field.

Five Ways to Join or Renew
Online
On-Site: Stop by the Garden Kiosk
Phone: 510-643-2755 x0
FAX: 510-642-3012
Mail: 200 Centennial Dr Berkeley CA 94720-5045


The Garden Shop
Candles Toys Books Garden Logo Items Jewelry

Visit The Garden Shop for a selection of gifts inspired by nature.
All proceeds from your purchases benefit your favorite Garden.

From December 10th - 19th, all members will receive an additional 10% off on gift items in our Garden Shop (20% max discount). Our selection of cards, jewelry, toys, and books is sure to delight!
This offer does not include plants.


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Programs and Events

December Delights
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A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms:

41st Annual Fungus Fair at the

Lawrence Hall of Science

Saturday and Sunday,

December 4 & 5 | 10 am - 5 pm
The Hall will be filled with wild-mushroom displays, edible mushrooms, and plenty of mushroom ephemera.

Don't forget to BYOM (Bring Your Own Mushroom) for experts to indentify. 

Our members get free admission by showing their membership card; our visitors get free admission by showing their (same day) receipt.

Sick Plant Clinic
Saturday, December 4 | 9 am - noon
Free. No reservations required.


Customer Appreciation Sale
Saturday | December 4 | 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Purchase $150 or more from the Landscape Cacti and Succulents Nursery and you will save 30% off the tagged price. This excludes succulent picture frames and mini-gardens. All sales are final, no exchanges or returns.


Garden Strollers
Wednesday | December 8 | 2:30 - 3:15 pm

Join Molly Bolt, Botanical Garden docent and mom with her son Rowan, on this special tour of the Garden for parents with their children under 3 years old. This 45 minute tour will guide you around the Garden and end on the lawn for gentle play and snacks (bring your own). While geared towards the adults, understanding accommodations are made for diaper changes and enthusiastic kids. Children must be in a stroller or carrier for the tour portion.
Free with Garden Admission; Meets in front of the Garden Shop


Evergreen Wreaths and Garlands

Wednesday | December 8 | 6 - 9 pm

Create and take home your own beautiful and festive wreath or garland to add to your holiday decorations. Greens from the Garden and other materials are included, but be sure to bring your own hand pruners.

Registration required: $30, $25 UCBG Members. Limited to 20 people.


Winter Botanicals as Paintings

Pinus Silvestris by Lee McCaffree
Pinus Silvestris by Lee McCaffree

Friday and Saturday | December 10 & 11 | 10 am - 4 pm 

Take a break from the business of the holidays to explore the colors of winter by painting botanical subjects.  Berries, evergreens, cones and dried plants make exciting subjects  from the Garden's plants.  Use paints or colored pencils to capture the beauty in a painting of your own. Each student will work at their own level. Taught by Lee McCaffree. Lee trained at Kew in London and is a popular instructor at Filoli.

Registration required: $160, $150 UCBG members
Register for two or more botanical illustration programs and receive $10 off each program.

 


Conifers and Caryota, A Few of My Favorite Things

Thursday | December 16 | 1 - 2:30 pm

Walk with Chris Carmichael, Associate Director of Collections and Horticulture through the Garden on December 16th when he will focus on the Garden's extensive collection of conifers, including several rarities. You'll also visit Chris' other favorite - and obscure - plants in the collection .
Registration required: $10, Free for Members Limited to 20 people

 

Coming in January
Plants Illustrated: An Exhibit of Botanical Art

sponsored by the Northern California Society of Botanical Illustrators
January 8 - 28, 2011 | 10 am - 4 pm
Free with Garden Admission

 



Always check the Garden Calendar for event details and updates.
Reservations are accepted daily, including weekends, 9 am - 4:30 pm.
Call 510-643-2755 x03 for event registration or to purchase/renew a membership.


Register Now for Docent Training
The program includes 24 sessions and will run January 10 through April 18, 2011 on Mondays & Thursdays, 1-4 pm. Fee: $250 (includes one-year Individual UCBG membership), $225 members.

For more information about volunteering, and to apply for Docent Training, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 510-643-1924. Your name will be added to the list and application packets will be mailed out in November.

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