Bukovnik pink rose
UC Garden Clippings
University of California Botanical Garden
February 2011 - Vol 3, Issue 8
In This Issue
February in the Garden
Propagator's Choice
Conservation
Just for Members
Programs & Events
The Garden Shop

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Save the Date


 

Spring Plant Sale
 

Saturday | April 30 | 2011


 

Green Gala 2011

Saturday | June 18 | 2011

 

Save the date for Green Gala, an afternoon fundraiser garden party featuring a stunning sustainable-fashion show in the Redwood Grove Amphitheater, gourmet food and wine amongst our premeire collection, and live/silent auctions. Plan to bring your friends for this gorgeous event!
 


Self-Guided

Winter Tour

sand mesa manzanita, 

tanbark oak,

burrawang,

chenille plant,

laurel,

magnolias & more

 

Download the guide and map.
 


 

February in the Garden: A Bouquet of Roses
A few lingering blooms remain in our Garden of Old Roses where winter offers a time to enjoy the Garden's unique vista of the Golden Gate Bridge. Did you know we're the only botanical garden in the world with this view?  Horticulturist Peter Klement has pruned, pegged and prepared the beds for May's lush display, meanwhile we're pleased to offer you a bouquet of roses in February from artist Gary Bukovnik.

Berkeley rose 1 by Bukovnik

Berkeley Rose I
Bay Area watercolorist, Gary Bukovnik, has brought the artist's eye to interpreting flowers for more than 30 years. At a time when modern American artists seem to have abandoned floral works, Bukovnik has made an illustrious career painting vibrant compositions of flowers. Most recently, he has turned his attention to roses and chose the UC Botanical Garden as the source for a series of four watercolors featuring blooms from our Garden of Old Roses.

Bukovnik's work has appeared in many major art museums including the de Young, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian, and others. Bay Area residents also may recognize Bukovnik's work from the San Francisco Symphony's annual poster, which he has contributed to for the past 30 years.

Bukovnik the ArtistYou are warmly invited to attend An Afternoon with Gary Bukovnik, a salon-style reception featuring an artist talk, conversation and watercolor demonstration. Gary will discuss how he approaches his work and his history with the UC Botanical Garden as he composes and paints a watercolor live for the event. Inspired by Gary's newly donated Rose Series of watercolors to the Garden, we invite you to experience the creative process of one of the most celebrated Bay Area artists in action.

The original Rose Series will be on exhibit and you can also purchase Rose Series notecards at the event. All proceeds will benefit the Garden.


An Afternoon with Gary Bukovnik:

Inspiration, Interpretation & Process

Saturday, February 26, 2 -4 pm
$30, $25 members
Reservations required, Attendance is limited.
Call 510-643-2755 x03 or email garden@berkeley.edu for event registration.

Rose Pegging Demonstration with Pruning Q&A

Thursday, February 10, 1 pm
Meet in the Garden of Old Roses where our horticulturist
Peter Klement will demonstrate the art of rose pegging, a rare but effective technique used by rosarians to encourage more blooms. Peter will also discuss pruning tactics and practices.
Free with Garden admission, no registration required.

Check the Garden Calendar for details on these and other Garden programs and events.

Banner photo: Detail. Gary Bukovnik, 2010. Berkeley Rose III, watercolor, 14.75" x 9.25".

Give Your Valentine a Garden
succulent dish garden !

Propagator's Choice
 

by Bryan Gim

What could be a more perfect Valentine's Day gift than a plant? We have a variety of gorgeous houseplants, and succulent dish gardens available on The Plant Deck and in our Garden Shop. These dish gardens were produced with great love by the Garden especially for this occasion. They will keep giving pleasure long after the holiday.

Offer your Valentine a living gift which will last much longer than a cut bouquet. Colorful arrangements in ceramic pots from only $8 to $35 include handmade UCBG "Hearts" which can be used as gift cards and also show your support for the UC Botanical Garden!


Green Stuff Summer Camp

Enrollment is now open for this summertime favorite for generations. Green Stuff science day camp runs June 20 - August 19. These week long camps are Monday through Friday, 9 am - 2 pm for ages 5 - 7 or 8 - 10. Visit our website enrollment information.

Conservation
Orchid & Fern House

by Holly Forbes, Curator

 

The Garden's glasshouse collections (Arid House; Orchid, Fern and Carnivorous Plant House; and Tropical House) provide warm, humid or dry conditions that we can't provide outdoors.

The Arid House is the most densely planted collection in the Garden, albeit in pots. Nearly 1600 kinds of plants are on display. As plants come into flower they are moved onto the public aisle for closer inspection by visitors.

The Orchid, Fern and Carnivorous Plant House is a circulating exhibit, where plants from the non-public greenhouses can be displayed when in flower, to display various aspects of morphology in ferns or or to highlight the different types of traps of carnivorous plants.

The Tropical House plantings are designed to showcase tropical biodiversity and the economic uses of many of these plants. Old World plants on the left, New World Plants on the right, and a meeting in the middle on the wall behind the pool. Highlights include the chocolate tree (Theobroma cacao) and vanilla orchid (Vanilla spp.). See http://www.amnh.org/sciencebulletins/biobulletin/biobulletin/story688.html for more information about the chocolate tree.


Horticultural Walk: Treasures Under Glass

Thursday, February 17, 1 - 2:30 pm
You'll be introduced to some of the treasures in the Garden's glasshouses by our expert horticulturist, Christy Matasick. The tour will take you through the Orchid, Fern and Carnivorous House and the Tropical House and finish with coffee, tea and cookies in the Ornduff Room. Our monthly horticultural walks are limited to 20 people and fill up quickly so make your reservations early. See you on the tour!
Free for Members; $10 Public, space is limited, registration required


Just for Members
by Suzanne Field
Membership and Program Manager, gardenmembership@berkeley.edu


 
To simply list the benefits of Garden Membership (discounts and free admission at over 200 participating Gardens, 10% off in the Garden Shop, invitations to exclusive members-only events, etc.) doesn't seem to capture the true magic a year of Garden membership holds. The Garden collection includes many rare and unusual plants and offers the uncommon opportunity to see plants seen nowhere else. Wandering through this world of colors, sounds, scents and experiences visitors are often overtaken by a feeling of wonder and amazement.

One visit piques the desire for another -- and as a Garden member, you can enjoy unlimited FREE admission all year-round! Members know the Garden is endlessly intriguing, utterly fascinating and entirely unique.
Berkeley Rose II by Bukovnik
Berkeley Rose II by Bukovnik

Our members are united by the desire to be part of a vibrant cultural Garden community. We invite you and your friends to join us and our exceptional group of interested, engaged, and involved Garden enthusiasts to be part of our community - curious newcomers and seasoned experts are all welcome here!

Gift memberships are a great way to support the Garden and they make a thoughtfulpresent for anyone on your Valentine's Day or Mother's Day gift list. Right now whenyou 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.
 

Five Ways to Join

Online
On-Site: Stop by the Garden Kiosk
Phone: 510-643-2755 x0
FAX: 510-642-3012
Mail: 200 Centennial Dr Berkeley CA 94720

Programs & Events

Sick Plant Clinic

Saturday, February 5, 9 am - noon
Join Dr. Raabe for his 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.
Free

Garden Strollers

Wednesday February 9, 11 - 11:45 am
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).
Free with Garden Admission, Reservations requested.

Rose Pegging Demonstration with Pruning Q&A

Thursday, February 10, 1 pm
Meet in the Garden of Old Roses where our horticulturist Peter Klement will demonstrate the art of rose pegging, a rare but effective technique used by rosarians to encourage more blooms. Peter will also discuss pruning tactics and practices.
Free with Garden admission, no registration required.

Horticultural Walk: Treasures Under Glass

Thursday, February 17, 1 - 2:30 pm
You'll be introduced to some of the treasures in the Garden's glasshouses by our expert horticulturist, Christy Matasick. The tour will take you through the Orchid, Fern and Carnivorous House and the Tropical House and finish with coffee, tea and cookies in the Ornduff Room. Our monthly horticultural walks are limited to 20 people and fill up quickly so make your reservations early. See you on the tour!
Free for Members; $10 Public, space is limited, registration required

Asphalt to Ecosystems

Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation

Saturday, February 19, 1- 3 pm
Author Sharon Gamson Danks, Environmental Planner and founding partner of Bay Tree Design will sign copies of her book, Asphalt to Ecosystems. This compelling color guidebook features strategies for designing and building natural schoolyard environments that enhance childhood learning and play experiences while providing connection with the natural world.
Free with Garden Admission; Books available for sale at the event.



Planning Your Edible Landscape

Wednesday, February 23, 6 - 9 pm
In this workshop you'll discover the simplicity of growing edibles and incorporating them into your ornamental Garden. Maximize your space in three dimensions. Kathleen Elliot, Horticulturist and owner of Hillcrest Ranch in Sunol will teach you how to companion plant and time your starts. Learn some of the most Bay Area friendly plants including exotic edible perennials. Have herbal tea and plant a small herb container garden to take home with you.
$30, $25 members; Registration required.

Happy Newt Year!

Sunday, February 21, 1 -2 pm
Enjoy this opportunity to visit the newts at the Garden's Japanese Pool with expert docent Jan Washburn on hand to describe what you see and answer questions.
Free with Garden Admission; Stop by the Japanese Pool anytime during the hour; All Ages.

An Afternoon with Gary Bukovnik: Inspiration, Interpretation & Process

Saturday, February 26, 2 -4 pm
$30, $25 members; Registration required.


Coming in March

art by Lee McCaffree
by Lee McCaffree

Botanical Illustration Workshops: Exploring Plants Through Drawing

Friday, March 4 & Friday, April 1, 10 am - 4 pm

Instructor Lee McCaffree will guide students on a botanical exploration of the structure of stems, leaves, roots and flowers by illustrating them. Part I on Friday, March 4, 2011 will focus on understanding the growth and structural elements of plants. Part II on Friday, April 1, 2011 will examine families, flowers and fruits. Students will draw details in pencil or ink. All levels of students are welcome. $160, $150 members; Registration required.


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.


The Garden Shop
the Conscientious Gardener

by Carol Bassett, Garden Volunteer


In The Garden Shop is an engaging book, The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic by Sarah Hayden Reichard. Ms. Reichard is a Professor of Conservation Biology in the College of the Environment and Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington.

Immediately the reader is drawn into the subject by her conversational writing style and thought provoking analysis of the need for a "Land Ethic". Ms. Reichard was profoundly influenced by Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac. Not only was her career choice directed, but it was the beginning of an idea for The Conscientious Gardener. Chapters one and two, The Skin of the Earth, and Water Our Most Precious Resource, orient the reader. Also included in the book are chapters on native plants (thoughtfully chosen), alien plants, managing pests and confronting climate change.

Her guidelines in Chapter 8, Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, make the book well worth buying. Her appendix on Global Invasive Plants, includes plants that I did not expect. There is also an extensive reference list. Overall, The Conscientious Gardener is a good book to read to learn, to refresh, to repurpose and rejuvenate the reader's own "Land Ethic".

Volunteer in The Garden Shop

Garden Shop and Plant Deck Volunteers Needed!

Do you like plants and botanically themed books and gifts? Do you enjoy working with the public? Do you want to support the UC Botanical Garden? Come and volunteer in The Garden Shop! Volunteers sell gifts, plants, and books; greet visitors and provide information about the Garden. The Garden Shop generates much-needed revenue for the Garden.
shop volunteers
Requirements: Work a minimum of two three-hour shifts per month and commit to one year of volunteering. Find substitutes if unable to make shift. Willingness to provide excellent and friendly customer service. Transact sales using the cash register and charge machine. Greet visitors to The Garden Shop, and as requested, provide information about the Garden and local community. Regularly familiarize yourself with the Shop's merchandise - gifts, plants, and books. Full training and staff supervision provided.

The Garden Shop is open daily 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM; volunteer shifts are available 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM or 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM weekdays and weekends.

More than 200 volunteers support the Garden through educational and fund raising activities, generating an average of 2,000 hours of service each month. Volunteering in our Garden Shop is of great value to the Garden accomplishing its mission of plant conservation, education, and research. Contact Perry Hall for more information.


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