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UC Garden Clippings

University of California Botanical Garden

June  2011 - Vol 3, Issue 12
In This Issue
June in the Garden
Walk with the Expert
Garden Programs
Garden Members Receive Free Admission to BAM


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a private dragon boat cruise for a group of 15 to 21 people, offered by the Berkeley Racing Canoe Center in the Berkeley Marina.


a one night stay with a tour and tasting at Parducci's Scale House.  


two nights at a private ocean-front home in Carmel with a Bernard Trainor garden and exquisite setting.




June in the Garden  

Majestic Redwoods Offer Garden Magic

Beloved by brides, the Garden's Stephen T. Mather Redwood Grove provides an enchanting setting for an array of visitor experiences. Coast redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens, planted in the 1930's, tower above a lush forest floor of companion native California plantings. Quiet prevails here disturbed only by the calls of birds, the soft murmers of Winter Creek, a branch of Strawberry Creek, and the rare visitor who opens the gate to this magical forest.

Two small pools at the Grove entrance host a thriving aquatic plant community including beautiful yellow cow-lilies (Nuphar lutea). Follow a meandering path among the redwoods or relax on a bench by the pool and experience the peace and timelessness of a forest visit.

The centerpiece of the grove is the Townsend Amphitheater, the setting for a series of summer concerts, starting June 12, and the June 18th Green Gala, a summer benefit party for the Garden.


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And you might have thought you'd stumbled upon a matinee of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," seeing the lineup of models in flowing dresses with flowers in their hair standing inside this dappled forest while the soft soothing sounds of Indian percussion, electric guitar and keyboard filled the air.
Sylvia Rubin
San Francisco Chronicle, 2009
Green Gala returns Saturday, June 18 with a new fashion collection inspired by Garden plants. Sip champagne under the redwoods and enjoy the green magic of a June party in the Garden. 

Tickets: $125
10% discount for groups of 6 or more

Call 510-643-1924 to pay by phone.
Purchase single tickets online.
Email your RSVP.

Summer Concerts in June 

Sunday, June 12, 5:30 - 7:30 pmpicnic basket
Will Sprott of the Mumlers & Band and
Quinn DeVeaux & Blue Beat
$12/$10 members/$5 youth

Thurs., June 23, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Trio Zincalo
$12/$10 members/$5 youth

BYO Picnics & Drinks Welcome in the Grove

More Summer Concerts...

Banner photo: Coast redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens, in the Stephen T. Mather Redwood Grove.

  Walk with the Expert 

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Puya berteroana

Members Only Walk: The South American Collection

Thursday | June 16 | 1 - 2:30 pm
Free; Members Only; Registration Required (510-643-2755).

Walk with Garden horticulturist Peter Klement to see floras of temperate and mediterranean climate areas of South America, featuring plants from the matorral of coastal Chile. Several Puya species are in full bloom, delighting visitors with their vibrant colors and visiting pollinators including the orioles and hummingbirds who take advantage of convenient "bird perches" provided by the plants.

The matorral plant community is characterized by shrubs and small trees with leathery leaves and is similar in appearance to California's chaparral. Both share a mediterranean climate with summer drought and winter rainfall. Common plants of the matorral include olivillo (Kageneckia) and soapbark tree (Quillaja), as well as terrestrial bromeliads (Puya). Members of the South American floras, such as Nothofagus and Araucaria, have close relatives in South Africa and Australia. Their ancestors are found in the fossil record of the ancient southern supercontinent Gondwana.  


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Garden Programs 

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.


Sick Plant Clinic

Saturday | June 4 | 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 bring plants and disease samples in containers or bags before entering the Garden.

Concerts in the Redwood Grove

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Will Sprott
Will Sprott (of The Mumlers) & Band and Quinn DeVeaux & The Blue Beat Review
Sunday | June 12 | 5:30 pm
Join us for this year's series of concerts during the glorious evening hours this summer. This summer kicks off with tap-your-feet darlings Will Sprott of the Mumlers & Band and Quinn DeVeaux & the Blue Beat Review. Will Sprott of San Jose's The Mumlers brings his soulful guitar work, humor and unique songwriting skills to the Redwood Grove. Quinn DeVeaux & the Blue Beat Review return by popular demand to play visceral, feel-good deep in the chest roots & groove music. Come enjoy the sweet melodies and upbeat soul of two local favorites. Bring your own food & drinks to create the perfect picnic affair!
Doors open at 5:00; show at 5:30; Adults: $12/$10 members; Youth: $5 (under 5 free)

The South American Collection

Thursday | June 16 | 1 - 2:30 pm
Join Horticulturist Peter Klement for a lovely summer tour through the Garden's South American Area. Plants in this collection represent the floras of temperate and Mediterranean climate areas of South America, featuring plants from the matorral of coastal Chile.
Free; members only; registration required

Green Gala

Saturday | June 18 | 2 - 5 pm
Cultivate your couture! Join this year's Garden Party fundraiser, Green Gala, for a one of a kind event. A fashion show of sustainable and local designs will be held in our stunning Mather Redwood Grove followed by festivities in the Garden. Taste delicious creations by Devoted Catering by Amiee Alan seasonal and organic catering. Enjoy live music and wine from top sustainable-organic-biodynamic Mendocino wineries. Bid on items in the live & silent auctions.

Concerts in the Redwood Grove - Trio Zincalo

Thursday | June 23 | 5:30 pm
Trio Zincalo specializes in gypsy tango music with a French accent. They have garnered a loyal following as a regular performer at Oakland speakeasy, Room 389. You'll feel like you've been transported to an Eastern European café or music festival when Trio Zinclo takes the stage in the Redwood Grove. Come celebrate the vibrant, undeniable and unique idiom that defines the "gypsy" sound. Picnics welcome!
Doors open at 5:00; show at 5:30; Adults: $12/$10 members; Youth: $5 (under 5 free)

Butterfly Walk

Tuesday | June 28 | 3 - 4 pm
Join Sally Levinson, Garden volunteer propagator, docent and caterpillar lady, as she guides you through the collection in search of butterflies. Space is limited. Children welcome.
Free with Garden admission

botanical artBotanical Illustration: Introduction to Botanical Art

Wednesday & Thursday | July 6 & 7 | 10 am - 4 pm
This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of botanical art. Born and raised in Paris, where her love of art began, Catherine Watters is a botanical artist who paints in watercolor on paper and calfskin vellum. She will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. This is not just an art class; Catherine's students learn to "see" plants in a new way and paint botanical subjects with exquisite detail. Students will work with graphite, colored pencils and watercolor. All levels are welcome.
$160/$150 members; registration required

Concerts in the Redwood Grove - The Human Condition

Thursday | July 7 | 5:30 pm
San Francisco string band The Human Condition performs original, modern-day roots music. Rowdy barnstormers are offset by calmer, brooding ballads that evoke lazy days and restless nights. Guitars, mandolin and upright bass are joined by vocal harmonies, harmonica and lyrical imagery. Guest performers often join in with banjo, fiddle, lap steel, and melodic. Every live performance is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience you won't want to miss. Grab a blanket and your favorite snacks to create the perfect picnic under the trees!
Doors at 5:00; show at 5:30; Adults: $12/$10 members; Youth: $5 (under 5 free)

Members Only

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Hans Hofmann: Equinox, 1958; oil on canvas; 72 1/8 x 60 1/4 in.; gift of Hans Hofmann

Garden Members Enjoy Free Admission to the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive:

June 16 - July 3 

As a special offer to our members, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is giving free admission to UCBG members during the final weeks of Nature into Action: Hans Hoffman (June 16 - July, 3 2011). Simply present your current Garden membership card at the admissions desk and receive free admission to this unique exhibition of Hoffman's nature-inspired paintings.

Nature into Action: Hans Hoffman, which runs through July 3, includes such influential works as The Wind (1937-47), The Garden (1956), Equinox (1958), Morning Mist (1958), Indian Summer (1959), and Fantasia (1943). Fantasia has recently returned from a major exhibition at the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf-Le grand geste!-that explored the origins and international influences of Abstract Expressionism. Hofmann claimed nature as the source of all inspiration and works included in the current exhibition manifest events, sensations, and imaginings inspired by nature.

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Founded in 1963, BAM/PFA is one of the largest university art museums in the United States. The Museum is open to the public Wednesday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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