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UC Garden Clippings

University of California Botanical Garden

November 2011 - Vol 4, Issue 5
In This Issue
November in the Garden
Propagator's Choice
Garden Programs
The Garden Shop
Garden Membership
We'll Be Closed


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November in the Garden  

acer monoGlorious Maples  

Often known for their bright fall color, maples (genus Acer) are found throughout the northern hemisphere.  The Garden has a fine collection of maples numbering about 45 species, including both the fabled sugar maple (A. saccharum) from eastern North America and the only species of maple that grows naturally in the Southern Hemisphere, the evergreen laurel maple (A. laurinum) from Borneo.  The gems of the collection are found in our Asian Area which hosts our largest number of species.  In this collection bright red and gold maple leaves light up the area around the Japanese Pool in November.  Stop by to see fall color in Asia and other colorful highlights throughout the Garden. (pictured Acer mono)


Members' Horticultural Walk: Autumn in Asia
Thursday | November 10 | 1 -2:30 PM
Join Garden horticulturist Elaine Sedlack for a tour of the Garden's maple species. Elaine is an expert on the Garden's maples and has just returned from The Maple Society's 4th International Maple Symposium at Wespelaar Arboretum, near Brussels, Belgium.
Free. Members only. Registration required.


Garden News

Ramblings from our Facebook Page

Roger Raiche was honored as the 2011 California Native Plant Society Fellow. Raiche spent many years as the horticulturist caring for the Garden's California collection and was instrumental in bringing the collection to its status as the world's largest collection of California natives.

annas hummingbirdBees in our Observation Hive swarmed on Saturday, October 30. Perhaps they were trick or treating?

Two feet of muck was sucked from the Education Pond in the Redwood Grove. We'll be doing work to restore the pond this winter.

Volunteer Melanie Hofmann shared photos from the recent Garden Bird Walk, including this photo of an Anna's hummingbird.

You don't need a Facebook account or log-in to visit the Garden's Facebook page.
Propagator's Choice
Trident Maple Acer buergerianum

Trident Maple

by Bryan Gim, Volunteer Propagation Coordinator & Horticulturist

The trident maple (Acer buergerianum)  is a wonderful tree for Bay Area gardens. It is drought resistant when established, hardy, and exhibits vibrant fall color. It is also a prized species in bonsai culture. Native to Korea, China and Japan, its 3-lobed leaves are dark-green above and blue-green underneath, turning beautiful shades of orange and red in fall. New buds are a red/brown color. Its bark is buff and flakes with a soft-orange underbark. Trident Maples can reach heights of 30 feet or more.

Visit The Plant Deck where we have one gallon pots of this beauty for $12.00.


Garden Programs

November 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 | November 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. Please cover plants and disease samples in containers or bags before entering the Garden.

No reservation required: free


Beeswax Soapmaking
Sunday | November 6 | 11 am -1 pm
Errol Davis of San Francisco's Metaphor Organic will join the Garden for a charming, hands-on beeswax soap-making class. Students will be instructed on the steps of crafting functional and premium quality soap from local ingredients. Learn how to add your own scents and botanicals to make a one-of-a-kind creation. You won't want to miss this Bee Inspired event! Materials included.
$40, $35 members. Registration required. Space is limited!  


Autumn in Asia
Thursday | November 10 | 1 - 2:30 pm
Join the Garden and Horticulturist Elaine Sedlack for a tour of the Garden's Asian maple species in gorgeous autumn color. The Garden now has over 35 species of maples representative of species from Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan and the Himalayas.  

Registration required: members only; free 

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Fred Dortort Book Signing & Reception

Saturday | November 12 | 2 - 4 pm
The UC Botanical Garden and Timber Press invite you to a special afternoon reception featuring the author of The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World: A Comprehensive Reference to More than 2000 Species.
Fred Dortort has grown succulent plants and cacti for over thirty years. He lectures widely on succulent plants, has taught classes at the Garden, and has written numerous articles for the Cactus and Succulent Journal, as well as for publications such as Pacific Horticulture and Garden. Please join us as we celebrate the publication of this groundbreaking book. Refreshments  will be served, and books will be available for purchase. Click here to register. 

Registration required: free for members, UCB staff & faculty, docents, volunteers and invited guests   


Botanical Art: Autumn Leaves with Lee McCaffree

Sunday | November 13 | 10 am - 4 pm
Fall foliage offers a brilliant color palette to catch our eye, but a graphite drawing or green leaf can be just as fascinating. Expert Lee McCaffree will instruct students on the structure of leaves as students to draw and paint them. The class will consider many types of leaves from the Garden before drawing them and closely examine structure and detail. Students may use pencils or watercolor to create an original work using the colors and/or patterns of fall leaves.  All levels are welcome. Registration required: $80, $75 members


succulent wreathSucculent Wreath Making

Wednesday | November 16 | 6 - 9 pm
Create a gorgeous succulent wreath to enjoy all year round. You'll select among a variety of succulents and be guided on how to plant and care for your wreaths. All materials provided. Registration required: $60, $50 members  


California Natives: Plants and People Tour for Kids

Saturday | November 19 |1 - 2:30 pm
How could people get everything they need from the natural environment without stores?  Learn about the plants used by California Indians for food, shelter, clothing, tools, medicine, games, and music. Join the Garden as we explore the varied customs and skills of California's earliest inhabitants. You'll even create your very own take-home project inspired by early-Californian crafts!  

Registration recommended: $15 for each adult and child, $12 members; $5 each additional person  



The Garden Shop

olive oil, soap Local Olive Oil & Soap at
The Garden Shop

Hillcrest Ranch Organic Olive Oil is a delightful addition to your holiday table. The ranch is located inside the Pleasanton Ridge East Bay Regional Park in Sunol. The ranch owner, Kathleen Elliott, is conscientious to the needs of people and the environment. Her olive oil is the product of her organic farming methods.  
Hillcrest Ranch Picholine/Mission Olio Nuevo Extra Virgin Olive Oil is certified organic by CCOF. It has a pleasant balance of fruity peppery flavor without any bitter after-taste. It is perfect to drizzle over your green salad, roasted pumpkin, or vanilla ice cream.
Olive Oil Soaps are also produced by Hillcrest Ranch. Fragrance-free baby soap is gentle for sensitive skin. Lavender soap embraces the flower grown from the ranch.
Hillcrest Ranch organic olive oil and olive oil soaps are great holiday gifts, too.
Organic certified Picholine/Mission Olio Nuevo Extra Virgin Olive Oil 200 ml: $20
Baby Olive Oil Soap: $7
Lavender Olive Oil Soap: $7

Garden Shop proceeds benefit the Garden.


Members Only


Garden Membership  

By Suzanne Field, Membership & Program Manager


The Botanical Garden is constantly changing and that's part of our magic and appeal. Membership support ensures the Garden remains a place of changing beauty, learning, conservation and respite for our community and beyond. The Garden unveils a changing look season by season and members enjoy unlimited free admission all year-round. Join us on Thursday, November 10, for the Members-only Autumn in Asia walk to see this glorious change in season for yourself. Monthly horticulture walks are just one of the many extra perks members enjoy!


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In addition to free year-round admission members receive exclusive invitations to special events, discounts on programs, in the Garden Shop and at local nurseries. Membership also means reciprocal admission to over 200 gardens and arboreta nationwide - perfect for the upcomingholiday travel season! Garden members receive a year's worth of fantastic benefits, but more importantly, they receive the knowledge that they are helping the Garden's collection, education and public programs to flourish and endure.We offer many different levels of membership - there's sure to be one perfect for you!


Click Here to Join





We'll Be Closed

Holiday Closings
Thursday | November 24 | Thanksgiving
Tuesday | December 6 | regular first closed Tuesday
Saturday | December 24 | Christmas Eve
Sunday | December 25 | Christmas Day
Thursday | December 29 | University Holiday
Friday | December 30 | University Holiday
Saturday | December 31 | New Year's Eve
Sunday | January 1 | New Year's Day
Tuesday | January 3 | regular first closed Tuesday

The Garden will be OPEN Thursday November 11 for Veterans Day and also December 26 - 28.

Check the Garden Calendar for scheduled programs and tours.

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