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 for event registration or to purchase/renew a membership.
Sick Plant Clinic
Saturday | January 7 | 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!
Newts Explained at the Japanese Pool
Sunday | January 8 | 2 - 3 pm
Come visit the Japanese Pool at the Garden where there are a few newts for viewing (despite the lack of rain). A docent will be available to explain the newt activity and maybe even net a newt or two for a close-up look, while explaining the newt's life-cycle and habitat. Free with Garden admission. Registration not required.
Plants Illustrated Exhibition
| Valley oak |
(Quercus lobata) by Marilyn Swanson
(available as a Garden notecard)
January 14 - February 3 | 10 am - 4 pm
The Garden is pleased to announce its third annual botanical art exhibition, Plants Illustrated.
The exhibition, held in conjunction with the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists, invites viewers to explore the relationship between scientific study and fine art. The exhibit presents original artworks in watercolor, graphite, colored pencil and pen & ink and explores the many styles, forms and approaches unique to botanical art and illustration. Free with Garden admission.
Botanical Art for Youth and Young Adults
Saturday | January 14 | 10 am - noon
In this creative youth workshop students will be introduced to Botanical Art and tour the wonderful botanical illustrations in the Plants Illustrated exhibition. Students will discover how to draw flora from the Garden and have fun making impressive works of art to take home. We'll even create an online gallery to display the work! Recommended for ages 8 and up! Registration required: $20, $15 members.
Botanical Art Through the Ages
Friday | January 20 | 2 - 3:30 pm
Join artist Catherine Watters
for an in-depth look at the rich history of botanical art. View a collection of prints, slides and other media covering major botanical artists such as Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Maria Sybilla Merian and events such as Tulipomania and the Age of Exploration. $10, $5 members, UCB students, staff & faculty.
Winter Bird Walk
Saturday | January 21 | 9 - 10:30 am
Winter is a surprisingly active time for birds in the Garden. Join Chris Carmichael, Associate Director of Collections and Horticulture and Phila Rogers for this lovely morning walk through the Garden. A pair of comfortable shoes, binoculars and a warm jacket will be in order. Space is limited. Registration required: $20, $15 members.
Arid House: Members' Walk
Thursday | January 26 | 1 - 2:30
Join Horticulturist Bryan Gim on this special tour through the Garden's Arid House. Explore colorful cacti, succulents and other plants from cool, dry and warm, dry areas of the world in this glasshouse adventure. Space is limited. Registration Required; members only; free.