In the Garden
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 | May 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; No reservation required.
Berkeley Morris Dancers Welcome May
Sunday | May 6 | 2:30 pm
Come celebrate May at the Garden! The Berkeley Morris Dancers
will perform their traditional rites of spring.
Free with Garden admission.
May 9 |
11 - 11:45 am
Join Botanical Garden docents and their little ones 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
National Public Gardens Day
May 11 |
9 am - 5 pm
Come celebrate National Public Gardens Day with UCBG! National Public Gardens Day is a celebration of America's public gardens and their important role in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation and education. Better Homes and Gardens
magazine offers BHG readers a free admission coupon for two to visit participating public gardens on National Public Gardens Day (visit their website at bhg.com for coupon
). To show our gratitude for your support we'll be featuring special tours and activities throughout the day. There will be docent-led tours at 11am and 1pm leaving from The Garden Shop.
Free admission with BHG coupon
Fabulous Flowers: Walk & Workshop for Kids
May 12 |
10 am - noon
Take a floriferous walk through the Garden, learn about pollinators, and make a one-of-a-kind flower-themed gift - perfect for Mother's Day!
Registration recommended; drop-ins welcome; $12, $8 members.
Mother's Day Tea & Succulent Gardens
May 13 |
10am - noon
Start a new springtime tradition with mom! This succulent garden workshop is designed to nurture her creative spirit. Enjoy a traditional cream tea in our beautiful Garden setting in celebration of mom's special day. Following your splendid tea you'll get your hands dirty! With a few choice plants, a touch of inspiration and a cute container, you can create an elegant and easy-to-care-for garden. Bring a container from home or get one here!
Registration required; $45, $40 members.
A Walk through the Garden of Old Roses
Saturday | May 19 | 10 am - noon
Join horticulturist Peter Klement for a lovely morning stroll through the Garden of Old Roses at the peak of its bloom. Discover the rose's rich historical background and listen to amazing ethnobotanical tales.
Registration required; space is limited; $15, $10 members.
May 22 |
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.
Members' Walk: South America
May 23 |
1 - 2:30 pm
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. Registration required; members only; free.
June 2 |
2 - 4 pm
Join the Garden and Robert MacKimmie of City Bees
as we turn honey into wine! Participants will mix their gallon of mead under Robert's expert guidance, ensuring delicious results. The class will also present more advanced recipes for cyser (apple and honey wine) and melomel (fruit and honey). There will be plenty of samples to try, and everyone will go home with recipes, as well as a gallon jug of mead to ferment at home.
Registration required; $50, $45 members, $40 students.
New Members' Welcome Wagon
June 3 |
9:30 am - 12 pm
We're rolling out the Welcome Wagon to greet all our newest members and everyone that has joined the Garden over the past year. As a thank-you for joining the Garden family we are officially celebrating your contribution. New members are invited to join us at 9:30 am for a "meet & greet" and morning treats, followed by an introduction from Garden Director Paul Licht at 10 am. At 11 am we'll take a special docent-led tour of the Garden. Come learn more about the Garden, its exciting programs, rich history and the many ways you can become involved in our Garden community. Pre-registration required; free.