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ON THE DECK | July 2012

 Dear Garden Friends, 


Herb gardens aren't just for those of a culinary inclination. They make fine additions to your garden regardless of your gastronomic intent. The Mediterranean climate herbs we feature grow well in our Bay Area conditions, have wonderfully scented foliage, and provide some surprisingly beautiful blooms. Try a few in your garden; we have a great selection to choose from on the Plant Deck and great inspiration in the Garden's collection. 


Happy gardening, 

Bryan Gim


Bryan Gim    

Coordinator of Volunteer Propagation Program & Horticulturist 


PS: You just might find a few bees buzzing around the Herb Garden on your visit. To get a closer look at these famous pollinators, join us for Bees Explained at the Observation Hive, a docent-led discovery of the Tropical House observation hive.

Our California Native, Trees & Shrubs and Landscape Cacti and Succulent  nurseries are open to the public most Thursdays, weather permitting from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm.
Little Stinker 
The Herb Garden
Oregano 'Marshall's Memory' (Origanum)
Marshall's Memory is one of the longest blooming, most prolific, and best drying ornamental oreganos. It forms a dense mat, spreading to 2' broad. Its leaves are small, roundish and dark green in color. In late summer it carries many large clusters of lavender flowers, poking out from rosy bracts. It can be used in container plantings, along borders, as a groundcover or in herb gardens.

Thymus hirsutus  

This rare thyme is great for perennial borders. It grows 4-6 inches high and forms low, dense mats of fine textured foliage. You'll be treated to fluffy heads of pink blossoms in the spring. This thyme prefers a sunny location with good drainage. It is a finely textured, fairly drought-tolerant ground cover.

Rosemary Jen's Blush (Rosmarinus officinalis) 

This rosemary forms a small shrub to 3' tall. It has thin, olive green needles set straight  

on the stems giving this plant a spiky texture. The leaves are wonderfully aromatic.  

Jen's Blush features flowers that are light pinkish lavender with darker lavender markings, distinctly different from rosemary 'Majorcan Pink'. It is quite lovely when in bloom (spring through summer). Grow it in full to partial sun and give regular water.

Botanical Art: Summer Flowers
Little Stinker
Illustration |
Catherine M. Watters

Friday, July 20, 10 am - 4 pm   

Capture on paper what nature does so beautifully! Students will be instructed to observe, compose, draw and paint great detail these wonderful subjects. Vibrant flowers from the Garden are sure to inspire your flower portrait masterpiece. All levels are welcome and students may use watercolor, colored pencils or graphite. Advance registration required; $80, $75 members.  REGISTER ONLINE 

Bees Explained at the Observation Hive 

Saturday, July 31, 2 - 3:30 pm  

Join the Garden and one of our experts as we reveal what's going on behind the door to our observation hive located inside the Tropical House. Find the queen and her court. Identify larvae, eggs and honey in the comb and understand the roles of bees.  

Free with Garden admission. Registration not required.  

Sunset Stroll 

Tuesday, July 31, 5 - 8 pm  

Experience a special evening docent-led tour of the Garden or simply enjoy the glorious evening light as you walk through the Garden in the quiet after hours. Free with Garden admission.   

Emily Jane White +
Foxtails Brigade
Concert | Emily Jane White + Foxtails Brigade   

Thursday, August 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm  

Americana folk and blues and neo-Victorian  

fairy-tale folk songs.Door at 5:00; show at 5:30. Tickets required: $12, $10 members;  

Youth $5; Under 5 free.


Greenstuff Summer Camp
Green Stuff camper
Only Two Sessions Left!  

August 6 - August 10 & August 13 - August 17  

(for ages 5 to 7)

Sign up today for the last two open sessions of Green Stuff Summer Camp. Sessions fill fast.  

Give your little gardener an extraordinary Garden experience this summer.  



"You have a beautiful thing going!  

As a longtime UCBG member,  I deeply appreciate your willingness to share this precious resource with our young citizens. I have to say it again -  thank you for sharing this place with the children."  - Green Stuff Parent  

Garden Exhibition

Natural Discourse
Photo | Mitchell Maher
Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Garden is now open
for view at the Garden from 9 am - 4:30pm daily! The show is a collaborative project between The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley and a multi-disciplinary group of artists, writers, architects and researchers who have been invited to spend time in the Garden's extraordinary collection of plants, engage with the horticulturists and develop new site specific work. Get more information on the exhibition at the Natural Discourse website.

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.

Write gardenmembership@berkeley.edu with questions regarding your membership.
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