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University of California Botanical Garden

August 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 1

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The Fern Collection
Staghorn Fern in the
Australasia Area

When talking about ferns many of us immediately think of lush, green settings in woodland or tropical habitats. While they certainly grow in these settings, ferns as a group occur in many different habitats and are quite versatile. People are often surprised to know that certain ferns are adapted for life in the desert. The Xerophytic Fern Display that runs along the side of the Arid House showcases these dry growing gems.   

A number of ferns, found in our Aquatic Plant Display, are fully aquatic and look in no way like a traditional fern. Some ferns climbs, and many, like staghorns, are epiphytic. The Garden has a lovely collection of tree ferns that form a striking display in the Australasian Area. Native ferns with relatively low water requirements, including sword and maidenhair ferns, are found throughout the California Area. The Garden collection contains over 350 fern species, making it one of the largest fern collections in North America. Ferns are found in all of the Garden's biogeographic collections, and in addition to the special displays mentioned above, tropical fern species are displayed in the Orchid, Fern and Carnivorous Plant House.


Members' Horticultural Walk: Ferns
| August 23 | 1 - 2:30 pm
Chris Carmichael, the Garden's Associate Director for
Collections and Horticulture, will guide you through the
Garden's exceptionally rich collection of ferns. In addition
to tropical species grown in the greenhouses, ferns are found
in all the biogeographical collections of the Garden, including
the New World Desert! From native to exotic, there are many ferns suitable for your Bay Area garden. 
Free. Members only. Registration required. Call 510-643-2755

Propagator's Choice 

Dwarf Hard Fern | Blechnum penna-marina

Blechnum penna-marina is a great evergreen groundcover fern with fronds under a foot tall. It has a natural range that spans from Chile and adjacent areas of Argentinabut it is also found in Australia and some Pacific islands. It does well in shade or almost full sun if provided with enough water and is hardy to 25F. Emergent fronds are a bronze color turning to a glossy, rich green. It will do well in a sunny alpine setting, in pots on your patio or in your woodland garden.  

It looks  especially nice when planted among rocks or logs. We are offering 1 gallon pots of this gem for $10.00.

Saturday Native Plant Sales

Starting this August 4, the UC Botanical Garden will be opening up their Native Plant Propagation Area to the public for sales every Saturday morning from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm. We will also remain open on Thursdays during the same hours. Our selection has improved greatly and the plants are robust and healthy. Our knowledgeable volunteer propagators will be on hand to help with your selections. For more information:  http://ucbgcn.blogspot.com/  

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Summer Concerts Continue!
August 2nd through 30th, the Garden's Redwood Grove is enchanted by live music after hours as the Summer Concert in the Redwood Grove series continues.  The stellar line-up of diverse local musicians in our can't-be-beat venue has everyone raving about the series and calling it the "Stern Grove of the East Bay". Tomorrow, come hear two sirens play dark & pretty neo-folk tunes.  Emily Jane White is rooted in haunting country blues, while Foxtails Brigade has a Victorian chamber-pop sound all their own. Buy online now to guarantee a ticket.Bring a picnic and enjoy music during this last month of golden summer!

Thursdays 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Redwood Grove door opens: 5:00 pm Ticket includes admission to the Garden before 4:30 pm.
Space is limited an
d we expect some shows to sell out early. 
BYO picnic, drinks, and warm clothing (it may get chilly).
We encourage you to purchase tickets online.

Click HERE for COMPLETE CONCERT LINEUP  and band links. 

Emily Jane White + Foxtails Brigade

Thursday | August 2 | 5:30 pm

Americana folk and blues with strings and neo-Victorian fairy-tale chamber pop.

Doors at 5:00; show at 5:30. Tickets required: $12, $10 members; Youth $5; Under 5 free


Rupa & the April Fishes + Quinn DeVeaux   

Thursday | August 9 | 5:30 pm

Nomadic roots rock and early blues dance rhythms. REGISTER ONLINE! 

Doors at 5:00; show at 5:30. Tickets required: $15, $12 members; Youth $5; Under 5 free


Ticket prices range between $5 - $15/concert
Purchase your tickets in advance (online)!   

Garden Shop Volunteers Wanted!

Do you like plants and botanically themed books and gifts? Do you enjoy working with the public? Do you want to give back to your community? Come and volunteer in the Garden Shop! UC Botanical Garden Shop volunteers sell gifts, plants, books, greet visitors and provide information about the Garden and plants.The Garden Shop generates much-needed revenue for UCBG.

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at perry@berkeley,edu 
for more information.
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Explore the Garden with Membership

Let the Garden be the perfect place to renew your artistic energy. The Garden is a living museum which unveils a changing aesthetic season by season so  

there is always something new to behold and treasure. This summer the Garden's Natural Discourse exhibition, concerts and creative workshops bring even more inspiration to your Garden visits. Garden members enjoy exclusive monthly members-only horticulture walks and discounts on exciting programs like the Natural Discourse Poetry Walk on August 22, PhotoBotanic with Saxon Holt on August 25, Pine Needle Basketry on September 1 and on Summer Concerts in the Redwood Grove tickets throughout the season. And, of course, members always enjoy FREE Garden admission throughout the year! We offer many different levels of membership - there's sure to be one that's just right for you!


Traveling this vacation season? UCBG members get reciprocal privileges and discounts at over 270 gardens, arboreta and conservatories across the nation! Now including the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park! View details here.  



Discounts for Members
Summer Birding Walk 
Saturday | August 4 | 9 - 10:30 am
Listen to the sounds of summer! Join Phila Rogers, expert birder, and Chris Carmichael, the Garden's Associate Director for Collections and Horticulture, on a morning walk to discover the Garden's bird life. Advance registration required: $20, $17 members. REGISTER ONLINE!

Join or renew today and enjoy a serene and sunny summer in the Garden! 

Five Ways to Join
On-Site: Stop by the Garden Kiosk
Phone: 510-643-2755 x0
FAX: 510-642-3012
Mail: 200 Centennial Dr Berkeley CA 94720

Membership questions: Suzanne Field, 510.643.1924 or gardenmembership@berkeley.edu.

August Books - Life After Lawn

Does your lawn make your water bill skyrocket?  

Does your lawn prevent you from taking a longer vacation? Do you want to redesign your lawn but do not know where to start? Anthony Garza, Supervisor of Horticulture & Grounds of the UC Botanical Garden, suggests a few excellent books for regionally appropriate lawn alternatives.


Reimagining the California Lawn: Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs by Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien ($27.95) offers practical solutions for our climate. Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives by Evelyn J. Hadden ($24.95) provides a guide for transforming your lawn into a livable garden.  



The American Meadow Garden: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn by John Greenlee and Saxon Holt (hardcover $34.95) proposes a shimmering mini-ecosystem, in which regionally appropriate grasses combine with colorful perennials to form a rich tapestry that is friendly to all life. Gorgeous photography by Saxon Holt visually illustrates the message with stunning examples of meadow gardens from across the country. Holt will share his photography technique at the PhotoBotanic Workshop on August 25th.


All of these books are available at the The Garden Shop.  

Proceeds from The Garden Shop benefit the Garden.

Save the Date!
Matilija Poppy | Romneya coulteri
Photo | Melanie Hofmann

Sunday | September 30 
Members | 9 - 10:30 am 
Public | 10:30 am - 2 pm

Get a head start at our eagerly anticipated fall sale. We specialize in regionally appropriate, Mediterranean climate plants including California natives, and plants from South Africa, Australia, the Mediterranean region, and South America. We also have the exotic and unusual.Our wide variety of plant offerings will appeal to everyone.  





P.S. We are looking for sponsors to support our annual Fall Plant Sale! Click HERE for more information on becoming a sponsor to this popular event.  


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