UC Garden Clippings

University of California Botanical Garden

September  2012 - Vol 4, Issue 2

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Free with Garden Admission
Garden Strollers
Wednesday, September 12 
11 - 11:45 am 
Parents and babies 

Bees Explained
Sunday, September 23 
2 - 3:30 pm 
Tropical House/Observation Hive 

Butterfly Walk
Tuesday, September 25
3 - 4 pm

Docent Walks
Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays
1:30 pm 
Tasmanian tree ferns in the Australasian Area
The Australasian Collection

The Garden's Australasian collection is one of our most unique floras, among many other distinctive floras from around the world. We use the term 'Australasia' to designate plants from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. While we think of Australia as having a Mediterranean climate, that is only true for a relatively small portion of the nation continent. Some of our Australian plants come from the Mediterranean south-western part of the continent, while others represent collections from the wetter, eastern states. The collection is rich in iconic material, including many eucalyptus (hopefully non-invasive species!) and members of the protea family, particularly Banksia species.


Given adequate water, plants from New Zealand do quite well in our Bay Area climate. While it's still a mix of Australasian plants, the tree ferns dominate the entrance "point" of the area, closest to the Japanese Pool. These plants create a rich and exotic environment reminiscent of the tree fern forests of New Zealand. The collection also contains the southern-most growing palm, the nikau (Rhopalostylis sapida), which is also the only palm endemic to New Zealand. Other distinctive New Zealand natives include fuchsias, numerous ferns, and podocarp conifers from this island nation.


Members' Walk: Australasia

Thursday | September 13 | 1 - 2 pm

Join Horticulturist Dylan Ferreira as he guides you on this autumn walk through the Garden's Australasian section. The tour will explore the protea and the eucalyptus families and their respective habitats and highlight the ferns and conifers of this unique plant collection.
registration required; members-only; free

Join the Garden! 

Fall Plant Sale
Matilija Poppy | Romneya coulteri Photo | Melanie Hofmann 
Sunday | September 30 
Members | 9 - 10:30 am | Coffee & Pastries | Join! 
Public | 10:30 am - 2 pm

Get a head start on your fall planting 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. 

Visit the FALL PLANT SALE website


Sponsored by: 

The Urban Farmer Store

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.  

Join the Garden's
In Crowd

Eucalyptus kybeanensis
Join the Garden's In Crowd! In the swinging sixties the In Crowd referred to people who went to the best parties and events- we're carrying on that tradition by inviting you to be a part of our exclusive Fall Plant Sale Members'-only Preview Sale and celebration. The highlight of our autumn calendar is the Fall Plant Sale on Sunday, September 30th and membership has its privileges at this renowned event.

Garden members get first pick of the choicest plants at this plant-shopping extravaganza. Members enjoy exclusive shopping hours from 9 - 10:30 am - before we open the gates to the public! The Members'-only Preview will also feature tasty, seasonal breakfast treats courtesy of local favorites Trumpet Vine Catering and the International House. Members will also enjoy an exciting silent auction featuring rare and exquisite plants. When you join at the Family Plus or above levels you will receive an additional Plant Sale guest-pass (es) to share with friends or family. Renew now or become a member at the gate, and start a new year of enjoying the many benefits being part of the Garden In Crowd.

Five Ways to Join or Renew


On-Site: Stop by the Garden Kiosk

Phone: 510-643-1924

FAX: 510-642-3012

Mail: 200 Centennial Dr Berkeley CA 94720-5045

Upcoming Programs 


Register by calling 510-643-2755 daily between 9 am and 4 pm or email gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Small Space Orchards: Growing Fruit Trees in Small Gardens 

Sunday | September 16 | 11 am - 12 pm

Don't have acres to grow a variety of fresh, healthy fruit? Let Claire Splan, author of California Fruit and Vegetable Gardening, show you simple techniques for growing a small orchard in a typical Bay Area home garden. You'll learn how to select the best fruit varieties, choose space-saving varieties, plant and care for container-grown fruit trees, and much more! Copies of Claire's book, California Fruit and Vegetable Gardening will be available for purchase. Advance registration required; $15, $10 members. REGISTER ONLINE


Where the Wild Things Are: Animal Signs in the Garden

Sunday | September 23 | 10:30 - noon

What animals do you think might have their home in or near the UC Botanical Garden? What sign might they leave as clues to their presence? Test your nature detective skills by examining plaster casts made from animal tracks and learn about the different gaits (walk, gallop, hop) used by animals. Play a critter identification guessing game looking at clues of signs and tracks. Free with Garden admission.


Cal Homecoming
Friday | October 5 & Sunday | October 7
Alumni are invited to celebrate a Cal tradition by touring the stunning UC Botanical Garden - one of Cal's oldest and most beautiful museums. Docent tours at 11 am, 12:30 and 1:30 pm. Free admission for alumni!


Photo by Yoni Mayeri 
iPhoneography: Create Great Garden Photos Using an iPhone
Saturday | October 6 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
The best camera is the one that is with you! Let expert iPhone photographer Yoni Mayeri show you how to capture and edit images with just your iPhone. Learn the best practices for photographing and editing using exclusively the iPhone. The class will cover: essential phone camera tips for optimizing digital capture, choosing subjects and framing that work best with the iPhone, best practices for saving, uploading and transferring images and using apps for basic editing and enhancing images...all done on the iPhone. Whether you shoot people, flora and fauna, landscape or abstract subjects or just want to make great images with the iPhone this class will help you take your iPhoneography to the next level.
Advance registration required; $50, $45 members. REGISTER ONLINE 



Yoni Mayeri is a successful commercial photographer and visual artist.  Her subjects are often based in landscape, atmosphere and botanicals. She has led classes and seminars for Nikon, Polaroid and Minolta. Her clients include JFK University, UC Berkeley, Berkeley City College, The Peralta Foundation, Bill Graham Presents and Clear Channel. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area including at the deYoung Museum, 111 Minna Gallery and The Fillmore.  

Mix & Match Note Cards   
Garden Originals

We produce our original note cards with Garden inspired designs. Colorful photographs of plants and scenery are taken at various places in the Garden. Renowned artist Gary Bukovnik's elegant watercolor pictures will remind you of our Garden of Old Roses, as well as Pitcher Plants which are currently featured at the Garden entrance.  


Various designs of beautiful botanical portraits are selected from the annual botanical illustration exhibition,

and our note card collection is growing every year!

We have also picked some of the popular images from our faunal guide, Illustrated Guide to Common Animals of the East Bay Hills to create attractive cards. Local artist Dana Gardner's  

captivating images are accompanied by an informative description on the backside of cards.

The UC Botanical Garden's colorful and stylish cards are perfect for any occasion. In fact, many of the happy couples who plan their weddings at the Garden love our original note cards for wedding invitations and thank-you letters.

The UC Botanical Garden's original note cards are $1.50 each or $12.95 for a dozen. You can choose a single design. But why not mix and match these beautiful cards to make your own package?


Proceeds from The Garden Shop benefit the Garden.

  Strong Back?
We Need You!

Volunteers for the Fall Plant Sale 
Sunday, September 30, 2012 
Members' Preview Sale: 9 am - 10:30 am   
Public Sale: 10:30 am-2 pm 

Volunteers shifts are as follows:
8:30 am - 12:00 pm and/or 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Jobs include helping customers put plants into the hold areas, writing up tags for purchase at cashier's station, moving/loading plants for customers, returning plants to stock after the sale, equipment removal and clean-up.

You must be able to lift approx. 20 lbs and be willing to work cooperatively with others in a fun, but often hectic environment!

Please contact:
Grace Pegan Weltner, Volunteer & Tour Coordinator

Visit the FALL PLANT SALE website. 

Coming Soon!  
Foods of the Americas Exhibit 

Wednesday | October 10 - Wednesday | October 24
9 am - 4 pm

From chocolate to quinoa, discover the cornucopia of food crops that originated in the Americas thousands of years ago. Exhibit free with Garden Admission; Tours available

Foods of the Americas Family Day!

Saturday | October 13 | 9 am - 4 pm
11am & 1 pm Spanish and English Docent Led Tours of the Exhibit
2 pm Native Food Tastings & Crafts
Free with Garden Admission


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The UC Garden Clippings is a publication of the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. You can manage your subscriptions to Garden electronic publications by choosing Update Profile/Email Address at the bottom of the newsletter. The Update Profile/Email Address feature provides subscription options, allowing you to select those garden publications you wish to receive. Select Safe Unsubscribe to remove your email address from all UCBG electronic publications. The Garden offers five email publications:
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  • Updates: Occasional brief emails are sent to highlight special garden events.
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  • Botanical Art: You''ll receive exclusive information about classes and exhibitions.  
Editor: Vanessa Crews, vcrews@berkeley.edu, 510-643-2937