UC Garden Clippings

University of California Botanical Garden

November  2012 - Vol 4, Issue 4

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Free with Garden Admission

Visitor Update
Friday, November 2 
The Garden will close
at 2:30 pm (no Admission
after 2 pm) due to the close
of Centennial Drive for the Cal Football game.

Sick Plant Clinic

Saturday, November 3
9 am - noon  

Bees Explained
Sunday, November 4
2 - 3:30 pm

Where the Wild Things Are: Animal Signs
Sunday, November 11
2 - 3:30 pm

Wednesday, November 14  
11 - 11:45 am 
Parents and babies 
Docent Walks 
Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays
1:30 pm   


Fall Self-guided Tour
The tour, which highlights plants from around the world, is a circuit and takes about one hour. It starts at the Garden Entrance. Look for the ORANGE numbered markers to guide you to the featured plants. Download the tour and map here. 
Encephalartos horridus


Cycads are a rather obscure group of plants, though most people know the sago palm, which is not a palm, but rather it is a cycad. The Garden has an outstanding collection of cycads, an ancient lineage of cone-bearing plants which look like palms but are more closely related to conifers.







Our cycad collection has been singled out and recognized by the North American Plant Collection Consortium of the American Public Garden Association. Cycads are native to warmer regions around the globe, and can be found in our Southern African, Australasian, Mexican/Central American and Asian Areas, and  

of course in the Cycad and Palm Garden which surrounds the Conference Center. 


Cycads are dioecious, meaning that separate male and female plants produce pollen and seed bearing cones, respectively.  The Garden is working with international conservation groups to preserve several very rare species of cycads.   There are several species of cycads planted in the Waterwise Entry Garden, where you can appreciate their striking landscape potential.

Members' Walk: Cycads

Thursday, November 15 1 - 2:30 pm
Discover the Garden's unsurpassed cycad collection with Horticulturist Meghan Ray. Advance registration required; members-only; free.


registration required; members-only; free


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Propagator's Choice
Encephalartos lehmannii 
Karoo Cycad, Encephalartos lehmannii  

This lovely, South African cycad will make a striking centerpiece to a garden. Over time, its trunk can grow to 6' tall and 1-1/2' in diameter and is topped rosette of rigid, blue leaves that can grow to 5' long. It is considered as one of the hardiest and drought resistant of the South African species. The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) considers it near threatened in habitat. Our plants are seed grown in large treepots and sell for $25 each. 

Giving Thanks
to our Members this Thanksgiving! 

Treat family and friends to a free Garden trip between Monday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 21.  As a member, visit the Garden during the week of Thanksgiving and enjoy free admission for you and up to five additional guests! Now is a great time to acquaint someone new to the unique plant collections, innovative exhibitions and stunning views the Garden has to offer.

Join or renew today to receive a year's worth of fantastic benefits. In addition to free year-round admission, members receive exclusive invitations to special events, discounts on programs, in the Garden Shop and at local nurseries as well as  reciprocal admission to over 270 gardens and arboreta nationwide - perfect for the upcoming holiday travel season! 

Four Ways to Join or Renew


On-Site: Stop by the Garden Kiosk

Phone: 510-643-1924

Mail: 200 Centennial Dr Berkeley CA 94720-5045

Visitor Update 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 - Centennial Drive will close at 3pm for the Cal Football game. The Garden will close at 2:30 pm (no Admission after 2 pm) on this day, please plan accordingly.

Holiday Shopping at the Garden

Be the talk of the holiday party with these Garden-inspired host/hostess gifts.

Now available at The Garden Shop
Tillandsia Globes - $18.99

Steve's Bee's Honey (Half Pint Jar) - $10
Steve's Bee's Honey (2 Oz. Little Bear) - $4.50 
Like summer in a spoon, Steve's Blackberry Honey is divine.
Only a few jars available of this hard-to-get local honey.

Upcoming Programs 


Fall Bird Walk
Saturday, November 3, 9 - 10:30 am
Observe resident, migrant and vagrant birds in the Garden's many bird-friendly microhabitats with birding expert Phila Rogers and Associate Director of Collections & Horticulture Chris Carmichael. Advance registration required; $20, $17 members. REGISTER ONLINE

New Member Welcome Wagon
Sunday, November 4, 9:30 am - noon
We're rolling out the Welcome 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 a Garden 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. Advance registration required; free. Only 4 spaces left! REGISTER ONLINE

Succulent Wreaths
Wednesday, November 7, 6 - 8 pm
Create a gorgeous succulent wreath to enjoy all year round. You'll select among a variety of succulents and be guided on how to plant and care for your wreaths. All materials provided. Advance registration required: $65, $55 members. Only 5 spaces left!  REGISTER ONLINE

Where the Wild Things Are: Animal Signs in the Garden
Sunday, November 11, 2 - 3:30 pm
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.

Family Movie Night 
Saturday, November 17, 5 - 6:30 pm
View clips from Planet Earth and see them come alive in our up-close plant display!  Pizza and popcorn provided - or bring your favorite snacks with you! Advance registration required:  $10, $8 members. 


December Preview


Spice & Chai Workshop
Saturday, December 1, 2 - 3:30 pm
Spend a chilly winter day in our warm and wonderful Tropical House - home to many of the spices you'll find in the Garden. Enjoy fascinating historical tales about the spices followed by a chai (tea) demonstration and tasting. Participants will receive a chai recipe to take home! Space is limited. Advance registration required: $20, $15 members.  REGISTER ONLINE  


Gorgeous Gifts from the Garden Holiday Soiree

Friday, December 7, 2 - 6:30 pm

You're invited to join the Garden for a special holiday shopping affair. From the sublimely simple to the ultra-chic there is sure to be a plant or Garden-inspired gift item to delight everyone on your holiday gift-giving list. Add extended shopping hours, tasty seasonal refreshments, extra discounts, hands-on activities and festive entertainment and the experience is complete! While you're here, don't forget to pick up a plant for yourself or a beautifully packaged Gift Membership for someone special. The event is FREE and fabulous! 

The Gift of Garden Membership  

by Suzanne Field, Membership & Program Manager


Happy Holidays!

As a current Member you know and understand the value and significance of the UC Botanical Garden. You have given your support and now we are asking that you share the magic of the Garden with your friends and family by giving the gift of Membership this holiday season. Garden Membership lasts a full year and compliments the recipient while supporting one of the finest and most diverse plant collections in the world!


How can we make this an even more perfect gift? By making this gift HALF OFF! Current members will receive 50% OFF all Gift Memberships this holiday season.*


*Gift recipients must NOT be a member of the same household as purchaser. Offer valid for current Members only November 1 - December 15, 2012. Discount applies to all levels of Membership. Use discount code: GIFT when redeeming online.


Buy a Gift Membership online OR download a form here.  

You can order online, over the phone at 510.643.2755, or on your next visit to the Garden!  


Feel free to contact us at 510.643.1924 or gardenmembership@berkeley.edu if you have any questions at all!


Happy holidays!   

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Editor: Vanessa Crews, vcrews@berkeley.edu, 510-643-2937