UC Garden Clippings

University of California Botanical Garden

December  2012 - Vol 4, Issue 5

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Free with Garden Admission

Visitor Update
Monday, December 24 & Tuesday, December 25 - 
The Garden will be closed for Christmas.

Sick Plant Clinic

Saturday, December 1
9 am - noon  
Wednesday, December 12  
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.

On Display in 2013
Plants Illustrated Exhibition
January 19 - February 8, 2013 
Arctostaphylos pajaroensis
Evergreens in the UCBG collection

At this time of the year as leaves turn color and drop throughout the Garden, we become particularly aware of evergreen trees and shrubs.  Broadleaf evergreens are found in many plant families.   Typically we think of rhododendrons, magnolias and hollies as having evergreen taxa.  Even casual observation yields examples of broadleaf evergreen species in all biogeographic areas of the Garden. 

California is rich in evergreen trees and shrubs, including coast live oak, California bay and grape holly (Berberis spp.), to name a few.  There are many broadleaf evergreens in our most tropical assemblage, the Mexican and Central American cloud forest collection. 

Of course the stars of the evergreen show are the conifers.  Pines, cypress, spruce, redwoods, podocarps, araucarias and many other cone bearing trees are found throughout the Garden's collections.  Be sure to take the opportunity to appreciate evergreens in the Garden's winter landscape, and consider how you might use them to good effect in your own garden.

Members' Walk: Broadleaf Evergreens

Friday, December 14 | 1 - 2:30 pm

The upcoming winter season with its bare deciduous trees brings the presence of evergreens in the landscape into clear focus. While conifers are perhaps the evergreens we are most familiar with, broad-leafed evergreens belonging to many plant families also occur throughout the landscape. Examples include hollies, bay laurel, and evergreen magnolias. Join Chris Carmichael, the Garden's Associate Director for Collections and Horticulture for a walking tour of broad-leaf evergreens in the Garden. Advance registration required; members-only; free




Propagator's Choice
Piute Cypress

Piute Cypress, Hesperocyparis (Cupressus) nevadensis

Piute Cypress is a small tree (25'-30') that is endemic to the mountains of Kern County (central California). It features beautiful blue- grey foliage which is nicely aromatic. They are hardy down to -15 F and drought-resistant once established. It is a very nice tree for small to medium yards. You can use them as a living holiday tree then plant them in your garden afterwards.

We have them in 18" deep treepots for only $15 at the Plant Deck

Visitor Update 
The Garden will be closed for the Holidays.

A Celebration of
Wild Mushrooms:

43rd Annual Fungus Fair
Saturday and Sunday, December 1 - 2 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Get up close to hundreds of wild mushrooms at the  43nd annual Fungus Fair, being held this year at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Garden members can visit the Lawrence Hall of Science (including the Fungus Fair) throughout December for FREE! Be sure to bring your current membership card for free admission.

Join the Garden!

Gorgeous Gifts  
from the Garden  
Holiday Soiree

Friday, December 7 | 2 - 6:30 pm   


10% off everything in The Garden Shop


20% off for Members


30% off for Volunteers with a Membership


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. The evening will feature seasonal treats from Sweet Adeline Bakeshop and Love at First Bite Bakery and teas from Juniper Ridge, live music from the California Golden Overtones, the UC Berkley Men's Octet and Dil Se. Add extra Shop discounts and the experience is complete! The Garden Shop and local vendors Back to the Roots and The Blue Chair Fruit Company will be on hand to help us celebrate with eco-friendly and handmade items. While you're at the Garden, don't forget to pick up a plant for yourself or a beautifully packaged gift membership for someone special. This shopping event is FREE and fabulous


Soiree & Sale start at 2:00 pm

Live Music!

2:30 pm California Golden Overtones

4:30 pm UC Berkeley Men's Octet

5:30 pm Dil Se


Holiday Gifts at The Garden Shop

Metaphor Organic Soap - $9 | Blue Chair Jam - $9 | Back to the Roots Mushroom Kit - $23.95  

'Tis the Season
for giving Garden Membership! 

Share the magic of the Garden with your friends and family by giving the gift of Garden Membership.  Gift Memberships are a delightful and easy way to help nourish the Garden's collection, and support education and cultural programs at the Garden. It's a gift filled with opportunities to create experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

Special Offer! Current Members will receive 50% OFF all Gift Memberships 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. Benefits include:
- Free unlimited admission for 12 months
- 10% off in the Garden Shop, discounts at local nurseries
- Reciprocal admission at over 270 participating gardens and arboreta
- Invitations to exclusive members-only events, and savings on classes and programs
- Better Homes and Gardens magazine subscription

*Gift recipients must NOT be a member of the same household as purchaser. Offer valid for current Members only NOW - December 15, 2012. Discount applies to all levels of Membership. No limit on quantity. Use discount code: GIFT when redeeming online. 

Buy a Gift Membership online OR Download a form here.

If you have any questions about your Membership the Membership Department will be delighted to help you:  email gardenmembership@berkeley.edu or call 510-643-2755
Four Ways to Join or Renew
On-Site: Stop by the Garden Kiosk
Phone: 510-643-1924
Mail: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045

Free for Members

A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms: 43rd Annual Fungus Fair 
Saturday & Sunday, December 1 - 2, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Garden members can visit the Lawrence Hall of Science (including the Fungus Fair) throughout December for FREE!
Members Walk: Broadleaf Evergreens
Friday, December 14, 1 -2:30 pm
Join Chris Carmichael, the Garden's Associate Director for Collections and Horticulture for a walking tour of broad-leaf evergreens in the Garden. Members only

Upcoming Programs 


Sick Plant Clinic

Saturday December 1, 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.

No reservation required; free


ONLY 3 SPACES LEFT! Spice and Chai Workshop  

Saturday, December 1, 2 - 3:30 am
Spend a chilly winter day in our warm and wonderful Tropical House - home to many of the spices  you'll find in the Garden. Local ethnobotanist and botanical artisan, Deepa Natarajan will introduce you to fascinating historical tales about the spices followed by a chai (tea) demonstration and tasting. Deepa most recently taught back to back sold out chai-making workshops at the Oaktown Spice Shop. Participants will receive a chai recipe to take home!  

Space is limited. Advance registration required: $20, $15 members     



SOLD OUT! Evergreen Wreaths and Garlands

Wednesday, December 5, 6 - 8 pm

Create a beautiful and festive wreath or garland to add to your holiday decorations. Greens from the Garden and other materials are included, but be sure to bring your own hand pruners.  



SOLD OUT! Botanical Art with Catherine Watters: Winter Botanicals

Friday, December 7, 10am - 4 pm

Explore beautiful winter botanical subjects and make them come to life! The instructor will guide you through the steps of drawing and building layers of color to capture their form, rich colors and texture. Your painting may be the perfect subject for your holiday cards! Advance registration required; $80, $75 members


Handmade for the Holidays 
Saturday, November 15, 11 am - 1 pm 
Join the Garden for this family program as we create gifts and festive decorations inspired by the Garden's diverse collection of plants. Materials & snacks provided! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop-ins welcome. $12, $10 members, $7 children    






Natural Discourse Symposium

Friday, January 11, 9 am - 4 pm 

The creative minds behind Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists and Poets in the Garden present a diverse group of speakers who will address questions about how man's invention and interpretation of nature has influenced their practice. The symposium compliments the exhibition Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Garden currently on view throughout the UCBG through 20 January 2013. $125



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