UC Garden Clippings

University of California Botanical Garden

January  2013 - Vol 4, Issue 6

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Free with Garden Admission

Newts Explained

Saturday, January 19

2 - 3:30 pm

Visitor Update
Monday, Janauary 21 -

The Garden will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Plants Illustrated Exhibition
Opening Reception
Saturday, January 26

2 - 4 pm

Sick Plant Clinic

Saturday, February 2
9 am - noon  
Wednesday, February 13    
11 - 11:45 am 
Parents and babies 
Docent Walks 
Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays
1:30 pm   


Winter 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. 

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© 2009 Genevieve Shiffrar
The Arid House
The Arid House
It is a little known fact that the Arid House contains the single largest collection at the Garden, larger even than the biggest outdoor collections, California and Asia.  The Arid House holds a taxonomically diverse collection of cacti and succulents from around the world, containing nearly 2000 accessions and over 1200 taxa.  Some of the specimens are quite old, dating to the 1930's.  Many of our plants were collected on early UC Berkeley expeditions to the Andes.

The Arid House is divided into three chambers which provide different growing conditions.  All three chambers have similar temperatures during the day, but at night the degree to which temperatures drop varies.  

A warm display chamber closest to the Garden entrance is where you can meet these dry growing plants up close and personal - but their spiny surfaces are a reminder not to get too close! 

The central chamber contains warm-growing succulents, many from Africa, including aloes, gasterias, and haworthias.  This chamber also houses cacti from warm climates, particularly from the Caribbean. 

The final chamber houses cooler growing cacti, as well as succulents such as living stone plants from southern Africa. Plants in this chamber benefit from a drop in temperature at night.

The Arid House is a great destination year round, but particularly during the colder winter months.  Interpretive panels make a visit to the House a learning experience.  We invite you to come and enjoy this diverse and fascinating collection.

Members' Walk: The Arid House 

Thursday, January 17 | 1 - 2:30 pm

Join Horticulturist Bryan Gim on this special tour through the Garden's Arid House. Explore colorful cacti, succulents and other plants from cool, dry and warm, dry areas of the world in this glasshouse adventure. Space is limited. Advance registration required; members-only; free




Propagator's Choice

Agave guadalajarana

Maguey Chato,
Agave guadalajarana

This stunning succulent forms a small rosette (to 2' in diameter). It has beautiful grey-blue leaves with scalloped margins and brownish-red spines. It is hardy in our area and, as with many succulents, is highly drought resistant. They are fabulous in outdoor gardens but we are also growing this in the Arid Greenhouse Collection. The pictured plant is our accession 96.0972 Agave guadalajarana from Jalisco State, Mexico.

We are offering small plants in 1 gallon pots for $10.00. You can also visit the Plant Deck to see our varied selection of cacti and succulents.

Attention Garden Visitors
The Garden will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Member for a Day 

Saturday, January 19, 10am - 4 pm


Your Garden membership gets a little bigger on January 19!  


Bay Area cultural institutions are teaming up to host Member for a Day on Saturday, January 19, 2013.  


Members can enjoy reciprocal admission and special activities at the Asian Art Museum, the Cartoon Art Museum, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Museum of the African Diaspora, Oakland Museum of California, SF Camerawork, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the UC Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (free tickets to the PFA Theater only), the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley, the Walt Disney Family Museum,  

and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Please present your membership card for two free admissions per membership at each location; some restrictions apply. 

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


Gifts at The Garden Shop
Succulent Candles
Succulent Candle Set ($15)

Garden-Inspired Jewelry
Humming Bird Earrings ($28.95)
Opening Soon!  
Saturday, Janauary 19 - Sunday, February 8 Open daily from 10 am - 4 pm
The Garden is pleased to announce its fourth annual botanical art exhibition, Plants Illustrated. The exhibition, held in conjunction with the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists, invites viewers to explore the relationship between scientific study and fine art. The exhibit presents original artworks in watercolor, graphite, colored pencil and pen & ink and explores the many styles, forms and approaches unique to botanical art and illustration. Free with Garden Admission

VIEW the Plants Illustrated webpage.

Plants Illustrated Opening Reception
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 2 pm  - 4 pm
Meet the artists of the Plants Illustrated Exhibition and enjoy wine and refreshments.
Open to the public. Free with Garden Admission.

Botanical Art through the Ages with Catherine Watters

Thursday, January 24, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Botanical Art has a rich and colorful history dating back to the 15th century BC. The lecture will take you through the centuries focusing on major events such as Tulipomania and The Age of Exploration and famous botanical artists like Maria Sybilla Merian, Georg Ehret and Pierre-Joseph Redouté. Examples of important paintings will be on display. Registration required: $15, $5 members. 



Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters
Thursday, February 28, 10 am - 4 pm 

Capture on paper what nature does so beautifully! Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, compose, draw and paint plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. All levels are welcome and students may use watercolor, colored pencils or graphite. Advance registration required.  

$80, $75 members


Closing Soon!
This Weekend:
Natural Discourse
Now through Sunday, January 20, 2013
This weekend is your last chance to view the Natural Discourse Exhibition before it closes.
VIEW the exhibition webpage for more information. Free with Garden admission

Natural Discourse Symposium:
Form and Function

The Physical and the Philosophical
Friday, January 11, 2013, 9 am  - 5 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. $125, $110 members
Coming Soon
Summer Camp 2013

Our very popular Green Stuff summer camp will open for registration in the next few weeks!

Get ready to enroll your 5 to 10 year olds in this very special plant science day camp that runs June 17 to August 16.
Check our website for updates.

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