UC Garden Clippings

University of California Botanical Garden

August  2013 - Vol 5, Issue 2

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Free with Garden Admission

Sick Plant Clinic
Saturday, August 3

9 am  - 12 pm

Docent-led Tours

Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays

1:30 pm   

Bee Explainers
Sunday, August 11 & 25
11:30 am - 1 pm

Butterfly Walk
Tuesday, August 27
3 pm - 4pm

Summer Self-Guided
Tour Brochure 


Tuesday, August 6

Banner Photo | Melanie Hofmann  

Photo by Melanie Hofmann

At this time of year we are highly aware of the presence - or absence- of water in our gardens. Here at UCBG we grow plants from the five Mediterranean climate zones of the world (can you name them?), including our own Californian flora. Plants from these zones are adapted to survive dry, largely rainless summers, and cool, wet winters. In general they need a minimum of supplemental water.  


Other areas of the collection require more irrigation, such as our Asian, Mexican and Central American, and Eastern North American Areas. In addition to irrigation, water occurs throughout the Garden in other presentations, including the Japanese Pool and Strawberry Creek, one of three creeks that run through the Garden.  


The Aquatic Plant Display is constructed largely as a teaching tool for UC classes, but the lotus, pickerel weed, and other aquatic plants put on a lovely show reminding us that water can be introduced to the driest of gardens in limited and contained ways.  


When you next visit, spend some time in cooling proximity to  

the Garden's various aquatic displays. In addition to the ones mentioned look for another in the Herb Garden and several in the Californian Area.


Water Features with Chris Carmichael
Tuesday, August 13, 1 pm - 2:30 pm
See below for details.
Propagator's Choice
Drosera capensis, Cape Sundew 
Photo by Michal Rubes

The cape sundew is a carnivorous plant from the southwestern Cape region of South Africa. It is small in stature, with a rosette size of about 3-4" in diameter and 6" Tall. Its strap-like leaves are covered in tiny tentacles at the end of which is a glistening droplet of sticky sundew, designed to entice and capture small insect prey. One caught, the leaf will curl around its meal and absorb it. It is among the easiest of carnivorous plants to keep indoors. It grows very well in open air, on a sunny windowsill, as long as its pot sits in a saucer with an inch of water. Small pots of Drosera capensis are $5.00 each. Check out our nice selection of other carnivorous plants on the Plant Deck.


Summer Self-Guided Tour
Agathis australis | Kauri cone

Enjoy the final weeks of summer with the Summer Self-Guided Tour of the UC Botanical Garden. The tour, which highlights plants from around the world, is a circuit and takes about an hour. It starts and ends at the Garden Entrance. Look for the ORANGE NUMBERED MARKERS to guide you to the featured plants.   

Download the tour and map HERE
Get More for Your Membership 


Join the Garden as a new member this August and receive  

a 30% off coupon for purchases in  The Garden Shop and  

Plant Deck.  

FINE PRINT: Offer is not valid for members joining with an Amazon,  

Groupon or Living Social voucher. Coupon is one-time use only and  

may not be combined with any other discounts or used at the Fall or

Spring Plant Sales. Coupon expires 30 days from the date issued. 


On-Site: Stop by the Garden Kiosk
Phone: 510-643-2755
Mail: 200 Centennial Dr Berkeley
        CA 94720-5045


Contact our Membership Department  

at  510.643.1924 or gardenmembership@berkeley.edu 

August Programs

Photo by Melanie Hoffman
Summer Birding Walk
Saturday, August 3, 9 am - 10:30 am
Listen to the sounds of summer! Join 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


Photo by Marion Brenner
Water Features with
Chris Carmichael
Tuesday, August 13, 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Join our Associate Director of Collections and Horticulture for a unique and lovely tour of the Garden's many water features.
Free; members only

Ponds and Creeks Tour 
Saturday, August 17, 1 pm - 2 pm

Explore the Garden's water habitats from gently flowing creeks to still pond waters. Dip nets in pools and examine plants, insects, and microscopes. Learn about photosynthesis, decomposers, and the importance of protecting these fragile environments.  

Advance registration required.  

$12, $8 members Adults,  $8, $6 members Children  




Wildly Successful Plants 
Photo by David Goldberg
Saturday, August 27, 10 am - 12 pm

Others seek out the rarest plants; Pam Peirce has scouted old gardens to find treasures among historic Bay Area ornamentals, the ones that thrive with little or no care. She found many handsome, drought tolerant, mostly deer and snail resistant plants we can still love in our new sustainable landscapes. Her presentation is partly horticultural history, partly an exploration of plant adaptability, and partly design inspiration for using these old plants, and their newer varieties, in new settings. Her images include maps to show plant origins. (Surprisingly, many are not from mediterranean climates.) $15, $12 members  



The Drunken Botanist:
The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks 
Sunday, September 8, 3 pm - 6 pm

The UC Botanical Garden is pleased to host author Amy Stewart who is back with her fourth New York Times bestseller, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks. Join her for an exploration of the dizzying array of plants that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol. From the sugar cane that gives us Caribbean rum, to the juniper berries that flavor gin, to the odd and obscure fruits that flavor Italian liqueurs, Amy Stewart takes a most intoxicating perspective on the leaves, bark, seeds, roots, flowers, and fruit imbibed around the world. It's the compelling mixture of history, science, literature and humor that Stewart is known for.

You will also enjoy a unique walk through the Garden in the lovely evening hours looking at intoxicating plants with Amy Stewart and Garden docents.

And! Special guests include St. George Spirits who will be serving up delicious artisinal cocktails. Must be 21 and over to attend. $75, $60 members   




SOLD OUT! Redwood Tango Ensemble + Trio Zincalo
Thursday, August 1, 5:30  pm - 7:30 pm

Golden era tango + gypsy jazz European

Windfred E. Eye + Jesse DeNatale
Thursday, August 8, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tom Waits approved Americana
$12 Adult, $10 Member Adult, $5 Youth

Real Vocal String Quartet + Tin Cup Serenade
Thursday, August 15, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
World folk vocal chamber + Vintage jazz swing
$15 Adult, $12 Member Adult, $5 Youth

Quinn Deveaux and The Blue Beat Review
Thursday, August 22, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Danceable old-timey R&B
$15 Adult, $12 Member Adult, $5 Youth

Etienne deRocher + Bart Davenport
Thursday, August 29, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Indie folk w/ pop soul
$15 Adult, $12 Member Adult, $5 Youth

The Garden Shop

10% off Pam Peirce Books in the Garden Shop  

(20% off for UCBG members)!


Meet local author, Pam Peirce, here in the Garden on August 24  

and learn from her years of Bay Area gardening experience.  

(Email gardenprograms@berkeley.edu for more information).


To mark this event, The Garden Shop will be offering a 10% discount on Ms. Peirce's books,  

Wildly Successful Plants: Northern California & Golden Gate Gardening, 3rd Edition.   

UCBG members receive a 20% discount (10% member discount plus and additional 10%).


Books will be available for sale in the Shop beginning August 10. Please email gardenshop@berkeley.edu if you would like to reserve copies!

Praise for Golden Gate Gardening 

"For vegetable gardening in the Bay Area, Golden Gate Gardening is indispensable-

if you buy one gardening book, this is the one." 


UC Berkeley professor, author of In Defense Of Food and

The Omnivore's Dilemma  



Save the Date

Sunday, September 29, 2013 
Members' Sale & Silent Auction | 9 am - 10:30 am
Public Sale | 10:30 am - 2 pm 
Romneya coulteri | Photo by Melanie Hofmann
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.

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