UC Garden Clippings

University of California Botanical Garden

November  2013 - Vol 5, Issue 3

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Free with Garden Admission

Docent-led Tours
Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays

1:30 pm   

Monday, November 11
for Veterans Day
Thursday, November 28 
for Thanksgiving 
 Fall Self-Guided
Tour Brochure 


Saturday, November 9

Take the detour to Garden.
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Indoor Collections
An assortment of plants found in our indoor collections.


As the weather begins to cool down the Garden's indoor collections become increasingly appealing. During the summer the warmth of the Tropical House can be, well, steamy and tropical. On cool November mornings that warmth is particularly inviting.  


The Garden has three indoor collections that are open to the public: the Tropical House, the Orchid Fern and Carnivorous Plant House,and the Arid House. 




The Tropical House collection includes many food plants from

around the world, such as black pepper and cinnamon. Look for them to the left as you come in.  


The Orchid, Fern and Carnivorous Plant House contains a rotating display of choice plants, including beautiful blooming orchids, ferns with fascinating leaf patterns, and the ever popular insect-eating plants.  


The Arid House collection includes succulents and cacti from around the world.  


When you're visiting this fall and winter and want to warm up, stop in and explore these collections. Many new discoveries await you inside!


Propagator's Choice
Hastingsia alba, White Rushlily
Hastingsia alba by Tom Hilton


In late spring, this lily relative from the mountain meadows of

northern California produces 3' spikes of white flowers rising from a grassy tuft of thin, green leaves. Plant it in full sun to part shade. It prefers moist conditions. It is rather uncommon in the commercial trade. We are selling one gallon pots with multiple bulbs for $5.00/pot.


Our California Native Propagation area will be stopping Thursday propagation area sales for a while. We were very successful with recent sales and will be building inventory. We will, however, be stocking our Plant Deck which is open from 9 am - 4:30 pm every day the Botanical Garden is open. Keep reading our On the Deck or Clippings e-mails for updates on our reopening, or check:



Deppea splendens
Fall Self-Guided Tour

Enjoy the colors of fall with the Fall 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.    


Family Plus for the Holidays 

Get a head start on your holiday shopping with a GIFT MEMBERSHIP


Give a Family Plus membership this season and

you'll give someone special free admission to over  

1000 museums and public gardens across the nation.  


Family Plus gift membership orders received prior to Wednesday, December 18th will include gift packaging. Purchase gift memberships in person at the Garden Entrance Kiosk, order online or download a gift membership form here.



Orders must be received by December 18 for holiday packaging and delivery.


All Garden members receive free admission to the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), November 1 - 15. Present your membership card for free admission for two. OMCA has reopened its galleries after a transformation that touches almost every aspect of the 300,000 square-foot Museum.


Learn more at Membership Central.

Contact our Membership Department at  510.643.1924 or gardenmembership@berkeley.edu  


November Programs

iPhoneography: Creating Great Garden Photos  
Photo by Yoni Mayeri
with a Smartphone
Saturday, November 9, 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 smartphone. Learn the best practices for photographing and editing using exclusively your smartphone. 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 a smartphone. Whether you shoot people, flora and fauna, landscape or abstract subjects or just want to make great images with your smartphone this class will help you take your iPhoneography to the next level. $50 / $45 Members

Pine Needle Basketry 
Sunday, November 10, 10 am - 3 pm
Judith Thomas, master weaver and Waldorf handwork teacher will instruct students how to source materials and craft a pine needle basket. Learn how to work with pine needles to create a small coiled basket, using a needle and waxed linen to bind the bundles of needles together. Pack a lunch to enjoy in the beautiful Garden setting during the break! All levels welcome. Advance registration required. $85 / $75 Members

Thanksgiving Jams with
Seasonal Fruit
Tuesday, November 12, 6 pm - 8 pm
Join Rachel Saunders, founder of Blue Chair Fruit, as she brings her expertise on fruit and fruit preserving techniques back to the Garden. In this two-hour demo-style class, students will cook two different jams, one single-fruit and one mixed-fruit. Participants will receive two take-home jars of jam and a set of class notes. $85 / $80 Members

SOLD OUT! Succulent Wreaths  
Wednesday, November 13, 6 pm - 9 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.

You can still register for
Evergreen Wreaths and Garlands
Wednesday, December 11, 6 pm - 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.
$40 / $35 Members

Dinosaur Plants 
Saturday, November 16, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Explore "living fossils" and create your own terrarium!
$12 Adult / $8 Adult Member 
$15 Child / $12 Child Member

Floral Design with Chestnut and Vine  
Wednesday, November 20, 6 pm - 9 pm
Join us for a new holiday tradition making centerpieces for your holiday tables and decorations. Svenja Brotz owner and floral designer for Chestnut & Vine Floral Design will lead you through the process of creating stunning centerpieces and table decorations. Leave with skills, inspiration and two arrangements to add to your holiday festivities! Enjoy the rare opportunity to use material from the Garden as well. Bring Hand Pruners along with you. $95 / $85 Members

The Garden Shop
Garden (Vertical!) for the Holidays


A great gift for the beginning gardener in your life. Our Succulent Vertical
Gardens offer a low maintenance way to beautify a living space or urban garden.
Visit The Garden Shop


Manage Your Subscription 

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:
  • UC Garden Clippings: This is a monthly newsletter featuring garden events and stories.
  • Updates: Occasional brief emails are sent to highlight special garden events.
  • Plant Deck: This is a monthly email describing plants available for purchase in the Garden.
  • Garden Clubs: This is an occasional publication describing special events and opportunities for garden clubs and plant societies.
  • Tours: Be the first to know when the Garden has a new tour available for schools and other groups. Get details on arranging tours for your group.
  • Botanical Art: You'll receive exclusive information about classes and exhibitions.  
Editor: Vanessa Crews, vcrews@berkeley.edu, 510-643-2937