Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 26, 2021

UC Berkeley Botanical Garden March Virtual Program

Tuesday, March 2 | 1 – 2 pm
The Garden is pleased to host UC Berkeley professor of Integrative Biology Paul Fine for his talk titled Discovering new species of trees in South American Rainforests: The importance of describing biodiversity for the future of rainforest conservation.
Friday, March 5 | 11 am – 12 pm
Join Dr. Sarada Krishnan, Director of Horticulture and Center for Global Initiatives at Denver Botanic Gardens, for a talk about the botany and production of coffee, and the research she has been involved in that includes the development of the Global Conservation Strategy for Coffee Genetic Resources.
Thursday, March 11 | 1 – 2 pm
Enjoy a photographic exploration through the new book Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates: Plants for a Lush, Water-Conscious Landscape with award-winning photographer Saxon Holt. Showcasing how smart design can help address seasonal issues, this book is everything a reader needs to create a flourishing summer-dry garden.
Purchase the book from our Online Shop here!
Saturday, March 13 | 11 am – 12 pm
Take a cultural journey with Patricia Rain, a.k.a. the Vanilla Queen, as she tells the story of vanilla from early Mesoamerica, through the royal courts of Europe, to the present moment. Patricia Rain is an author, educator, culinary historian, and owner of The Vanilla Company, a socially conscious, product-driven information and education site dedicated to the promotion of pure, natural vanilla, and the support of vanilla farmers worldwide.
Sunday, March 14 | 11 am – 12 pm
Join our resident caterpillar lady Sal Levinson and butterfly guy Sarab Seth for an illustrated slideshow about various milkweeds and milkweed butterflies found locally and globally, including of course the iconic Monarch. Our fun Zoom event is suitable for all ages.
Thursdays, March 18 – April 8 | 11 am – 12:30 pm
In this 4-part course, naturalist and fine art photographer Becky Jaffe will guide you in bringing a contemplative lens to the plant world, using the camera both as a scientific instrument to indulge botanical curiosities and as an artistic tool to delight in the nearest nature. This course will include weekly exercises to hone our innate capacity for wonder, and offer a photographic celebration of spring.
Friday, March 19 | 11 am – 12 pm
Plant scents from flowers, fruits, leaves, or tree barks are composed of complex mixtures of volatile organic compounds. People have used these fragrant mixtures since ancient times to produce lotions, oils and perfumes. Learn the chemistry behind these compounds that we utilize in daily life, from soaps to expensive perfumes. Margareta Séquin is an extraordinary lecturer who makes biochemistry accessible and fascinating.
Saturday, March 20 | 10 – 10:45 am
Does chocolate really grow on trees? Join our Saturday morning Zoom program to learn about the wonderful cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) and its native tropical rainforest habitat. Discover some of the cultural history of this beloved fruit, how its seeds are turned into chocolate, and why monkeys are one of its best friends. (This program is geared for a youth audience.)
Saturday, March 20 | 4 – 5:30 pm
The spring equinox is seen as a point of union and balance, poised between opposite forces: light and dark, receptive and active, unconscious and conscious, inner and outer, and from this, the manifestation of new life. Tap into this balanced expansion to begin the spring season with an activated, sustainable start. Program includes 30-day on-demand professionally recorded digital spring signature sound bath and live online equinox event with Melissa Felsenstein, founder of Inner Sounds Meditation.
Tuesday, March 30 | 1 – 2 pm
Join botanical dyer extraordinaire Sasha Duerr to discover a world of beautiful color from the traditional plants and palette of Hawai’i. Sasha is an artist, designer, teacher, and author who works with plant-based natural dyes and place-based recipes. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums and her extensive work with plant-based palettes and ecological principles through local land-based sources and community has been featured in the New York Times, American Craft Magazine, Selvedge, and the Huffington Post.

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