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Celebrate National Public Gardens Week!
May 8th-17th 2020


Join us in a national celebration of public gardens! Our Garden is open to the public to connect with nature within the city. Immerse yourself in the wonders of plants, and relieve some of the stress many of us are holding these days. We ask all guests to practice physical distancing and wear a face covering. Please note that our bathrooms are closed, so plan ahead. A special thanks to our Garden team of essential workers who have been maintaining and caring for this space throughout the pandemic! Explore our collection virtually too with mini tours posted throughout the week on our social media (Instagram / Facebook). Tag #MEMBG #OurGardensYourHome to share your adventures.

The American Public Gardens Association serves public gardens and advances them as leaders, advocates, and innovators. Learn more about the over 600 member institutions, many of which are participating in this celebration!

Garden Director Dr. Victoria Sork is Awarded the 2020 Molecular Ecology Prize!

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Molecular Ecology prize has been awarded to Dr. Victoria Sork, Distinguished Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dean of Life Sciences, and Director of the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at University of California Los Angeles. Throughout her career, Dr. Sork has made substantial and diverse scientific contributions to the field of molecular ecology– from working to build the foundation of landscape genetics, to pioneering the use of molecular markers in tracking plant dispersal, to unraveling the genomic and epi-genomic basis of climate adaptation in non-model organisms. With well over 100 publications, she has proven herself to be a preeminent scholar in her field for decades, while serving as a role model and mentor for many early career scientists, and as a continual advocate for increasing diversity and inclusion in STEM.

Making Improvements - Changes in the Garden

If you have visited recently, you may have noticed some work going on in the Garden. We appreciate your patience while things have been a bit noisy. We are happy to report that we are reopening paths with better surfaces and drainage, we have been working with tree experts to remove dead wood from the Garden for improved health of our collection, and the Botany Building renovation is well underway. This renovation will create a state of the art plant science laboratory including a research and teaching spaces and new updated home for our Herbarium and Botanical Library. This project is estimated to be completed near December 2021.
Art in Nature RISE Center event for current UCLA Students
Wednesday May 20th 4-5pm


Bruins are entering into week 8 and the end of the quarter is drawing near. Take a much needed break to relax and connect to nature with a fun activity led by the Resilience in your Student Experience (RISE) Center. This collective nature walk and printmaking activity can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. You can follow-along on your own nature walk in your neighborhood, or if you are staying indoors, you might just get to go on a virtual walk through the Botanical Garden. Sign up here (This activity is exclusively for current UCLA students).
California Botanical Society &
Botany Ambassador Program


Are you a plant scientist looking to share your passion for California plants and hone your skills as a science communicator? If this sounds like you, the California Botanical Society needs you. Through our Botany Ambassador Program, you'll get the chance to write lay summaries of academic papers published in Madroño and teach botanical lessons in schools and botanical gardens. Send an email to Lorena lvill017@ucr.edu to get involved!

Photo: Marta Ruiz Valdéz
What are these purple trees in my neighborhood?!

If you are living in Los Angeles, you may have noticed some gorgeous flowering trees in your neighborhood. These electric purple blossoms are found on Jacaranda mimosifolia, commonly called Jacaranda, which is native to the dry tropics of South America. Learn more about this popular street tree here.
Turtle Nesting Season

May and June are turtle nesting season in our Garden. If you see a turtle in an odd place, like the Desert Garden, they are likely a female looking for dry, sandy soil to dig a nest and lay their eggs. Please do not touch or pick up turtles. They can find their way back to the stream on their own. If you see a turtle outside of the Garden fence, please inform a gardener and they will help get it back to our space and away from traffic. Thank you!
Support the Garden

Each day, the UCLA Botanical Garden is free for the public to relax, reconnect with nature, and explore the incredible world of plants. Philanthropic support allows us to maintain collections, pursue plant conservation projects, and provide free educational programs. Membership, naming opportunities and planned gifts ensure a sustainable future for this urban oasis. For more information, check out our website or contact:
Nina Devries, Associate Director of Development for UCLA College Life Sciences: 310-912-8972 ndevries@support.ucla.edu
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