Happy Holidays!
It has been an extraordinary year of growth and we are grateful to the joyful community of plant lovers that support and nourish this collection. Have a healthy and happy holiday season!

UCLA Winter Campus Closure
The Garden will be closed from December 21st - January 1st for the UCLA Winter Campus Closure. We will reopen on January 2nd.

Support Volunteer Gardeners with a Year-end Gift!

Do you love the Botanical Garden? Did you know there are over 40 volunteer gardeners that devote their time and energy every week to maintain this oasis and help it flourish? Our Garden is free admission everyday. If you love this space, please support our UCLA Spark crowdfunding campaign for our volunteer gardener program! You can help by spreading the word on social media and by making a donation of any size. Thank you for your generosity and help! With only a few days left we are still hoping to raise money for a new shed and other tools. Any amount helps. There are lots of great perks, from tote-bags to private tours, and your tax-deductible donation will be appreciated by volunteers and all who visit this special place.

Darwin in the Garden
Monday January 27th 5:00pm
UCLA La Kretz Garden Pavilion

Join Ned Friedman, Evolutionary Biologist and Director of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University to explore the importance of botanical gardens for improving public understanding of evolution. Although often overlooked as such, many of the plants in botanical gardens are premier examples of the ongoing process of evolution. Indeed, Charles Darwin drew heavily from botanical and horticultural knowledge to gain critical evidence for and insights into the process of evolution.  Early evolutionists made use of plant hybridization, domestication history, horticultural sports, and biogeography to piece together key facets of the evolutionary process. In a country where roughly 40% of the population believes in the miraculous creation of biodiversity, botanical gardens can become a stronger voice for the promotion of evolutionary thinking. This event is free but seating is limited--please RSVP. The Botanical Garden is open from 8am-4pm this day. Come early to explore the collection.


Garden Director Victoria Sork Discusses
How Genetics Can Play a Key Role in Saving Trees

Read the full BBC article to learn more about Victoria Sork's research and the conservation impact it can have, especially on California native oaks.

Bruin Audubon Society
Christmas Bird Count
Sunday January 5th

Join the Bruin Audubon Society for one of the oldest continuously-running community science projects in North America. All over the country, birdwatchers go out and tally all the birds they see in a 7.5 mile radius circle in one day. This data is submitted to the National Audubon Society, who then compiles and makes the data publicly available for research purposes. The count will start around 7:30-8:00am to survey during peak songbird activity. Areas that will be covered include: Sage Hill, Sunset Rec, Stone Creek, North Campus/Sculpture Garden, Central Campus, and the Botanical Garden. If you are interested, please fill out the sign-up sheet, and they will send further info in another email. [Photo: Nurit Katz]

Want to learn more and get involved with the Bruin Audubon Society? Sign up for their email newsletter here and follow them on Instagram and Facebook

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