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Seasonal festivities bring together traditions, history, family and friends. To a botanist, they are also a case study of the deeply interconnected relationship between nature and culture. Join us for the 4th annual Botany of the Holidays as we travel to China and Brazil to share the botanical origins of some winter holiday traditions, and see just how important plants are to celebrations around the world. Learn more and RSVP here.
Upcoming Garden Closures
• UCLA Thanksgiving break 
Thu Nov 26th - Sun Nov 29th
• UCLA Winter Campus Closure 
Sat Dec 19th - Sun Jan 3rd
• Nov - Jan, the Garden closes at 4pm
• See our website for the most updated COVID closure information

[Photo: Canary bird bush, Crotalaria agatiflora]
Supporter Spotlight: Shirley Shapiro
Tribute gifts are an enduring way to honor cherished friends and family while supporting the Garden's greatest needs. This month we would like to thank UCLA philanthropist, alumna, and friend, Shirley Shapiro. Shirley generously donated tribute seating in honor of her sister, Nancy Florence and to celebrate their extraordinary bond. Please come enjoy this new seating area west of the palm garden and east of the stream. 
Yes, You Can Learn to Speak the Language of Plants 
New York Times By Margaret Roach

Check out this New York Times piece about understanding and reconciling the naming of plants with Latin binomial nomenclature that mentions Mildred. Thanks to our volunteer Gloria for sharing this with us! 
Help Care for the Garden–Become a Member Today!
We are so grateful for the community of volunteers, garden enthusiasts, students, staff, patients, furry friends, and neighbors that love and support the Botanical Garden. As we introduce our formal membership program, we invite you to support the only admission-fee botanical garden in Los Angeles. We understand this has been a tumultuous year for many, but if you are able to give, your gift will help us as we take on projects like providing free educational programs to k-12 students and caring for the health of the plants here. [Photo: Nurit Katz]

Looking for a gift for someone who loves plants? Gift them an annual membership! If you join by 01/15/21, you will automatically be welcomed to a special virtual member's only event this winter exploring the natural histories of some of your favorite houseplants!
Become a Member Today!
In Memory: David Verity
David Verity, consummate plantsman and longtime garden manager at the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, has passed shortly after his 90th birthday. David was a native Californian, born in Los Angeles. After military service during the Korean War he enrolled at UCLA and graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture, supplemented by strong campus curriculum in Botany led by Mildred Mathias. Shortly after graduating he began working as a nurseryman in the UCLA Botanical Garden. This was a garden love that continued for 33 years until his retirement in 1992, most of this time as Garden Curator in charge of the collection.

David made many major contributions to Southern California horticulture in introducing new drought-tolerant plants to cultivation from his own international collections as well as working with Mildred to propagate seeds that she brought back from her travels. In this activity he oversaw a major expansion of the MEMBG plant collection. His careful hybridization work led to many new cultivars that are widely planted in Southern California gardens today, most notably with aloes, bush monkeyflowers, iochromas, and pride-of-madeira. This work and his leadership role for many decades with the Southern California Horticultural Society made David a living legend among his colleagues.

Beyond his interest in plants David was long fascinated, like Charles Darwin, by beetles. Over his life he assembled a massive and scientifically valuable collection of buprestid beetles (metallic woodboring or jeweled beetles) which has been donated to UC Davis. Evidence of the respect that David enjoyed from his colleagues can be seen in a number plant species, Buprestid beetles, and crab spiders named in his honor.
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