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Plantasia!
Saturday August 10th 5:30pm - 9:30pm 

Experience the verdant grounds of the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden like never before with an evening of music and art created by and for plants. Join Atlas Obscura, the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, and Sacred Bones Records after hours for a transformative experience combining sound, light, and the gardens' lush vegetation. Attendees are invited to explore pop-up experiences throughout the UCLA Botanical Garden's winding paths and expansive grounds before gathering in the Nest Amphitheatre for a special Plantasia listening session, introduced by celebrated composer and interactive ecology designer Mileece. Mileece will delve into the history of plant-sentience and bio-communication research before demonstrating her own invention: a botanical feedback system that generates lightscapes and organic music by transforming the bio-electric currents of plants, trees, and even people. Plants will be for sale from Folia Collective and Airplantman, along with plant health care questions answered! Botanical beverages will be crafted by Shoots & Roots BittersThis is a ticketed event. Thank you for supporting artists, organizers, and the Botanical Garden.

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South African Plant Introductions

The Garden received a grant from the Saratoga Horticultural Research Endowment to evaluate new plant species for use in California horticulture. The project will focus on growing plants from specific areas within the Western Cape region of South Africa, which have soil and climate conditions similar to those in California. The goal is to identify new ornamental plants that are well adapted to our climate. We are hiring a part-time nursery research technician to work exclusively on this project. Stay tuned for updates as we begin propagating interesting and beautiful South African plants!

Collections Audio Tour

Explore the unique collections of the Botanical Garden on your own self-guided audio tour! Herbarium Collections Manager Tom Huggins will add depth to your walk through this living museum by offering insights to the thoughtful plantings here. There’s no path you need to follow, just select the track for the area of the map you are in. Enjoy!

UCLA Botanical Garden Affiliated Faculty Research:
Invasive Shot Hole Borer Mapping 

Dr. Tom Gillespie and his graduate student Monica Dimson recently published a new paper combining their expertise in geography and spatial modeling with their concern for Los Angeles trees. Check out: Using biased sampling data to model the distribution of invasive shot-hole borers in California. These modeling techniques can be helpful in reliably identifying areas vulnerable to infestation by this invasive plant pest. You can also explore the spread with this interactive map! (Photo: ISHB-infested Mexican sycamore)

Support the Botanical 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, Assistant Director of Development for UCLA College Life Sciences: 310-912-8972 ndevries@support.ucla.edu

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