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Will you help us build a new volunteer area in the New Year?

This is the last day left to give, and we are still hoping to raise money for a new shed and other tools to help our volunteer gardeners thrive! 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! 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.

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