Plant & Book Giveaway
Sunday September 29th 10:00am-2:00pm
La Kretz Garden Pavilion

We are carefully curating our potted plant and book collections, and have identified several hundred plants and books which we no longer need. That means that we are giving them to you!

Donors, members and current volunteers (within the last 6 months) will get early access from 10am-11am. From 11am-2pm we'll be open to the general public. Learn more about how you can support the Garden and get early access by becoming a member here.

We'll have unusual plants, books, and other botanical curiosities that need a loving home. Happy hunting! The Botanical Garden is free admission and open 9am-5pm to explore! This event is free; please RSVP!


Carrion Flower Blooming in the Desert Garden

Looks who’s blooming up in the Desert Garden! The carrion flower, Stapelia gigantea, is named for the aroma of rotting meat it produces to attract its pollinator: flies! The flower is the color of bloody meat and even has hair all over it. Stapelia gigantea is not carnivorous, and does not capture or digest the flies. Come smell this funky South African native on your next visit! It lives in the raised bed just beyond the Dragon’s blood tree. For a sample of what may be in bloom in a given month, check out our What's Blooming page.

The Allure of the Urban Wild
Thursday September 19th  7:00pm 
La Kretz Garden Pavilion

Cities like Los Angeles are often mistaken for ecological wastelands, places that have been wiped clean of the true majestic magic of Mother Nature, and therefore fall on the far side of the spectrum from what is considered to be “natural”. Land use datasets blanket over these built environments with gradients of grey, depicting urban areas as nothing more than “developed.” As a result, cities continue to be pegged as the problem causing environmental degradation, rather than seen as some of the most promising places to “save the planet.”

Join Kat Superfisky, urban ecologist, educator, and executive director of Grown in LA on an adventure into the urban wild of Los Angeles, as she investigates the nature that currently exists within cities, and shares her perspective on, and strategies for, how we can create more “symbiotic cities.”

This event is presented by UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture, AWA+D and The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. This event is free but seating is limited--please RSVP.


NSF Funds Herbarium Climate-Change Project

Dr. Philip Rundel, distinguished professor of biology at UCLA, has received NSF funding to digitize the universities plant collection as part of a large California wide collaboration to understand the effects of climate change on flowering time.  The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.8 million for this project, called Capturing California’s Flowers.  The funds are spread out among 22 participating herbaria throughout the state. The UCLA Herbarium has received funds necessary to image 43,000 records! These funds have been used to buy a specimen imaging rig and support students who are participating in the digitizing effort. Seen here are Nicholas Marroquin (UCLA graduate in Biology), Michelle Bonsangue (UCLA Art History undergraduate student), and Dylan Karlsson (UCLA MLIS graduate student). Dr. Tom Huggins, the Herbarium Collections Manager has been coordinating this project.
The project will produce nearly 1 million digital images of the plant specimens housed in herbaria throughout California.  These plant records go back almost 200 years and have data about when and where the plant specimen was collected.  This project will capture the time and place of each collection as well as data about the flowering and fruiting condition of each specimen. This will allow researchers to combine the historical data with current flowering time trends.  All of the images and data will be made available to the public via a new online database – the CCH2. Check out the Image Search tab to explore.
The UCLA Herbarium has a permanent collection of over 150,000 pressed and mounted plant specimens that are used in teaching, research, and conservation.  The Herbarium’s current focus is on the native vascular plants of southern California and Baja California.  The collection contains approximately 6000 specimens from the Santa Monica Mountains, and substantial collections from all of California’s diverse ecosystems. The collections of the UCLA Herbarium provide a long term reference of the plants of California and beyond.
If you are interested in participating in this exciting project as a volunteer, please contact the herbarium’s collections manager Tom Huggins at

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

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