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Public Events

As an integral part of our mission to connect people to plants, the Garden acts as a community gathering place for a wide variety of events. We host thought-provoking programs that connect people to nature, promote appreciation of plants, and explore our world through new lenses. Due to COVID-19, we are having some virtual events, but not currently hosting in-person events. Sign-up for our newsletter below to be the first to receive event announcements.

ARS Electronica Festival

September 9th-13th 2020

UCLA Art Sci Center x Botanical Garden

Telluric Vibrations

The UCLA Art Sci Center and the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical are excited to announce that we will be a site in the prestigious ARS Electronica Festival this autumn! Virtual events will be available live to the public throughout the course of the five days. From oak genomics and sidewalk herbariums to nature-themed opera and fungal projections, you won’t want to miss a beat! The festival was started in 1979, and this year’s theme encompasses ecology, art, design, humanity, and the dynamic changes we have experienced related to the global pandemic. Please note that there will not be any gatherings at the Garden. All talks, performances, and exhibits will be accessible virtually.

• Read more about Telluric Vibrations 
• Check out the schedule
• RSVP for virtual workshops and events
• Explore the ARS Electronica Festival

Botanical Art: A Continuing Tradition

with Artist Deborah Shaw

September 24th 2020 5:00pm – Zoom

Botanical artists have captured the likeness of plants as far back as records exist—ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian representational botanical art has been found dating back 4,000 years. Explore the western tradition of botanical art and illustration from historical to contemporary times through captivating images and tales of inspiration and adventure. Join Artist Deborah Shaw over Zoom for a riveting virtual public lecture followed by a Q&A session. This event is free but space is limited–RSVP to learn more and reserve a spot.


Nature Journaling Workshop

with Artist Deborah Shaw

October 10th 2020 10:00am – Zoom

Focused observation—drawing, sketching, and writing—changes how we look at the world around us. Nature journaling forces us to see, instead of look. Suitable for all levels and ages (including beginners) this workshop will explore various journaling techniques to enhance drawing skills, explore ideas and document our place and time. The only required supplies are pencil (a regular #2 or softer) and paper, although any other art supplies are certainly welcome. A downloadable reference sheet will be available for attendees. This event is free, but space is limited–RSVP to learn more and reserve a spot!

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In response to changes in campus-wide COVID planning with LA County Department of Public Health, the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden needed to reassess our plan to keep the Garden open. Our priorities include: the health and safety of staff and visitors, maintaining the health of the plants in the collection, and adherence to county and state guidelines. In unity with campus communications to deter the general public from visiting campus, we have made a few changes to our current operations. Effective immediately, we are instituting the following changes:

The Garden is closed on weekends until further notice.

The Garden is closed to the general public. The campus community (students & essential staff) may still visit on weekdays. Each visitor must have a valid Bruincard and have completed a UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring survey for the day of their visit. The only open gates are  those near the La Kretz Garden Pavilion.

Thank you for your patience. We hope to reopen more fully as soon as possible.

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The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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