Collect Seed

California native plant seed packetsThe Seedy Friends volunteer group meets on occasional Tuesdays (more often in summer and fall) to gather seeds when they are ripe, and infrequently in winter to package seeds. We meet at Juniper Lodge (the potting shed near the west gate) at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden at 11:30 am, for an hour or two. In the process, we learn a lot about the plants, the seeds, and propagation, and we always enjoy the walk in the garden.

Our seeds are available to the public in the Regional Parks Botanic Garden visitor center.

For more information or to join the Seedy Friends, contact Susan Agnew at, or email/call the staff at the Botanic Garden at (510) 544-3169.

Volunteers are encouraged to enroll in Garden Volunteer Training to deepen their understanding of the garden. The training meets once a week for three hours over 10 weeks. You’ll learn about basic botany, plant identification, and pollination, as well as the garden’s history and many of its important plants. The fee for Garden Volunteer Training is $150, which includes instruction and a one-year membership in the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden. Scholarships are available based on need.

To learn more about Garden Volunteer Training–which takes place in January through March 2016–or to register, see the 2016 Garden Volunteer Training flyer.

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