only valued when it’s not our own species, See also Affection



See Berkeley Hills; Garden maps; Hic et nunc


causes cresting; can’t make it happen, See also Fear; Knit; Pruning

Acer maximowiczii

green arms reaching toward the bit of open sky, Bed 230

Acorn woodpeckers

gorgeous as clowns, rare but a group have arrived 2.19.15

See also Eruption year


Ben tops all with twelve; “it’s triage,” says Eric, with three, 7.22.16


FPFP: friendly people among ferocious plants
TWR: trash, water, recycling
SOL: shit out of luck
TBOJ: tidbits of joy
VPs: volunteer propagators
VTS: visual thinking strategies
HP Willie: she’s in charge of houseplants
WFRS: World Federation of Rose Societies
See also ET; Evo-devo


source of action, human or nonhuman; also protoactants, very small                                         
or fast sources

“our plump tuxedo cat Callie filled my lap, a deep orange dragonfly came by—we both zinged to attention!” Rebekah 6.22.16

See also Conatus; Excitable; Upper hand/capitalism’s


basis of the botanical collection, this index also, poets

"Add / words but let / things be," Inger Christensen [1]

ferns to the palm and cycad garden, to shift a dull story

of a stake in the ground and build out from it, Maria 1.26.16

must we always have to have a metaphor to live by?

See also Value

Adiatum sorus

          a maidenhair with spores in a pocket on the leaf margin, some naked, no cover, Fern House


how branches cut the air, Deepa

priority of: “second to the survival of the collection,” Jason

letting what wants to be, be, Deepa

durational: “give access to other temporalities . . . to times as they are felt in diverse bodies,” Adrian Heathfield [2]

See also Biotic Portal at Strawberry Creek; Time, durational


for monstrose . . . “everyone loves the Pachypodium lamerei,” Basil 5.20.16

for odd-shaped plants, with bends, or funny surprises, plants that are unashamedly themselves, Kay 3.14.16

for conversations with the garden staff

 See also Aberration; Buckeye; Exerted flower parts, lot of; First memory of a garden; Gifts, fair relations; One-of-a-kind


See Actants; Dispersal; Money


“after all, anybody is as their land and air is,” Gertrude Stein [3]

crowding causes withering everywhere


“Nature continues to loom as the elusive, originary Other—a system we are fundamentally native to, but unavoidably separate from,” Jeffrey Kastner [4]

insisting language is only a tool, poet

until seeing something beautiful: “Beauty quickens. It adrenalizes. It makes the heart beat faster. It makes life more vivid, animated, living, worth living,” Elaine Scarry [5]

See also Links and leads/Their Lonely Betters; Mimicry

Allen’s hummingbird

it’s back, from where: first to come, first to leave, Chris 2.6.16

two feathers distinguish it from the Rufous, Sarah 2.21.16

See also Charisma


a gardener who gives public tours, Ken 4.15.16


See Piggybacking


is inert; knowledge rather is an activity like (making) dough: “a dynamism, folding over automorphically on itself,” Steven Connor [6]

is only part of it: we “are distributed, dynamically spread-out, world-involving beings,” Alva Noë [7]

See also Gigantomachy; Pulchritudo


“I am willing,” from poem of same title, Meredith Stricker

wind’s chore to disseminate seed


end of the Liriodendron chinense leaf is a hammerhead shark, Deepa

"The mammalogist in me sees this banksiae cone as having a mousey quality," Chris 1.16.16

category/prosthetic between human and habitat, allows a vicarious integration, poet

“The self is a guinea pig,” Leslie Scalapino

See also Like; Secrets

Animals in the garden

“grounding; making a surprise new friend,” Michelle

noisy bird in the leaves at twilight mistaken for . . . a mountain lion? poets 8.9.16

See also Acorn woodpeckers; Allen’s hummingbird; Autumnal recrudescence; Baby; Beauty/mountain lion and deer; Bees; Birds; Bobcat; Bouncing balls; Camouflage; Chickens; Deer; Dingo; Elephants in the room; Eruption year; Eye to eye; Flood; Grizzlies; Hairy; Hunter/hunted; Inner sanctum; Lesser goldfinch; Pipevine swallowtail; Slugs; Snakes in the garden; Swainson’s thrush; Wood rats


the hidden color in cheddar cheese and peach yogurt sometimes, from the Bixa lipstick tree, Tropical House, Deepa 3.25.16


cacti are lovable chubby cartoonlike characters, Basil 5.20.16

a very hungry caterpillar, whispering trees, corporate yard

“We find human faces in the moon, armies in the clouds; and by a natural propensity, if                   not corrected by experience and reflection, ascribe malice or good-will to every thing that hurts or pleases us,” David Hume [8]

better than dehumanization?

See also Babiana; Belly plants; Intimacy; Mother plants

Ant ferns

if a fern hosts ants (e.g., in its hollow rhizomes that look like a gnarly brain), it’s an ant fern; “How does that benefit the plant, people always ask,” Corina


ants in an ant fern get housing, fern benefits from the fertilizer they leave behind

food sovereignty, not government programs and temporary land projects, Jonathan 5.31.16

“If there are more of us who regain the capacity to do our own sorting of the elements that belong to our time, we will discover the freedom of movement that modernism denied us,” Bruno Latour [9]

"the way that the healing is going to begin in the Bay Area is to recognize that Ohlone people are still here,” Corrina Gould, Indian People Organizing for Change [10]

temporary, more like ceramic bowls, See also Time


over water: too much, too little

over loss of species: “all plants are in a web with all others—we can’t afford to lose any,” Kimberlie 3.14.16

over “uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation . . . All that is solid melts into air,” Karl Marx [11]

Bryan’s blood pressure shot up 10 pts when he heard Chris was retiring 9.8.16

See also Handwringing; Vulnerability


any real or imaginary place offering peace and simplicity, dictionary.com

beside the Australian grass tree, “I could make my home in it,” Bed 507B, a boy 7.22.16

See also Answer/temporary; Blackboys; Paradise

Arid House

jealous of the gardener who gets to care for succulents jeweled like Tiffany boxes

pure display, reification, no room for humans, Ramsay 3.25.16

whisperer: “I listen to the cactus [in the Arid House work area/plant clinic], sometimes there’s so little to work with, a little nubbins nearly completely dead. Each is either very sick or very precious. Some are showing signs of being happy, not so faded-looking. I shake them, wobble them, sense a little sturdiness,” Basil 5.20.16

See also Gumballs; Mechanisms


meaning best birth, due to its fetus-shaped flower, but in fact highly toxic, cause of fatalities in childbirth

“If you didn’t kill off all the so-called witches, we’d know better,” Michael 5.25.16

See also Doctrine of signatures; Larva; Metaphor; Paradox; Pipevine swallowtail



come this way, look back this way: see the . . . , photographer 1.22.16

See also Autumnal recrudescence; Excitable

Arrow bamboo

a newt passes between the stems toward the garden boundary nearest Japanese snowbell, Bed 216

Art students

“more exciting if it didn’t have a warning” 3.14.16


“good place for a treat” Bed 242, Rena 1.22.16


a continuum; the more it expands, the greater the coordination and readiness to move—and if you do move, you won’t hold on, Elyse 2.2.16

better by moonlight, when “we are so much more aware of the subtle shifts [that occur] from being among plants,” Kay 3.14.16

leads to affection

“Seeing happens inside, in the brain stimulated by the eye, which is stimulated by . . . we don’t know what,” Norman

squirrel stops chewing as I walk past, poet 3.8.16

“One wanted, she thought . . . to be on a level with ordinary experience, to feel simply that’s a chair, that’s a table, and yet at the same time, it’s a miracle, it’s an ecstasy,” Virginia Woolf [12] See also Ecstatic


unto death: nectarlike secretions on the lips, slippery waxy compounds, downward-pointing hairs, digestive enzymes

See also Beauty; Birding breakfast; Sex


Auction, annual

          plants assembled by gut instinct—equal amounts of trashy beautiful, quirky, and rare 4.29.16

used to be a place for bargains, now people are getting it—it’s a fundraiser

“I may accidentally spend a few $100s on plants,” overheard 4.29.16

“I’m resolved not to buy, but other people will foam over the bid sheets,” Jonathan 4.29.16

and talking it up:

“this variegated Haworthia maughanii is a steal; it’s hundreds of dollars on eBay,” says auctioneer, and price jumps to $200 and poet’s bid fails

“Score a piece of the Andes! It won’t rot away after a month or two,” Bryan 4.29.16

“This silver tree—you can grow it. I did. It got to 20 feet before it died. Can see it from space,” Anthony 4.29.16

“Spikes without the pain—Beschorneria yuccoides, unarmed agave relative, you won’t trip and poke your eye out,” Anthony 4.29.16

“Rarest plant in room. Uber-rare!” Crowd falls silent. “You’d be the only person within 1,000 miles with one” (Mahonia X savilliana ‘Boulevard’), Anthony 4.29.16

“Let’s geek out on terrestrial bromeliads. Flowers are Startrek from 80s,” Anthony 4.29.16 See also Puya/fucking stunning

and disappointment: “I’m not going over $200. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on a plant in the past, and there’s a 50% mortality rate,” Brian 4.29.16


“To have a representative collection is to have both the minimum and the complete number of elements necessary for an autonomous world—a world . . . which has banished repetition and achieved authority,” Susan Stewart [13]

how to handle and display newts: “DON’T put larvae in with adults—adults may cannibalize the young . . . Don’t touch newts with your hands. Newts don’t wear hand lotion”

See also Dinosaur food; Dominionistic; I want to teach you . . . .; Noah’s Ark

Autumnal recrudescence

birds singing mating songs in fall, as if spring has come

See also Charisma; Ideology; Love; Poetry



if we make smoke water from burnt baboon leaves, it might break the dormancy of the baboon seeds; it’s the smoke rather than the heat that does it—”you mean make a bong?” Meghan, Pam, Mary 5.11.16

“It worked! After a few times, the seeds germinated,” Meghan 9.14.16


blankets 12.22.15

birds have high notes so predators can’t find them; tits have high notes too, Sarah 2.19.15

if a collection is one gardener’s baby, it fails later; turn out the pot of something that was rare and nothing there

first baby newt sighting 2.20.16

“baby birds have been begging outside the window the whole time of our meeting,” Chris 7.8.16

           cattails on baby bottoms; down of seeds used for diaper material, Bed 180A


creek water spilling over into desert section

400 carbon dioxide molecules per million

people stealing other people’s plants out of their carts at the spring plant sale

See also Dutchman’s pipevine; Pathogens; Snakes in the garden; Spreads easily

Baker’s larkspur

“two hours too late,” See Date/October 22, 2004

not a good year for this plant, Holly 3.24.16

See also Loss; Native; Slugs

Bamboo cycad

four leaves at each node make a ribbon bow, Bed 250A

Banana (Musa basjoo)

where the poet Basho gets his name, Bed 301B

Deepa passes out round pieces of paper made from its pulp 3.24.16

peel beside the path; thinking it’d degrade? not thinking? 7.29.16



beauty portal

gift, plant horridus

“creatures” in Arid House, “beautiful to love them,” Carol 3.4.16


See Cancer-weed


heart-shaped petals collected here and pressed for family program tea

between men’s and women’s room, poets greet coming and going, every Friday

Earth Day, Ken says in passing, “this is my happy place” 4.22.16

See also Facilities services; Surprise; Yes



“against which one can think the uncomfortable,” Kathleen Marie Higgins [14]

local, particular, affecting poets as a generosity

“the beautiful is always strange,” Baudelaire

“my response to nature is really a response to beauty. The water looks beautiful, the trees look beautiful, even the dust looks beautiful,” Agnes Martin [15]

“mountain lion and deer come together like two branches fused. Not pretty but beautiful,” Michael 4.17.16

trashy kind may trump rarity at annual plant auction, Chris 4.29.16

Belladonna, so named because the berry juice was given to women to enlarge pupils for purposes of attraction, Bed 405

See also Annatto; Attraction; Creation; Order; Poison; Wild areas of garden; Wood rats

Beavertail cacti

what was a toe becomes a foot; toe flowers, Bed 158

See also Anthropomorphism; Like


of nails, of roses, on the wrong side of, numbered sequentially

“I would construct couches and beds made of leaves stitched with spindly yet pliant branches and scented with the most aromatic flowers so that we could sleep for 20 hours a day like lions and sloths,” Stephen 6.22.16


are disappearing

“Tell me who you are,” Sabrina 1.30.16

Tropical House hive; bees fed honey at times; leave in fall to find a better home

See also I Want to Teach You . . . ; Seduction

Belly plants

tiny plants stop plant-people in their tracks,” Jason 3.4.16

“truly underappreciated, why?” Michelle 3.4.16


native-to-site oaks, though only broadly considered part of collection

clouds and soft light, suddenly easy to be present, fit in, poets 6.17.16

and not: a Chinese maple above the Asia pond has become infested with fungal diseases, “we are not in central China; [being here] wears a tree down” 6.17.16

2-year-olds can tell you the outlier in the group, poets

See also Fungal relations; Home


two at dead ends

and donors, in memory of

on the hill, foreground, base of coastal redwood, Bed 500

See also Jobs/sit on; Queen of Hopeful; Sex; Water fountains

Bergmann's Rule

in a given species, body size is greater in animals in northern habitats

Berkeley Hills

part of Pacific Coastal Ranges

sign says; sitting in the dirt to test it; a diorama of home, a museum of here, or a selfie, or authentic as Duchamp’s urinal, which reminds us of all sorts of things, having it all, not just peeing, poets



See Garden director’s retirement/“remember the ‘silly socks’ . . .” ; Venus fly traps


omnipotent voice, from speaker on the studio roof

if you were an alien watching people board a plane, you’d be impressed by the biggest human, right? poet

nectary gland for a bat snout

money spent on tree work

largest wheelbarrow used by gardener working farthest from the barn, Jason 1.26.16

“I don’t think art can stand up to nature. Put the best object you know next to the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, redwoods. The big things always win,” Walter de Maria [16]

See also Dirty finger jobs/large man; Shelter; Size


our innate affinity with other living systems, coined by E. O. Wilson

in art: pastoral, landscape painting, environmental art, eco art, ecopoetry, acoustic ecology, site-specific projects, social sculpture, slow food, earthworks, bio-art

See also Dominionistic; Dreams; Ecopoetry; Gumballs; Talking to plants

Biotic Portal at Strawberry Creek


as arbitrary and human generated as Linnaeus’s system? poets (as architects)

big data is a big thing, Brent Mishler [17]

“connections that have never been made before,” Deepa 6.17.16

engagement, research, cataloging, but generative not analytical, just like contemporary art, Maria 1.26.16

supertasking: “like Tristram Shandy, so detailed that it takes the author one year to set down the events of a single day . . . can never be finished” Wikipedia [18]

“everything that congests in the moment,” Sabrina 1.30.16

previously called “Seeing What Happens”

“Oh, I get it. It’s Linnaeus upside down,” John 4.21.16

“what is the territory? . . . The territory never gets in at all . . . Always, the process of representation will filter it out,” Gregory Bateson [19]

“They want to participate in this thing, but there is no thing. The desire is the participation,” Alex [20] 

See also Heterotopias; Maps; Place; Poetry; Systems; etc., etc., etc.

Birch, Betula utilis

yielding boats, canoes, covering for wigwams, roof tiles, containers, writing paper, shoes, letter B, Bed 170B

See also Gifts/it’s always by favour; Trees

Bird cage fungus

sighted below rose garden, size of pomegranate, bright orange, smells like corpse, riddled with beetles and flies, Jason 1.26.16

See also For kicks and grits

Birding breakfast

we watch the birds eat breakfast? Logic 3.25.16

a big group of women fill it up, See also Inside



best places to see them: California, Mediterranean, near fences, creepers in Asia

mixed-species flocks like the oaks

and bird netting in propagation area: goldfinches wait for gardener to pull it taut and then dive through the biggest holes for the big seeds of endangered large-flowered fiddleneck, Holly 3.24.16 See also Lesser goldfinch

“project feeder watch” how Sarah got into ornithology

“The person inside a literary creation can be both viewer and insider. The window is open and the bird flies in. It closes and a drama between the bird and its environment begins,” Barbara Guest [21]

“Did you hear that? The parent arrived—the frequency just increased,” Chris 7.26.16


of the rose family, poor relation

pops up everywhere, like "like" and "very," See also Editing; Pruning

zero tolerance policy, but we can’t keep up; sell the thornless in the shop

See also Invasives; Reality

Blackboys (missing name for Xanthorrthea)

"I never said the word black, because I didn't know it was ever said to mean beautiful, to mean love, to mean life. I had never heard it to mean honor, power, a person or creation of value," Helen Klonaris [22] See also Arcadia; Poke in the eye           

Black walnut

once thought to cure head ailments (walnuts look like brains); today, good for heart, See also Doctrine of signatures; Like


-eyed, gentle [sic], and governed by laws = white people, Linnaeus’s Systema Naturae 1735

-eyed local wood rats with no scales on their tails


“would often show up out of nowhere; we were here a lot when I was 8, my sister was 5,” Steve

See also Deer/kill on the boundary

Borrowed views

slow time in, 4.10.16

best, Mexico/Central America section

See also Context

Botanical confusion

and convergent evolution (nature vs. nurture)

look alikes that are not alike: cacti + euphorbias; cycads + palms

Middle Ages: Europeans translated nearly every tree named in foreign manuscripts as “oak" [23]

“Reindeer ‘moss’ is a lichen, Spanish ‘moss’ is a flowering plant, sea ‘moss’ is an alga, and club ‘moss’ is a lycophyte. So what is a moss?” Robin Wall Kimmerer [24]

toxic juice of pipevine (aka birthwort) used to aid childbirth since thought to resemble a human fetus

See also Cresting in cacti; Like; Paradox

“Botanical eyes”

a European naturalist stealing the source of quinine in 1735 [25]


Boundary fences

where a severance of context occurs, selectivity begins

See also Deer/kill on the boundary; Fence around the garden; Garden

Bouncing balls

scientists can’t decide how to classify the wren tit; only member of family in North America, related to European warbler, song sounds like a bouncing ball, Sarah 2.19.15


to move a visitor’s “aah” experience to a focused mindfulness, new director 5.20.16

See also Missing; Wishes/to steal from garden


“I am a California buckeye [stranded in wrong section],” Rebekah 6.22.16


aka dairy farm tree; inosculation

“burly gnarled bones speared by a cow,” Jane 6.22.16


and bud-eaters

limbs and buds; leg buds of baby newts

Bumper cars

See Golf cart

Buying plants

“people are attracted to beauty and the idea of beautifying their spaces with plants. The care of plants requires time, patience, and work, which might not be as attractive to us,” anon 5.13.16

“not huge into buying and feel good about successful growing,” anon 5.13.16

See also Auction, annual; Gift shop; Money/care


California fuchsia

hummingbird beak glove, Bed 30

California sagebrush

“feather duster; used to attract dirt and cleanse a place,” Bed 22A, Zippie 5.25.16


first memory of a garden, eating these, visitor

leaves used for brownish yellow dye, and bark a reddish brown dye, Bed 216

Camellia japonica: all at once, Bed 246


someone grabbed a pile of sticks and a rattlesnake was sticking out the end, Meghan 6.17.16

See also Snakes in the garden; Surprise; Survival strategies

Cancer-weed, Bed 309

“late, wet winter—

full cactus bloom spring

I was diagnosed, and cactus came

bats feed on cacti who bloom at night

sip night nectar

in the night of my cancer found nectar

sealing own wound

spine away such rain blooms” Beth Murray [26] 


See Opuntia robusta; Scat


“Capitalism is not an economic system; it is not a social system; it’s a way of organizing nature,” Jason Moore [27]


“Don’t put your hands in there—sheep have gotten caught and never gotten out. Puya, like hula,” Anthony 4.29.16

horticulturist gestures toward the carnivorous plants and one of the pitchers rattles

See also Authority/how to handle

Catch in the act

See Poison oak/drug-addled person; Puya/flowers are Startrek; Time and space

Cedar, Port Orford


ten trees in a circle, growing as one, girdled/edited by rodents, Bed 254B

Chain fern

broken by path, linking down to water, Bed 231

See also Creek collection plants

Chamaedorea nubium

dorea, as in gift; remembering a felucca ride on the Nile at Aswan, Bed 250A


the story of the universe in one word

“Form is primarily mobile life in a changing world,” Henri Focillon [28]

“Does our perception of nature change over time—personally and socially? Does our place in nature change? As we go thru life, and as society embraces ‘nature’ or not,” anon

“To be counted on: / new leaves / new dead / leaves” Lorine Niedecker [29]

ash tree fungus no longer brainy, more like scat, darkening up, Gideon 6.25.16 See also For kicks and grits

turns out it’s not fungus but a slime mold; add algae and you get lichen, Gideon 9.8.16

See also Creation; Cresting in cacti; Impermanence; Time


couldn’t take the chaos of the vines, propagator had to switch to succulents

couldn’t take the tumult of children’s museums, came to UCBG, new director 5.20.16


birds out the window as a child, like plants, everywhere, but more charismatic, Sarah 2.21.16

of small cacti, “chubby-headed little pets” 5.20.16

of a “lovely orchid on the table, lovely, but not lovely enough to eat,” Michael 6.22.16

“If one tree fruits, they all fruit—there are no soloists,” Robin Kimmerer Wall [30]


Cheese sandwiches

    whose turn to bring?

See also Dairy farm; Tradition


three bantams found in the redwood grove 5.17.16

See also Lost and found

Chinese aloe

“looks different than the aloe we’re used to . . . I wonder if it’s used directly on the skin or if you drink it,” Eva 6.17.16

Christian names

Adam’s needle, Bed 308

Bleeding heart, Bed 15A

Blue-eyed Mary, Bed 15A

Christmas fern, Bed 302

Christmas rose, Bed 405

Desert candle, Bed 706

Devil’s walking stick, Bed 314

Finger of God, Green House 2

Glorybower, Tropical House 1003

Jack-in-the-pulpit, Bed 309

Jerusalem thorn tree, Bed 706

Lamb’s ears, Bed 404

Pink Easter lily cactus, Bed 158

Red angel’s trumpet, Bed 602

St. Catherine’s lace, Bed 111A

St. Johnswort, Bed 404

Tea of heaven, Bed 226


artists have claimed nature, rejected it, claimed it, rejected it

See also Classifying; Names


same-stuff: an “insinuation that deep down, everything is connected and irreducible to a simple substrate resonates with an ecological sensibility,” Jane Bennett [31]

of uniqueness: human, in the eyes of God




and leaks; band-aid solutions, Anthony

See also Irrigation


by personality, Bryan 3.4.16 See also Profanation

by poem reference 3.14.16 See also Excitable/the tulips

by their use, assuming all plants were/are used (even . . . will be), Ken 3.4.16

“The collection seeks a form of self-enclosure which is possible because of its ahistoricism. The collection replaces history with classification, with order beyond the realm of temporality,” Susan Stewart [32]

“The hostility of it: this is this, that that. My insides resist,” Aife 5.25.16

Clematis fusca

where is it? Bed 216


none in nature, Saxon 1.22.16

plenty on the internet

See also Kitsch

Climate change

“The market left to itself will not reconfigure the energy system and transform the economy within a generation,” John Ashton [33]

CAL fire; Monterey County is burning, 8.2.16

See also Bad; Dates/March 3, 2016; Elephants in the room


best time, frogs sing their heads off, mystical evening light, Paul 1.29.16

“and the wildlife gets a needed break from us humans and our insatiable desire to explore and know,” Ann 4.10.16

South Park Drive during newt migration season


coldest spot in the garden: Tropical House

that kills: not how cold but how long it’s that cold, Paul

set in fridge to break dormancy 42 degrees


“ants, creepy crawlers: tiny unknown farmers ” 3.4.16

nothing lives in isolation here

one speaks, the other listens for telling bits, poets

bats come to white flowers at night, push snout into large nectary glands, Jason


and erased contexts, Susan Stewart [34], See also Noah’s ark

and no border patrols, e.g., birds flying in, seed in their guts

big science, big business in early modern world

          colors of a place, all relate, and affect us, Mimi 2.19.16

privileged, until one catches a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, or the skyline of Strawberry Canyon, or a glimpse of a bird or a squirrel, or the smell of soil and leaves

what’s outside: “time, hole in tree, exchange of gasses, carbon, care” 4.17.16

See also Uncollected; Wrong-feeling/to want to nose around



today we meet an artist who is renaming the colors in the garden 2.19.16

needed, as much as the alcohol, to get a successful auction going 4.29.16

as plant bias: oceans and waves of color; sumptuous, tender color; malevolent color; waterfalls of color, droplets weaving, blending, separating; intense, hot, and deeply frigid color; color that becomes form 4.10.16

I want a job here to “regroup the garden based on a color palette, make a color wheel garden,” Kimberlie 3.14.16

See also Blackboys; Blue/-eyed, gentle (sic); Collections; Names



complete: deep pink blossoms of the Cercis chingii against the fans of the windmill palm, Bed 170B

incomplete: the geography of the body without space/habitat, Elyse 3.3.16

and dominion: “Matter is that element in the datum which has no destiny. Forms domesticate it, make it consumable,” Jean-Francois Lyotard [35]

and security report from a garden elsewhere: Zombie palms flank the door 6.17.16

Compost tea

and uninvited weeds

sprayed not sipped


(Spinoza) the force in every animate creature toward the preservation of its existence, dictionary.com

See also Actants

Conifer posers

sheoak: neither a conifer nor an oak, and not necessarily a she, Bed 503


by naming, put to rest a nagging question

See also Thrill

Construction poem

“A fallen limb

A post

A beam

Leaves to shelter

Build a house

For me

But I live in Fruitvale

In a basement

Not far from here

with some plants,” Bridgit 4.10.16

See also I want to construct . . .


“nature holds time for us. It’s the space of feeling we enter into,” anon 4.17.16



suggestion of, See Collections

“to work out as many different models of where poetry can exist, where poetry can be inserted, can be read, experienced, performed; what are the various different ways that we can make poetry have contexts,” Myung Mi Kim [36]

Cork oak

4,000 bottle stoppers per harvest [37] Bed 804

nine years to grow a new bark

See also Plenty; Trees


Corporate yard

barn, chem room, plastic house, workshop, gorilla cage, label printer and rack, prop house, research house, cinder bins, House 1, House 2, weather station, fire hose with bats

Country fashion


common names

teeming life sturdily replicating itself, no shame

to saw and shave through to a kernel

utilitarian relationship to plants


“Each individual organism is alone with its own risk, goes nowhere, comes from nowhere: it is creativity all the way down,” Bruno Latour [38]

“It is life itself that creates life,” Agnes Martin [39]

“No creativity, no hope—but painting like Nature, painting as change, becoming, emerging, being-there, thusness, without an aim, and just as right, logical, perfect, and incomprehensible,” Gerhard Richter [40]

See also Dreams/tea from a paint brush

Creek across street

supports monster flowering plum (worst weed), and birds carry seed here

Creek collection plants

types of: aquatic, canopy, emergent, evergreen shrub or tree, forest floor, understory, vine

habitats of: along streams, canyons, cold springs and creeks, creek edges, damp places, marshes, moist forest floor, shady damp slopes, stream banks, in moving water, wet places, woodlands

Creek in CA section

"the creek wins, banks too steep to garden," Ben

large native oak fallen into it 3.18.16

Cresting in cacti

tip growth is interrupted, and plant forgets how it once grew, may convolute along its seams, Basil 5.20.16

See also Affection



bridal procession

signal: “not far off from the one long, strong note of a California toad,” birder

talk: “smells good here” 3.24.16

talk: “an olive-sided flycatcher is in the redwoods—hear the first two syllables of ‘quick-3 beers’?”


cultural nature, See Country fashion


compared in value to a small aloe, Michael 4.28.16

 See also House/Melocactus; Value

Cupped and quartered

versus single-petal roses


two females coning on Africa Hill, one smooth green, the other covered in brown hair 2.6.16

and extinction: can’t get female and male plants together, “worse than elephants, they don’t move,” John 1.29.16

See also Money; New; Value


Dairy farm

previous tenant of 200 Centennial Dr.

Damask rose

stick your nose in it; portal to childhood, poet 4.22.16

See also Smells


of poets

of scientists


Endangered Species Act, 1973

De Anza expedition, 1776

Silent Spring published 1962

March 3, 2016, “it appears that average temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere have breached the 2 degrees Celsius above ‘normal’ mark for the first time in recorded history, and likely the first time since human civilization began thousands of years ago. That mark has long been held (somewhat arbitrarily) as the point above which climate change may begin to become ‘dangerous’ to humanity. Slate.com

October 22, 2004, poor endangered Baker’s larkspur survived a flood but scraped away by a backhoe

2035, my retirement, looking forward to it, Rafael 4.15.16

July 13, 2016, See Times, the/“Pokémon Go . . .”



“DEAD” stamp; plants on file no longer part of collection

assisted; tulip tree sapling planted beside. “Just your basic entropy,” Anthony 12.2.15

missed sometimes and the label stays, especially if a gardener is new, See Clematis fusca

          by blooming, the monocarpic Puya, See Showstopper

slow, by disease (Manzanita); dead tree = planting opportunity

synonym for Deceased, which was stamped on the entry card for my safe deposit box, Jane 6.22.16

fast, by toppling, e.g., old oak into creek

“death march with cocktails,” the retirement process, anon 6.24.16

by expert tree cutters, knobcone pine 4.22.16

imminent for passionflower, “I’ll leave it one more week for a photo,” Peter

“I took the red bark and know this is a place I hope to have some of my ashes thrown,” Cecilia 4.17.16

“I run a bonsai hospice,” Michael 4.28.16

See also Deer/kill, on the boundar



sighting on the hill: “but we’re not here to see mammals,” said the birder 2.21.16

kill, on the boundary: “blood and bile everywhere, anus with ‘M&Ms’ tossed away from rest of carcass, ribs chewed on,” Gideon 5.13.16

trapped in the back 5 acres, “it’s probably sleeping now,” Eric 7.22.16

“fear the deer because they eat all the things,” Jonathan 8.5.16


and roses; bred to people’s fancies year after year; more blooms, single stems

and orchids; locked up

See also Collections; Garden is a department store; I want to be a . . . here; I want to construct . . . ; I want to teach you . . . ; Narcissus; Night, and I want to . . . ; Paradise; Preferences; Purchase pleasure; Puya/“fucking stunning . . .”; Queen of hopeful; Romance-novel-type plant names; Seduction; Sex; Venus fly traps; Zookeeper

Dimorphic behavior

some ferns when producing spores change leaf shape from simple to pinnate

 See also Transformation


Ben rides by standing on one 6.17.16

See also Questions

Dinosaur food

unusable name for cycads, by director’s and associate director’s edict

name used for horsetails

Dirty finger jobs

some prefer gloves, See also Jobs

“We propagators differ from the other volunteers, e.g., the meeters and greeters, in liking to get our hands dirty,” Carolyn 5.31.16

large man with dark soil under his finger- and toenails sells us on his Soil Bloom, shows us pics of giant strawberries 5.31.16


verb and noun: no conclusions or judgment, See Data

and lack of order in gardens generally: “maybe we don’t really care about getting it all right” 6.17.16


“The ‘personal’ is already a plural condition. Perhaps one feels that it is located somewhere within . . . ? One can look for it and already one is not oneself, one is several, incomplete, and subject to dispersal,” Lyn Hejinian [41]

See also Seed

Doctrine of signatures

sixteenth century belief that God marked objects with a sign of their use for humans; herbs that resembled parts of the body were thought to heal those body parts

 See also Aristolochia; Black walnut; Imagination/magical thinking; St. Johnswort; Toothwort


good data and long-term security: Pterocarya tree growing above the stone bridge on the lower road stays [42] 


the jar: “It took dominion everywhere,” Wallace Stevens [43]

dilemma: we rescued a Western fence swift inside a church from a slow death by dehydration, then wondered where would it be safe outside. Every square foot is likely to be mowed, dug up, have rocks unloaded onto it. We could only hazard a guess, because nowhere around humankind is safe. Though we try to be merciful—hmm, Ann 4.10.16

“my affiliation with nature? Dominionistic with a little utilitarian thrown in. If no one else has answered this way, this is the elephant in the room,” Shirley 1.31.16

that’s us; drives the creation of garden, its upkeep, our pleasure, but we refuse to see it, poet

all the paving and planting over what was once sand dune ecosystem in SF, Liz 4.10.16

“In the city, where haven’t I seen that! But then I see roots spilling and gurgling over the cement lots and realize that if we gave that a chance, we’d be completely overcome in a short time. Global warming is the ultimate message that we have no dominion over nature, that there is a price we are paying and that our evolutions are not complete—were we destined to hurl ourselves and the planet to doom? How small are our gestures—how far does their impact reach? Erin 4.10.16

“open the tap, boil water, make tea” 4.17.16

other examples: raging infection quieted with antibiotic medicine; strings holding up a tomato planting 4.10.16

“off the coast of Laos was the last time I saw a space free of human dominion over nature,” Christine 4.17.16

“Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over everything thing that moveth upon the Earth,” God [44]

 See also Capitalism; Narcissus; Poke in the eye

Domino effects

the pine fell and knocked the oak over


Double life

amphibians: land + water

director: fundraiser + scientist

poets: fiction + nonfiction

retired director + volunteer propagator

volunteer: violinist + tissue culture propagator

See also Garden maps; Hyperreality

Doubling back and over

“History gains its shape from the ways in which it reads itself or gathers itself up, as we say, reflexively, as well as the ways in which its time happens to fall out,” Steven Connor [45]

See also Analysis


wish to “dream among the oak knoll and sounds of the creek,” Prima 3.14.16

“Great horned owls were lined up like soldiers along the path, facing me. ‘Wait a minute, you’re not a great-horned owl,’ I said to the burrowing owl trying to fit in,” Logic 3.25.16

tea from a paint brush (Escrito bloqueada) fosters creativity, Aife 5.25.16


“‘Just add water,’ no longer as easy as it sounds,” Chris 3.14.16

          long-root strategy

“great for attendance,” Paul 1.29.16

succulents keep the water they’ve got

See also Questions/is it drought

Dutchman’s pipevine

toxic leaves; only food of the pipevine swallowtail caterpillars; a trace remains in the butterfly for protection, See also Paradox; Poison

flies enter flowers attracted by scent, and become trapped by hairs, which then wither to release the fly covered in pollen

See also Doctrine of signatures; Like; No/no separation; Smells; Symbiosis



Stewart likes the economy of poetry, “playing on people’s history and emotions” 4.29.16


“What if structures of perception are not "subjective" (i.e., added by humans to raw data) or "objective" (i.e., provided by things in themselves), but are articulated within media of relation and interaction such that to speak is to surge up into a medium that isn't projected, but is ongoing, like an environment? Might we see ourselves then as participants in a noninstrumental language?” Forrest Gander [46]                                                           

“It's a kind of boundary work, about networks and crossing,” Jonathan Skinner [47]

“The problem for poets is always how to present these things in a non-didactic and imaginative way,” Brenda Hillman [48]

See also Attention; Experience; Poetry


“My mind stops racing when I enter the garden. It’s a place of sanity and joy,” Sylvia 3.25.16


“My heart in hiding / Stirred for a bird,—the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!” Gerard Manley Hopkins [49]


gardening is like editing: what to leave in, what to take out 12.4.15

See also Pruning; Cedar, Port Orford



“my bias is for this: the burst of life in spring, strokes of lichen on rocks, roses in my garden blooming like monsters from some tropical world,” Jaime 4.10.16

“In real life, we get everything we want and need, just like the grass. It is all laid on,” Agnes Martin [50]


frogs lay theirs in the propagation house, tadpoles swim in the water trays alongside the carnivorous plants 5.31.16

newt eggs in sacs on the waterlily stalks

See also Transformation

Elan vital

“current of life,” Henri Bergson

“let the words write the words,” Fanny Howe [51]

Elephants in the room

climate change

have the poet-vendors been paid?

value of a poacher’s tubers, no roots, no names

“Our current guilt-ridden worship of the environment is a sign of moral and cultural disarray, and I doubt if it lasts,” J. B. Jackson [52]

See also Dominionistic


see red dots

what’s the difference between rare and endangered, See also Questions; Rare; Threatened

time—“There is only constant change,” Victoria Vesna [53]

“The whole of mankind is in mortal danger, not because we are short of scientific and technological know-how, but because we tend to use it destructively without wisdom,” E. F. Schumacher [54]

Entrance garden

designed collaboratively, and proudly, by the gardeners

"not the arrival of an active voyager in an awaiting passive destination but an intertwining of ongoing trajectories, from which something new may emerge,” Doreen Massey [55]

See also Here and now


taking language out of it, to create a chaotic pitch that feels like life in motion, full of accidents, opposite of a still life, poet, after reading Andrew Joron

See also Language; Questions

Eruption year

for varied thrush, the bird on the cover of Sibley’s

nothing so noticeable this year, Sarah 3.25.16


i.e., evapotranspiration, all that happens when you get drizzles


“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity,” Henry David Thoreau [56]

See also Paradise; Time and space


quick lexicon: “food, fiber, dye, timber, cordage, medicine, scent, adornment,” Deepa


the child’s voice low and quiet, “it’s poisonous” 3.4.16


“Once we take evil into ourselves, it no longer insists that we believe in it,” Kafka [57]


= evolutionary developmental biology, e.g., species splitting (speciation)


“Time becomes smell here. I walk in and I forget about time because smell takes over—what is it that is filling the air,” A 4.10.16


“The tulips are too excitable, it is winter here,” Sylvia Plath, See also Classifying

“Don’t miss the Puya! It’s dripping with nectar!” visitor 4.15.16

“Whenever any nerve or muscle is stimulated, the polarities [of the electrical charge] across the [cell] membrane reverse . . . in about one thousandth of a second. This . . . is the action potential, the unique phenomenon of neuromuscular membranes . . . their excitability,” Deane Juhan [58]

Exerted flower parts, lot of

garden bouquet, delivered by Anthony

“In mathematics and logic, process and result are equivalent,” Wittgenstein [59]


symbolism of the maple tree, See also Acer maximowiczii

on poetry walks, participants are encouraged to note and claim their resistance to anything, to double the space of inquiry, poet



“in the moment observational, pollinated with memories from past times with people not of the age they are now,” anon 5.25.16

“just this morning, a red paper poppy opened—the 4 cross of petals swaying in the breeze suggested a butterfly,” 6.22.16

inner or outer? Is a garden in between inner and outer?

“We are animals. We are organic. We ingest, digest, and excrete, we metabolize, we secrete and we dry out. And we live all of that,” Alva Noë [60]

“the loneliness [in Oahu] scared me or maybe I felt small,” anon 5.25.16

“Experience is awareness (if I am not aware of an experience, I’m not “having” it); awareness involves naming,” Norman Fischer [61]

See also First memory of a garden; Point of view


“hang on, I’ll tell you in a moment. I wrote a book about roses,” poet 5.13.16 See also Cupped and Quartered; Smell

definition of the environment from UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Division: “much more than the oceans and the ozone layer. It is air, soil, water, plants, animals, houses, restaurants, office buildings, and factories and all that they contain,” from The Safe and Effective Use of Pesticides [62]



with a fox, Susan 1.8.16

with this exotic cultivated forest, Maria 1.26.16

with a treetop fallen into creek 3.18.16

with a doe and her fawn, after twilight, poets 8.9.16

“sympathy is the product of the interaction that we call beauty, an interaction in which both parties become aligned in value and, in the process, become in some sense equal,” Wendy Steiner [63]

Facilities services

check sewage pump, put alarm on it 3.18.16

change the type of towel dispenser in all UC bathrooms to discourage students from playing with long sheets of towels, but leave a roll of towels in case dispenser gets stuck

See also Corporate yard; Mechanisms/Arid House


and clay soil: “What seems to fail is what we plant,” Ben 12.2.15

and cultural conditions, See Airflow

of toyon: “When you start in a container it causes problems later in life,” Ben 12.2.15

“if you never fail, you never learn,” John 1.29.16

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better,” Samuel Beckett [64]

of hierarchies, of didactic systems: “The world does not break up into neat university departments,” Hans Haacke [65]

to find any way to encourage visitors to place garbage in the garbage can and recycling into the recycling bins—thought to be a particular problem for museums, from flaunting their authority and rendering visitors childlike

Famous couples

poiesis/praxis: to unveil and bring into presence/to masterfully make, See also Greek; Profanation

aerobic and anaerobic

birds and bees

former garden director Roger Raiche and garden benefactor Myrtle Wolf, mutual appreciators and plant namers: Vitis californica Roger’s Red, Arctostaphylos pajaroensis Myrtle Wolf

See also Mystery vs. miracle; Value/we give it two ways


can’t be answered: what’s your favorite plant and when is the best time to visit? Paul 2.5.16

how does that [an already imagined reciprocity/hint of symbiosis] benefit the plant? See Ant ferns

what exactly are the poets doing here? See Unknown



           and repetition, coming and going on a rainy day, See also Taste

“I’ve got lots and lots of outfits,” Meghan 3.4.16

meadow flowers demoted by Kant, as merely beautiful, not sublime

in museum studies—now it’s not about your learning what the experts know, but rather your being led to think on your own

artists have claimed, rejected nature repeatedly

Deepa’s silk madder-dyed top 3.25.16

           annual fashion show in the redwood grove

designer, famous, spotted on the dye plants tour 3.24.16

“[as a reader to plants] I would like a uniform, a faded blue jumpsuit, white label with blue stitches framing “Plant Reader,” here on a hook in the Julia Morgan building along with a pair of tall rubber galoshes, black, muddy,” Aife 5.25.16

hand-tailored seed bags in sage-green organza and chiffon; taupe nylon stockings in the wild, Holly 3.25.16



new stars: drought-tolerant plants; long suffering

Fatal attraction

forked tongue of cobra lily drips with nectar at the entrance to its mouth, Fern and Carnivorous Plants House


line, below garden, running through the stadium, goal post to goal post

“[Chris is] kind to a fault . . . makes me think I have a caring problem,” Anthony 9.8.16


“nandina: mother plants them all around our western Kentucky homestead, my mother’s love, our passion for flowers” 2.21.16

“garden spots yet to discover”

pole pruners

pedagogy, poet

Tropical House, Deepa

Latin faves: Artemisia, artemis, knowledge; Digitalis, digital pulse; Solanaceae, solace, darkness, sleep; Common fave: bloodwort

huge redwood on the hill

“tiny white flowers that smell good, heated by sun,” A 4.10.16

“lovage. We’ve met before, in English poetry,” poet

piece of language—Ruth Sacks’s skywriting, in 2005, over Cape Town: “Don’t Panic” [66]


“I like knowing about plants and ecosystems, and I am frightened of it all and comforted by it,” Shirley 1.31.16

redwood branch fell, went 2 feet into the ground, Peter

of children growing up with experiences only of artificial beauty—how will that affect how beauty is perceived 30 to 50 years from now? Maartje 4.17.16

“fear of the bugs that bite” 4.17.16

of ticks, See also Phobias

Fence around the garden

keeps out deer kills, See also Grizzlies

couple who exited the garden in the Mexico section, onto the fire trail, follows it, begs staff to let them return through a gate

fails to keep out? Poetry walk participants make a chorus: pollution, noise, crime, birds, clouds, pests, good climbers, wanderers, doubt, smells, drones, bugs, poverty, sounds, imagination, etc.

fails to keep out? “I don’t want to think about what the fence doesn’t keep out, because being here offers so much respite from all that,” Anita 6.22.16

See also Boundary fences; Paradise; Shelter


         a gardener claims she is, her experience here

bantams, given temporary shelter in the old cactus house until a gardener assures himself they aren’t cockerels and takes them home, See also Lost and Found

cats, trapped

cat on anniversary poster?


and newts: spermatophores (capsules) deposited by male, female comes along and picks them up with/into her cloaca

and methods of sperm delivery: hand

orchid seeds need a suitable bed and a nice fungal partner

See also Bees; Pipette; Wind


when I try and try, and then you die; or you get 3 hours of a.m. sun and suddenly explode with growth— “such a brat!” Eric 7.22.16

Field trip mom

went from, to docent for children; “it’s all about telling stories,” Susan 6.17.16


-resistant bark of the sequoias makes them vulnerable to humans, See also Irony

First memory of a garden

“at the lake. I’m in the water, of course. Overhead that blue, blue sky of the Midwest. Around the lake, pines, dark fringe. I’m turning around, around, enacting the shape of the lake . . . In a minute or two, I’ll leave the water way of being, but not just yet,” Betsy 5.25.16

 “watching my grandfather pick a rose for my grandmother,” Buffalo, NY, Michael

“sneaking strawberries and green onions from the school garden in elementary school with my BFF:)” anon

“a public park in the Bronx . . . most vividly a blizzard, when I was maybe 8 years old, blanketing the park so thickly that we tromped up and down the hill all morning until we could sled at noon, hating to stop for lunch, eager to return that afternoon, while the city was almost stopped completely by the snow,” Z 5.25.16

See also Understanding; Views

First Wednesdays

free entrance


“If I was at home, I’d be doing the same thing,” Basil 5.20.16See also Jobs

artistic form, to be lively, needs to be close enough to life, poet 6.17.16

Five senses

“The garden is not just a landscape; it is smells and sounds and temperature, and textures,” Christine 4.17.16 See also Experience


“can I float something by you?” poet 2.14.16

O and K cut from magnolia petals twirling downstream

“I’m floating on my back, the better to imagine what or who the clouds might be,” Betsy 5.25.16


“the time the pond flooded, we were scooping out the newts from the mud to save them; there seemed to be hundreds then, and so few now, but we are coming to terms with the fact that our vision of those numbers that day was distorted,” Chris 2.5.16

“Chris and I rescued a thousand newts,” Paul 9.8.16

See also Bad; Point of view

Floral arrangements

and rites of passage: baptisms, weddings, funerals

and power meetings See Witness

who made Chris’s corsage? 9.8.16


strongly flattened petioles of poplar leaves cause them to twist and bend in the slightest breeze

See also Anxiety


and dynamic volumes, or topologies, See Analysis; Doubling back and over; Potential


Himalayan blackberry: birds, humans, See also Outlaw; Scat

jelly palm fruit favorite with squirrels, Bed 250A

mulberry leaves for silkworms, See also Bed; No

Foods of the Americas exhibit; stellar jay hops in 10.23.15

sassafras (toxic to humans, do not eat), See also Mitteny

bantams fed matzos while waiting to be adopted, See also Chickens; Feral/bantams

See also Composition/and dominion; Oak knoll; Teeth


For kicks and grits

spraying water on the ash tree fungus, Gideon 6.24.16


best view of palms from inside the conference center, Meghan 3.4.16

“When the person who is you is the viewer, you believe an extraordinary strength exists in that position. You are outside the arena of dispute or creativity or blasphemy,” Barbara Guest [67]


for the Julia Morgan building, and then for 2 vases, which “had to be the right period,” Gale 6.24.16

“I’m not a money-raiser,” Chris 9.8.16

Fungal relations

metaphoric: between the propagators and the garden; one embeds the other

symbiotic: as in being alive in the mind of the other, equaling love, poet

pathogenic: verdant in the Asia section by the creek, where the air is damp and still

See also Home; Nasty; Pathogens; Shelter


invented family name for furry plants: psycho-medicinal, medicine can be administered by rubbing face on plant, Amanda 3.14.16



never: “Once upon a time, the past was the past and the present was today . . . and the distance between them was neatly visualized in a forward moving line . . . And with this rectilinear and irreversible time came the vision of an inexorably progressive and productive future,” Elena Filipovic [68]

See also Time/a crumpled handkerchief


logo: Rhododendron arboreum; national flower of Nepal

wisdom: “Learn about pines from the pines, and about bamboo from the bamboo,” Basho [69]

the garden walls and fences have many breaches—gates, washed-out soils, Strawberry Creek—which allow fauna from the domesticated wildlands outside to influence the garden, for extended and short terms,” insider 3.4.16

“Here at the garden, nature is cultivated and appreciated, not forsaken. We work alongside nature, something that is unique in this world,” insider 3.4.16

“Is like a department store,” says Ramsay. “What do I mean? There’s always a lingerie department [gestures toward the palms and new green lawn].” “I knew you’d say lingerie department,” interrupts Steve, “people always say lingerie after department store” 3.25.16

“I’ve never thought of a garden as being a safe place. The orange blossoming honeysuckle . . . thrived in our garden, but frost took it,” 6.22.16

See also Fence around the garden

Garden director’s retirement

“he regarded the garden as a jewel that needed to be kept,” when rumors were that UC wanted to ditch it; he turned the Titanic,” Ramona 6.24.16

“he couldn’t make it for a year without me,” Peter, former gardener of roses section 6.24.16

“beginning of my solo flight,” new director 6.24.16

gift of poetry [the kind he likes]: “Rhodies are red, Puyas are blue, I will miss you Paul, and the newts will too,” Deepa 6.24.16

gift from hort staff: “he’s always asking how many trees in the redwood grove, so we found out, how many do you think, Paul?” “1,300.” “No, 474” 6.24.16

gift that follows convention: “from the accessions, a titan arum, that we are hoping will bloom one day, not for taking home, but named now ‘Paul Licht Senior Prince’,” Chris 6.24.16

“challenged each other, but we grew—I hope we did?” Jonathan 6.24.16

“remember the ‘silly socks’ and mugs that you were sure wouldn’t sell? they’re hot sellers, and we’ll miss your advice,” gift shop buyer, smiling, waggling socks in air 6.24.16

“you know how to sell this place,” Holly 6.24.16

Garden maps

“‘Here’ . . . is not a place on a map. It is that intersection of trajectories, the meeting-up of stories; an encounter,” Doreen Massey [70]

“The map is not the territory” Alfred Korzybski (don’t confuse Africa Hill with . . .)

difficulties with: “"we now use the country [knoll, canyon, creek] itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well," Lewis Carroll [71]


of Rena, away from pool to coning cycad forms on Africa Hill 1.22.16

of God

of Linnaeus

of collector/namer, See Blackboys

of night-vision cameras on boundaries

See also “Botanical eyes”

Getting in on the game


first attributed to poets, later discovered that Holly made the rogue sign, placing it next to the welwitschia, Arid House



Gifts, fair relations

peril, such as a drop-off, a step into or across water

“after attending a new church, the congregation gifted us a succulent,” Amy

five years old: “my mother brought me a bunch of lilacs first thing in the morning and put them by my bed,” visitor 2.12.16

“This [decentering, no longer absorbed in our own narratives] seems like a gift in its own right, and a gift as a prelude to or precondition of enjoying fair relations with others,” Elaine Scarry [72]  See also Eye to eye

of Euphorbia horrida and E. polygona Snowflake from Brian and Basil to poets

of a king palm leaf cradle from Chris to poets

“my mom, growing up in Brownsville, NYC, found an old bike that was too big for her, but she learned to ride it so she could get to the park and see trees,” Rebecca 1.8.16

separate the bays from the oaks to prevent the former giving SOD (sudden oak disease) to the latter

of a brass twirly sprinkler head, plumbed to a pipe on a stand, as a farewell present to a gardener who loved the sound of twirlies

between the scales and Argentine ants on the corn in the crops garden—the ants “tend” the scale, drive off their predators, so they can feast on the poop of the scales

 “It’s always by favour of nature that one knows something,” Wittgenstein [73] See also Knowledge

“Part of the work cannot be made, it must be received; and we cannot have this gift except, perhaps, by supplication, by courting, by creating within ourselves that ‘begging bowl’ to which the gift is drawn,” Lewis Hyde [74]

parting, Chris is given a 5-year family membership 9.8.16

Gift shop

list of living accessions binder stored; does anyone ever ask for it?

souvenirs as “unmarked graves,” Susan Stewart [75]

“you want monetary value, you go into the gift shop,” John 1.29.16

See also Garden director’s retirement/remember the “silly socks”; Value


“This opposition between the natural and the supernatural, immanence and transcendence, mere objects and meaning, matter and spirit, fact and value, defines a large part of the official ideologies of the West,” Bruno Latour [76]

“Landscape’s most crucial condition is considered to be space, but its deepest theme is time,” Rebecca Solnit [77]


“is beautiful and loves beauty,” Aidah 6.22.16

Golf cart

“Damn, I so want that thing,” Maria 1.26.16

watch out: “if he [former director] gets you in the golf cart, you’re going to be involved in the garden one way or another,” advisory board chair 6.24.16

Goodspeed’s expeditions

generations ago, plants live on, great, great, great grandchildren of

Nicotiana otophora, Bed 656

Graham Thomas

“a rose worthy of any garden,” Gideon 6.25.16

voted the world’s favorite rose by the WFRS in 2009, See Acronyms


for narrative and quotes, poets

for groups of palms, though it may lead to instability, crowns falling on house

predator of endangered plants; people are driven by a desire for the biggest of and also by the last of—don’t ask me why, I’m not a psychiatrist, Holly 3.24.16



the Latin names, to many visitors


switch to compostable trash bags all over university, Rafael 5.22.16

See also Ideology; Paradox/green

Green waves, silken mind

“I touch the breath in the wind,” Nuola 3.14.16



          backed up Sunday morning, lot of flow and debris, Chris 3.6.16

mesh keeps fawns from slipping between bars


What’s your flavor, I mean your primary affiliation to nature—

Playful: You love animation, irony, catching life in the act; you love slips of the tongue, overheard dialogue, places you can step into the creek; you want, can’t wait, to get into the game.

Wildlife protector: You notice the birds, newts, lizards, and scat piles more than plant labels; you want to know that there are secret habitats being protected for animals; you want to experience an eruption year for acorn woodpeckers or snakes.

Activist: You know that climate change is already affecting the garden; you have questions about water use, species shifts, what needs to be done not just talked about; you don’t fall for paradise; you want the rest of us to wake up all at once. Now.

Pragmatist: You know that plants die here and you “have to lose a few to grow a few,” that UC is all about money and increasing visitor numbers, that a sense of refuge is good enough for most of us; you want to support a plant sale, though you know you’ll buy too much.

Dreamer, optimist: You’re always positive and hopeful, the glass is half full and you know how to carpe diem; you’d love to teach the rest of us how to let go, and just appreciate the light shining through the camellia bush in bloom.

Primordialist: You are hungry; you like deep shelter but also adventure, and knowledge—how to distinguish a rustle from a mountain lion, what a deer kill looks like; you want to spend the night here.

 See also Biophilia

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“Why is there only one place?” Holly 3.25.16


paths raked every Friday morning, scratch, scratch

people don’t come here when it rains

people don’t look up, Jason

Ralph picks up all fallen sticks

you earn space by refusing a habitual motion, Elyse

native plants with big seeds left behind in climate warming, can’t disperse uphill

not eating during workday; a meal slows you down, can feel it when bending, gardener 4.15.16

“dragging hoses can become normal,” Anthony 5.20.16

docents continued to stop proceeding on the path in Mexico/Central America section even after the barricades were gone, Eric 7.22.16


woodpecker, spotted in an oak 2.21.16

coning cycad on Africa Hill 2.16.16

manzanita, Bed 216

white spines on silver-torch cactus, Bed 157



one hand comforts the other during vigil

over species shift and loss

“I am appalled by the idea of humans choosing one species to save over another. Why not save it all?” Jaime 4.10.16

“Can we save everything? Too much to hope for? I hope not. If so, then please save the most fragile and vulnerable first” 4.10.16

“I want to save everything. I don’t want anything to die,” Deshara 4.10.16

See also Climate change; Noah’s Ark


gradual exposure, large lath section, aka the gorilla cage

from oversaturation of loss of species

Herbarium sheets

of beds; last hundreds of years [78]

Here and now

See Hic et nunc


counter sites to real places within a society that exist but are inverted, like a cemetery or a brothel

“The garden is the smallest parcel of the world and then it is the totality of the world. [It] has been a sort of happy, universalizing heterotopia since the beginning of antiquity,” Michel Foucault [79]

See also Arcadia; Paradise

Hic et nunc

in the garden, each of its particulars reproducing, replicating, as best it can (nothing an abstraction)

“the air is cool and a gentle breeze plays with strands of loose hair,” Elizabeth 5.25.16

and failing to be: “We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future,” Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore [80]

(in google.doc of this index)






See also Evo-devo

Hiding places

“you poets sure are hard to find,” Ben 3.25.16

“Poets Are Up the Creek,” sign outside studio

“up in a tree or under the dirt, Matilda 3.25.16

“the woman’s bathroom,” Izzy and David 1.2.16

“it felt hidden but wasn’t,” Elizabeth 1.8.16

and strychnine, obtained from Nux vomica

“under a mother fern”

“under a trellis and on a bench, writing in my notebook,” Linda 1.8.16

“I have hidden behind a redwood tree in my backyard,” Nyssa, age 8


“I’ve been thinking about roots . . . the fungi and interactions and patterns that they make with one another . . . as my daughter heads off to college, somehow this feels comforting,” Rebecca 4.10.16

“we love this place—most of us don’t have anything to do with botany or anything,” Tim, advisory board member

See also Feral/bantams; Fungal relations


popping up everywhere—nobody’s concerned? should we pull them? poets 3.26.16



ecology, from Gr. oikos (house) + logy (study of)

“Language is our house of being,” Heidegger [81]

Melocactus grows a protective cupcake house for reproduction, Arid House

See also Mimicry

Hula hoe

Ben hoeing fine grass in the path after rain reveals its name 4.22.16

“is it related to the hula hoop?” Joseph 4.16.16

and then there’s “Puya, like hula,” Anthony 4.29.16

Humboldt lily

“19th century madam in Wild West, 21st century marijuana brand,” Aife 5.25.16


“the garden corrects you,” Chris 3.4.16

why when I ask someone with a badge if they know something do they say “not really” then end up telling me lots of things? visitor 2.21.16

“I feel miniaturized, under the gaze of a giant microscope,” Ramsay 3.25.16

See also Plant people


portmanteau word, huge and monstrous; aspiration for this index, poet

leaves, I love them, Deepa

See also Big; Winners


“an animal looks at me, I look at it; spins the circles/cycles of life that attach to one another, food circles, water cycles, you can cycle in 100 directions,” Rebecca 1.15.16

ceanothus is a fire follower, Ben

“I like, on a nonverbal level, to see who is out and about; I’m a birdwatcher with a life list,” Ann 1.29.16

possum carcass behind a rock in the rose garden, Susan 1.8.16

species shifting, animals moving faster than plants, communities disassembling

visitors are good, the more the merrier, but they have a negative impact on the collection, careful what you wish for

common garters hunt tadpoles in the Japanese pool, See also Photo op; Snakes in the garden

King snakes, so called because they eat other snakes, including rattlers

used to be a fund to pay for gardeners to go on plant collection trips; really hard to get collection permits now, Eric 7.22.16


See Garden maps


of unorthodox (recalcitrant) seeds, to low temperatures, cannot be stored

See also Threatened/take feelings home



“For the advocates of green capitalism, it is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine a non-market, low-carbon economy,” Paul Mason [82]


“think wildly”; artists embedded in M.I.T. labs, NYT 3.6.16

pretend your body is a tentacle, Ramsay 4.10.16

thimbleberry: “drink this tea when your sewing isn’t going well,” [83] Aife 5.25.16

funnel flower (Blooma distilae) helps distill complex ideas in simple language, [84] 5.25.16

magical thinking and healing, See Doctrine of signatures

“The only realism in art is of the imagination. It is only thus that the work escapes plagiarism after nature and becomes a creation,” William Carlos Williams [85]


evident from our weekly visits

what everything comes down to


gardener is, by Chinese fan palm’s “keep goingness,” Bed 240

gardener is, by bird cage fungus’s use of insects to disperse itself, same mechanism as plants use

See also Nasty; Surprise


as curator of people’s experience of book/garden, poets

the more you bring into the poem, the more inclusive and real it seems, Patricia 2.19.16


vats of indigo in Japan kept alive hundreds of years, See also Universal

Infestation zone

supplies pests to rest of garden


dense word (no wonder it’s preferred), origin is from late L. “come into flower”; definition includes complete flowerhead: stalk, stems, bracts, and flowers

Inner sanctum

of pack rat, the gardener finds a room lined in fur, finely chewed aromatic plant material to keep the bugs away, See also Nests; Pathogen


signs up quickly for a coveted shift at the hospitality desk

“I could tell you things about the plants that would break your heart,” Malcolm 6.13.16


birds that never sleep

See also Night; Night bloomers


“there’s something intimate about cacti,” Basil 5.20.16

visitor wants to shrink down and explore the ridges and folds of the cactus

"What is the language of here? What is the language nurtured here?" a rawlings [86]

 See also Wishes


best competitor, native trees, Ben 3.4.16

by definition, whose? See also Nobility

shifting upslope, as climate warms, faster than natives


only section without clay soil is where the plants need it (Mexico/Central America)

only poem on the poetry walk was not read by the poets 6.22.16

none of the visitors ever talk to us about plants, poets

most popular place in this prestigious botanical museum collection is under the uncollected native oaks at the Oak Knoll

plants are coaxed into growing but are not allowed at any age to reproduce by themselves

See also Failure; Rare; Walks


irritation, source of, local

staff repairs all irrigation pipeline under 2 inches

See also Gifts, fair relations/of a brass twirly

I want to be a . . . here

caterpillar gatherer (and raise them at home), Sarab 4.10.16

          audio ecologist, anon 5.25.16

botanist responsible for the succulents and cacti, Maartje 4.17.16

collector of sound—I don’t know why a bird’s pitch is high, what the job of each sound is—and identifier of smells, including smell of soil, smell of cold air, A 4.10.16

composer of tone poems that I play for the plants, birds, insects, residents, anon 4.10.16

iconoclast: “the only way to love your job is to have a hobby you hate even more,” Isaac, boy of destiny 4.10.16

mapper of scents, anon 4.10.16

meditation leader, using all the senses—sounds of birds, smells of plants, taste of chocolate or mint leaf, Jane 6.22.16

mixologist/poet/DJ, outlaw rock ‘n’ roll plant organizer, Sarah 4.10.16

on-site caretaker, anon 4.10.16

organizer of re-establishing native flora and fauna, anon 4.10.16

plant dreamer, plant napper, Jo 4.17.16

plant renamer—I would rename all the plants according to my own interests, predominantly their tactile qualities, Amanda 3.14.16

professional sleeper, anon 4.10.16

reader to the plants, primarily poetry, but I would consider installments of a novel for a thick-trunked tree,” Sue 5.25.16 See also Fashion/[as plant reader]

storyteller: improvising with a group walking through the garden, drawing for inspiration on plants, labels, countries, Anita 6.22.16

witness: sit at an intersection of paths (with a little chair and desk) and write down my thoughts, observations, and the comments of people passing by, Linda 4.10.16

I want to construct . . .

a butterfly garden, with specific plants to attract specific butterflies, Sarab 4.10.16

a hole where time doesn’t exist, and 19 feels as free as 25 or 50—an eternity of hedonism in one hole

compost pile—to see the ugly too, Michael 4.17.16

ecosystems in the deepest part of the pond, most hidden part of the bushes, Jake 4.10.16

vertical garden, Isaac, boy of destiny 4.10.16

mansions of dreams of light and perfume, anon 4.10.16

something ephemeral, transparent, JCR 4.10.16

tiny secret glades where only children and other small beings can fit, then I’d serve them tea and tart green fruits, anon 4.10.16

microscope stands and binocular stations, Christine 4.17.16

“tea tables,” Jo 4.17.16

small cameras in plexiglass tubes to observe roots, fungus, microbes, Christine 4.17.16

“ways to make the garden easier to access for handicapped individuals, with guides to facilitate walks who understand their limitations,” anon 5.25.16

“a safe, quiet place to nap under the trees,” Michael 5.25.16

I want to teach you . . .

all of nature vibrates with chi or prana and has its own melody, Barbara 6.22.16

beauty here has been achieved by hard labor—a labor of love, anon 4.10.16

the connections among rock, liquid, animal, flower, mind—macro- and microscopically, anon 4.10.16

do no harm, be kind to bees, drive less, everything doesn’t have to be perfect, things die, Michael 4.17.16

to enquire about people’s individual interests, encourage interaction, observe and share, anon 5.25.16

humility and enthusiasm, anon 4.10.16

to pay attention to your visceral reaction to what you see—pretend your body is a tentacle, Ramsay 4.10.16


Japanese snowbell, styrax

See Arrow bamboo, Bed 216


organizes view, See also Dominionistic; Undeveloped areas

Jellybean Yellow

year-round color off the deck of the Julia Morgan building, bright weddings

Jelly palm

cherry-size fruit tastes of pineapple, squirrels know and don’t share, Bed 250A

“should be a crop food; it is in Brazil,” Michael 5.31.16


“insecurity guard: help visitors get up the courage to plant something even if it might die,” Michael 5.25.16 See also Death

“curate plants based on conceptual themes rather than functional needs,” art student 3.14.16 See also Names

maintain moisture level for moss and ferns, Prima 3.14.16

“sit on the sheltered benches and smile when people come by,” Lynn 3.14.16

elemental coordinator who shows the track of energy; plants performer, dancer who feels the energies inside the plants and expresses them, so breath in the landscape can be shared (cf. artist Nils-Udo), Nuola 3.14.16

a monthly media curator of art, films, poetry around humans’ relationship with nature; first topic: how real is a manufactured garden? anon 4.10.16

owl watcher 4.10.16

dramaturge 4.10.16

See also Dirty finger jobs; I want to be a . . . here



what works for the garden and what doesn’t (in other words, don’t bring your problems here), volunteers gatekeeper

“We kicked some serious butt together, Chris” Anthony 9.8.16


language that’s crying at a funeral, not showing me anything, poet

“garden variety”


after the giant landslide, a rotational slump 30 feet below ground, we planted heavily to knit roots together, Eric 7.22.16


“Everyone knows a great deal, we all know which way we ought to go and all the different ways we can go, but nobody is willing to move,” Søren Kierkegaard [87]

“What sort of sin is that, wanting to be like God and to know good and evil?” Ernst Bloch [88]

See also Authority; Gaps; Gifts, fair relations/It’s always by; Names; Unknown


plants in a living collection by definition don’t always live, may even go extinct, Chris 6.17.16

Koreanspice viburnum

cloying as Easter, upturning leaf margins dead or coppered, Bed 170A



“three more and it’d be a memorial,” Amanda 3.14.16

See also Latin; Poison oak; Words


milk for tea spilt in/sours bag, poet

“When I say ‘trees suckle their children,’ everyone knows immediately what I mean,” Peter Wohlleben [89]

See also Dairy farm


a new name means more knowledge, Chris 12.16.15

and birding: if you don’t have a name, it’s a tree full of birds, poet 3.25.16

“is an emergent phenomenon . . . a surreality,” Andrew Joron [90]

galleries in tree trunk look like language or code, Isabella 2.21.16

“language and writing are of value in the human world primarily because in other forms, they are implicit in a world very much larger and older than that,” Robert Bringhurst [91]

tree conversations via pheromones wafting on the wind coded with messages, Robin Wall Kimmerer [92

what’s a word compared to thriving? poet 12.16.15                                               

“Does it need to be an act composed by a human entity? Does it need to occur with a certain kind of material, on a certain material, within a certain time frame?” a rawlings [93]

See also Knowledge; Talking to plants; Words


“I came here 30 years ago and have not returned until this poetry walk. We’d picnic on the lawn and read each other poems and short stories,” Cecilia 4.17.16


newts are, were last year also, people are worried


lasting authority of, Greek to many visitors

Laurel (Laurus nobilis)

used for crowns and where “poet laureate” originates

Daphne (Gr for laurel) asked her father, the river god, to save her from Apollo so he turned her into a laurel

Lazarus plants

plants once thought extinct but that have been found alive, Liz 4.10.16


tulip tree leaf and “the missing point,” Pat 12.11.15

mittens, of sassafras, three distinct leaf patterns on one tree

fallen, left on path in the Asia section: “If the water is too pure it has no fish,” Jessica 11.5.15

leaf cutting on sphagnum multiplies into many carnivorous plants

See also Death; Food

Lesser goldfinch

many of them perched, waiting for quitting time

eat the Baker’s larkspur seeds; getting under netting


“A minor sub-swarm of freethinking and over-educated ants originally from Yorba Linda, California, rally together and decide that they want to be the ones to walk in the sun, that they will take it upon themselves to attain a better life for freethinking ants everywhere, effective immediately,” Sawako Nakayasu [94] See also Swarm


life-like, border-like, heart-like, like garden like mind

“looking up at the giant sequoia reminds me of that Georgia O’Keeffe painting,” Michael 6.22.16

pipevine flowers look like human fetuses so the plant was thought to aid in childbirth long ago; toxic leaf juice causes kidney failure, urinary tract cancer, See also Botanical confusion; Paradox

nontoxic butterflies developed to look like toxic pipevine swallowtails to trick predators

wet tongue of cobra lily attracts insects

See also Narcissism

Links and leads

www.thedevilsdictionary.com, Eric

www.radicaljoyforhardtimes, Tom


ww2.kqed.org/science/2016/02/08/climate-change-is-leaving-native-plants-behind/, Linda



Learning the Trees www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/detail/33182

Their Lonely Betters, www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJR-wyK2NQg

Linnaean classification

bar-coding of nature

“In the early modern world, European botany was one system of plant knowledge among many,” Schiebinger and Swan [95]


biodegradable, banana peel, Bed 500

cutting back on handouts

Little goes a long way

cochineal insects


a small cactus with a single pale pink flower: “like a rough person singing a wonderful song,” Basil 5.20.16

Live chat

See Hic et nunc/in google.doc


male newts hang around, sometimes for months, after the job

“Time slows down. All the way down to almost stopped and then a bird flies by and time spins in a circle. [It] holds me like a hand and sets me down beside the old buckeye tree,” Sue 5.25.16


Tantalus stood in a pool up to his chin in Hades beneath fruit-laden boughs and the water receded at each attempt to eat or drink

See also Belonging; Paradise/the longing

Losing track of, here

time, Maartje 4.17.16

boundaries we place on reality, so we can experience our bodies and feel our way through the world, opening our hearts, David 4.7.16


document loss and dying state; several plants about to go extinct, Chris 6.17.16

best madrone grove in the area cut and burned to create the Mexico/Central America section

 “when you could get away with things like that,” Eric 7.22.16

“We prefer to seek out a paradise that we can continue to lose, time and again, so that our conversation about what we’ve lost, and about our feeling of unconditional want, can continue,” Inger Christensen [96]

Lost and found

papier-mâché cheetah in the parking lot

3 bantams in the redwood grove

new bridge reappears 5.12.16


“Problem with vines is they love each other; every Tues we pull them apart,” Pam 5.31.16

retirement party tributes 6.24.16, 9.8.16


mass accessing: trees on banks, oaks in oak knoll

plants grade together, See also splitters


          stellar jay mimics a hawk in the Asia section to scare the other birds away from food 2.21.16

accommodated by language: mock-, faux-, false-, pseudo-

See also Survival strategies



See Scat


under the giant valiantly blooming, Bed 245D, 3.25.16

Manzanita acrostic






Jo, Bed 657, 4.17.16


slow death above the Japanese pool, unnoticed until Chris points it out, Bed 228, 7.2.16

across from it, a dwarf Siberian pine, dead, empathetic homesickness? Bed 221

See also Death; Trees

Marching band

big sound fills stadium of redwoods

escorts Paul and the rest of us from the redwood grove to the party in the Julia Morgan building

See also Garden director’s retirement



Arid House heating and ventilation

and living cells: message from roots to open pores of leaf tips

pole pruner blade articulates 180 degrees

electrical storm triggers plants to “green up” and prepare for rain


  and translation

  and human projection: foothills, mouth of river, forest floor, See also House

gone amok; fetus-shaped flower of the toxic pipevine and the erroneous connection to aiding childbirth

Mickey Mouse

See Rinky-dink

Middle Kingdom

former name of Asia section, Elaine


“No matter how alienated we may become, we produce patterns that mirror the natural world,” Victoria Vesna [97]

and art: “Nature is a Haunted House/ but art a House that tries to be haunted,” Emily Dickinson, See also Ghosts; Lying

and poison: Eastern tiger swallowtail adapted to mimic the pipevine swallowtail


“This garden is a reflection of what’s possible in the world . . . May we slow down to reflect,” Aidah 6.22.16

Missing, objects

where’s the new bridge? 2.13.16 See also Lost and found

Missing, people

who among the populations in the Bay Area is not here in this index or at the garden? poets, new director

See also Blackboys (missing name for Xanthorrthea); Original/“Every morning I wake up . . .”; Questions/does the way a poem is made; Questions/ “Please keep asking”

Missing, topics

Dacher Keltner’s research on awe

what goes on at the Jane Gray Research Greenhouse across the street

most of the gardeners’ knowledge, most of the garden’s public events

what lies just outside the boundary

natives propagators


leaves of sassafras the most mitteny of all, See also Leaves

Modern dance

fan palms are the dancers of the garden “as Loie Fuller showed us,” Michelle 3.4.16

See also Composition


colonial botanical monopolies short-lived

somewhere, a woman, after a nice chat with a botanical garden director, wrote a check for $1 million

UC can’t receive it from just anyone

          care is for the sake of the collection; monetary value—go to gift shop

and the mercantilist: “He removes the object from context and places it within the play of signifiers that characterize an exchange economy,” Susan Stewart [98]

and food deserts: answer is food sovereignty, says urban agriculture student, 5.31.16

wealth is an abundance of different greens, Jo 4.17.16

and low wages for hort staff: “hint, hint, new director,” Holly 9.8.16

See also Auction/annual; Value

Monkey puzzle trees

seeds planted in 1983, same caretaker until 2015, Beds 657, 658

gardeners puzzled over cause of withering

Moon cycles

affect subtle bodies in the soil

planting during the new moon

See also Old Farmer’s Almanac

Morse code

lichen, “a tactile language system,” Eleni

See also Language/galleries in tree; Staccatologue

Moss virus

coined term for when soft tissue of cactus folds outward like an anemone, Ella 4.10.16

See also Botanical confusion/Reindeer moss

Mother plants

cycle through; divide the rhizomes of the pitcher plants

 See also Sad


as monuments to what is lost, John Berger [99]

living vs. . . . dead?

children’s—glad to have left them, too old for the constant tumult designed into the exhibits, new director 5.20.16

come on Monday, the atypical day, to not overburden the parking lot 6.17.16


         summer concerts in the redwood grove

of place, in concert: fan palms, bird song, water flowing

propagating venus flytrap, violin in the closet, Akiko 5.31.16

See also Time, here/our time is “atonal . . .”

Mystery vs. miracle

“Ein Gedi Botanical Garden, Israel, blazing, burning dry with an oasis quiet except for birdsong. Miracle [of] water in relentless heat. The meaning of miracle becomes real, a revelation of reality,” Shirley 5.25.16

See also Value/we give it in two ways



birders speculate about why the yellow-rumped warbler is called myrtle warbler in their native Canada—too shy to say rump? 2.21.16

name plants after something from that time—Elvis plant, deCaprio flower—for a history lesson and a melancholy of the past, M 4.10.16

“common names for easier public recognition,” Barb

evocative names, not descriptive ones, Sarah 4.10.16

names in English help me to visualize the plant (baby tears, pretty face, baby blue eyes, mule ears), Ann 4.10.16

“give me the specific epithet every time” 3.15.16

hammer the presumptuous name and replace it with a humbler, unobtrusive one—turn down the volume either way 4.10.16

“not just a tree full of birds, but a Wilson’s warbler that just flew up from Mexico,” Sarah 2.21.16

engraved by unnamed volunteer

          bandit intimidator: name of chipper machine

          the poet unnames things, Octavio Paz

“the vein in which we decide to spell,” D. Leto 12.11.15

indigenous, takes place of colonial in the New Zealand section

indigenous, the oldest form, would be considerate to the plant because that name would have more to do with the plant than the namer,” Amanda 3.14.16

indigenous, “but keep the colonial to remember how things can be recontextualized and taken over,” Ella 4.10.16

“Kinnikinnick” by any other name would never do!” Ann 4.10.16

“I’d like to see a direct translation of the scientific Latin or Greek names” 4.10.16

“name plants by the name of their owners,” anon 3.14.16

dawn redwood, coined by San Francisco Chronicle science editor to sell his story of its “discovery,” ignoring the tree’s names in China—water fir, water larch

exercise on poets walk: “Attach words to things that show the slight gap between object and name” 4.17.16

“the name could change all the time,” art student 3.14.16

“do I have a name for the fungus that looks like vomit? I’ll get back to you on that. . . . Debbie, maybe?” Gideon 6.24.16

who named the dawn redwood? San Francisco Chronicle science editor—let’s call him Blogs, poet

See also Narratives/create; No/no names; Poetry/opening; Words


fall in love with innocence, whiteness, trance of, death pool 1.20.16

checking for likes


create meaning: “a jar in Tennessee,” Meghan

of the palm, cycad, and fern: organize by leaf shape

can be obscured, in forgetting

one thing next to another is what we call the universe, Borges

turn toward, assert survival


derived from Old French natif, innate, produced by birth; later native, born in bondage (probably before 1425)

trees, cornerstone for other native life, Ben 3.4.16

See also Invasives


poison oak, birds drop it in here

stink at the edge of New Zealand section—blue flowers of the poisonous solanum there or Gideon just applied fish meal?

epilobium, spreads exponentially when seeds pop out on touch

anus of a deer thrown aside, after kill at garden boundary

“I don’t like my bare foot on the ground,” M 4.10.16

See also No/“wilderness—eeww”


January 5, national bird day

April, national poetry month

See Rules/Convention on Biodiversity


          “all the elements interacting here,” Holly 3.4.16

art can’t match it, See Winners

the breath of a place—the hills, plants, earth, water, sun merged together; its resonant sounds; its energy field, which includes organisms’ growth patterns, Nuola 3.14.16

as a value concept, as opposed to “manmade,” slips into ideal

“could mean anything or everything here,” Isaac, boy of destiny 4.10.16

“naturally people are going to make machines, on and on until we can’t any more,” Norman Fischer [100]

battle cry of weeds, student

is that tree different from this folding table? poet 2.19.16

a coal-fired power plant is as much a part of nature as a tree, Steve 3.15.16

"is [life?] green, brown, flowering, overgrown, past its prime” 3.4.16

from Latin natura, birth, character, from nasci, be born, See also native

is everything, it’s grown out of the same matter, Jean 2.19.16

holds time for us, David 4.17.16

it “produces us, even as we (physically, conceptually, discursively) produce it,” Jeffrey Kastner [101]

on a spectrum, use the word interchangeably, Patricia 2.19.16

“the stillness of botanic life,” art student 3.14.16

“too distracting, so she moved her desk away from the window; then later moved it back,” John 1.29.16

“what do you mean by nature?” Shirley, in an email 1.31.16

PBS: fast-growing plants taking over city buildings, mating

“we hide the fact that it’s all manmade,” and “now everything is monetized at the university,” Paul 1.29.16

say instead “wild” or “preserved,” or “undisturbed”

we are starved for it; the only nonsynthetic thing at CVS is the cotton for wounds, Elizabeth 3.18.16

“I need to step backwards toward topography, earth, further into climate and gravity, then forward and in reverse as human nature, wish, affordance, commerce,” Todd 4.17.16

“a peaceful place that reflects the awesomeness & wonder of God,” Angela 3.18.16

nature is “paradise on earth—humans were evicted from paradise but permitted to make one here!” anon 5.25.16

“‘Non-human nature’ might be a more accurate phrase,” Jo 4.17.16

See also Questions/does the way a poem is made

Needle palm, porcupine palm

threatened in the wild, spines can’t protect it, Bed 250A

See also Endangered; Spines; Thorns


pack rats continue to build up nest around the inner sanctum unrelated to function; Eric has seen nests as high as 5 feet

Paul points to the hummingbird taking spiderwebs off the cactus for its nest

See also Palm skirts


Mahonia cross, bred in a backyard, hushes the plant sale crowd, See Auction/ annual

what new thing can I find here that I haven’t seen before—like, today, the shoots of spring green growth, like hands, on the conifers, Ramsay 3.25.16

and lost: last wild specimen of a cycad species identified in 1980s dynamited out of cliff in South Africa this year

not—it’s just a blue jay with yellow Puya pollen stuck to its forehead 4.15.16

propagated: “we make new plants from old plants; they want to spread—see how many seeds there are on the Juncus!” Kris 5.31.16

“Play frees and distracts humanity from the sphere of the sacred, without simply abolishing it. The use to which the sacred is returned is a special one that does not coincide with utilitarian consumption,” Giorgio Agamben [102]

“I’m going to keep calling myself ‘the new director’ for as long as I can” 9.8.16


          is for owling, batting, mothing, salamandering in this well-protected garden; wildlife gets a needed break from us humans, with our insatiable desire to explore and know, Ann 4.10.16

 of floral parts

of frog song: after hours, garden becomes mystical, Paul 1.29.16

roaming foxes captured on the night camera

“In their sleep, kingbirds chuckle to themselves,” birder’s journal, 100 years ago, in Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Sarah

night flight calls of birds during migration, “sseeet”; big area of research, Sarah 3.25.16

poets place black socks on signs to make ready for animals, spot two deer on the way out 8.9.16

See also Bats

Night, and I want to . . .

sleep in the Tropical House, Deepa

“experience silence and see what silence and darkness draw out,” Jake 4.10.16

absorb the sounds of nature while sleeping on banana leaves, Ala 3.14.16

“come here on a full moon and see what leaves shimmer the most,” Kathryn 4.10.16

record sounds and sleep under stars 4.10.16

trace the light trails of the insects 4.10.16

sleep in a warm cocoon, Lynn 3.14.16

have a tea party in the night garden, a singalong related to plants and landscape, walking with lanterns, telling fairy stories and family stories, Nuola 3.14.16

“go on a questless vision—scared but living in an eternity of dark dark green” 4.10.16

“to be only in my skin in the skin of the dark in the dwelling of the garden,” Rebekah 6.22.16

See also Zookeeper

Night bloomers

evening primrose, Beds 375, 376, 378

night gladiolus, Bed 132

four o’clocks, Bed 604

poets, especially twilight


          “I don’t want to live here. I’d rather live in my own garden,” John 1.29.16

no limericks—I mean they’re welcome, they just may not appear, Maria 1.26.16

no cleaning up the decomposing fungus that has taken a turn and become very fragrant but not in a good way, Gideon 6.24.16

newts are not reptiles

no money put into trees; bald cypress too closely planted, cover my eyes going past them, Chris 2.5.16

no names, no categories, no language = paradise

silkworms are entirely domesticated now

“fragrant herbs for opening orifices—not represented in this collection”

“wilderness—eeww. I’m urban. Yosemite? it’s a shopping mall with cliffs,” Shirley 1.29.16

“no nature means no humans,” M 4.10.16

“No Roots” on a plant label in cactus clinic means the plant will rot if watered, Basil 5.20.16

“no, they aren’t my babies; I love to create them and am excited to see them doing well, but at heart I’m really just an experimenter-scientist,” Kris 5.31.16

“no separation between figure and ground—we are each the ground to the other’s figure—between lichen and bark, between Dutchman’s pipevine and caterpillar,” Sue 5.25.16

no referring to that Penstemon hartwegii selection as Big Red, no making up names here

Noah’s Ark

model of representation without context

“save as much as we possibly can—the garden as Noah’s Ark,” Barb

save “nature species . . . but color and textures come next in line,” Erin 4.10.16


and being anti-this and -that; allowed to carry extreme feelings

“I think I should get on my horse. Bye!” Ramsay 3.25.16

9 a.m. and Anthony is “surveying the realm” 4.15.16

“I only grow the single-petaled roses, like Rosa Phyllis Bide,” Anthony 4.29.16

“I am appalled by the idea of humans choosing one species to save over another. Why not save it all?” Jaime 4.10.16

“Humboldt Lily—a maven of the Wild, Wild, Cannabis West,” Jane 5.25.16


knobby knuckles whence suckers sprout


razor-sharp fronds; Eric shows us the scrapes up and down his forearms, Bed 369


“a cage went in search of a bird,” Franz Kafka [103]

older name trumps newer one when two species are found to be the same

palm expert can change his mind from one visit to next

let “different groups of people change the names—artists, kids, indigenous people, shy people, dancers—have a workshop for that,” Nuola 3.14.16

“Phlomis” sounds like a comic buffoon, “Hechtia” a female villain; “Epilobium” a cross between classical music and human biology; “Cryptomeria” sinister, yet mysteriously benevolent

one forgives that the sign isn’t where it should be

See also Names; Nouns; Verbs


doubling as verbs: landscaping, birding, rose, plant, fan

as symbols, e.g., iris: on an AIDS quilt, for a man who grew irises, and his friend remembering the poem “The Blue-Flag in the Bog” by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Laura 3.18.16

a child’s first words are predominantly nouns [104]


          1 percent of seeds from a plant take

1 in 8 California native species shifted their range toward cooler terrain in last 100 years, Wolf et al. [105]

2 reasons posited for why Berkeley rattlers are more docile than Central Valley rattlers—Berkeley settled earlier and vicious rattlers eliminated, Berkeley climate a soothing influence 6.17.16

4 candidates for director, 2 fit

33 or more species of birds sighted in 2-hour garden walk, Sarah

          40 native species of Ceanothus

100 years old, or too young for the rose collection, though Graham Thomas has been snuck in

346 volunteers at UCBG

474 trees in the redwood grove, counted for director on his retirement 6.22.16

4,000 years, greatest reported age of a giant sequoia

$5,000, goal of the annual plant sale auction

14,245 people employed at UCB

          30,308 dead plants in the garden database; 21,983 living ones

$40,000 grant from Creative Work Fund

400K, total estimated number of known plants on planet

(“Of Being Numerous,” Oppen): leaves, blossoms, cells in bodies, microbes, grass, eggs of newts

so many plant tags here, how would you get a grip on them all? Patricia 2.19.16

See also Labels; Opening


Oak knoll


visited during my treatments, faded, makes me teary again

significance of acorn harvest for the Ohlones; they danced and men chanted the word for ‘acorn’ and then the word for ‘plenty,’ Malcolm Margolin [106]

under the oaks, Sue wonders if anyone eats acorns these days 6.22.16


from Japan, neater than CA oaks, Bed 230

one mature native fallen into the creek; sunshine now reaching fuchsia-flowered gooseberry and California buckeye in Bed 35, and spiny redberry, California nutmeg, and Hearst’s ceanothus in Bed 11, 3.18.16

Oh, spiders

          Old Farmer’s Almanac

225th anniversary edition

not found in the staff room

accessed online Sept. 7, found this prediction: “Trump Betrayed? Sept. 30 will go down as the day that ruins his presidency.”

LeftHandLady on Amazon gives book five stars: “I bought it to get the lunar cycle with the hopes my hair will grow faster”

weather as astrolog


See Big; Winners


learn to love them, and deciduous plants, “not everything looks good all the time,” Michael 5.25.16


and monstrose . . . no two recover from damage in the same way

See also Imagination


goes the visitor group in the Fern House as Corina turns back the leaf of Niphidium crassifolium to reveal a spore pattern as regular as a French parterre

let’s “take some of the edginess off of all these decisions we think we have to make—like, what is poetry for, or who's going to read it anyway . . . just have evidence that it exists and it's real, and applicable to life,” Myung Mi Kim [107]


          “(i do not know what it is about you that closes / and opens; only something in me understands / the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)” e.e. cummings [108]

“A sort of secret door-opening at those points where rough woodland met unkempt meadow,” Richard Hoggart [109]

Rafael unlocks about 500 doors on the Berkeley campus then drives up the hill and cleans the bathrooms beside our studio

“When your eyes are open, you see beauty in anything,” Agnes Martin

efforts to “daylight” parts of Strawberry creek in Berkeley

See also Fertility

Open studio

Fridays 11–2

fallen frond; “did the ants take it down?” child from the camp asks 8.5.16

three generations, all CAL educated, regale us with stories of eating camellia blossoms—one sibling though ate rocks, married a geologist—offer us chocolate bark 11.10.15

“a studio is a state of mind and not a physical location . . . What matters most to me is paying attention,” Ann Hamilton [110]

See also Attention; Big/omnipotent voice; Biotic Portal/“They want to . . .”; Hiding places/poets are up; Opens/Rafael unlocks; Questions/will the new director; Sounds/after rain; Swarming/ants in our; Teeth/squirrels

Opuntia robusta

cochineal insect harvested from plant and squished to make red dye for Skittles and Campari, See also Little goes a long way


Civitates Orbis Terrarum (first atlas); Meghan compares index to

this is a this, that is a that, nailed it; it’s what we do: name, learn, catalog, buy, Patricia 2.19.16

origin replaced by classification, Susan Stewart [111]

“Nature stands over humans. In our great aquarium, it seems indifferent; I do not believe in God, you see,” Jaime 4.10.16


          Chochenyo/Huchiun band of Ohlone people here first

“Every day I wake up and I’m blessed to be in my original hometown. The original place my ancestors have always been, in the village of Huichin [Berkeley],” Corrina Gould [112]

Ostrich trees


“I may accidentally spend a few $100s on plants” 4.29.16

snakes were found in the pipes pile 4.15.16

“he recently flowered, I enjoyed having him here; now I need to straighten him up and turn him” 5.31.16 See also Threatened

on the loudspeaker: “horticulturists please help herd the turkeys out of the garden,” Catherine 5.31.16

See also Crosswalk/talk


seeds that survive drying and/or freezing; for opposite See Recalcitrant


and Havahart traps; released outlaws beyond garden borders

“I want to be self-sufficient, but to get there in a selfless way,” Jonathan 5.31.16


bunny-ear prickly pear

cobra lily

hairy beardtongue

spotted deadnettle

stinking cedar

sweet flag

sweet wormwood


Paeonia suffruticosa

one flower left, Bed 450, 3.25.16

Palm Palm skirts

for roof rats, squirrels, paper wasps that make nests like pale blue and yellow waves

“let them have shag,” Shirley 1.29.16

See also Nests


relationship of pith to pithy in ancient Egypt


“just being,” Patricia 2.19.16

“The longing was part of it / because the truth was never part of it,” Inger Christensen [113]

“should not be sheltered,” Maartje 4.17.16

“A park where only beasts could stay, not men,” Hegel [114]

See also Fence around the garden/fails to keep out?


newts eating their own eggs

research into plants that are extinct in the wild, trying to successfully grow plants that don’t have a home anymore, Holly 3.24.16

green is the hardest dye color to make from plants, Deepa 3.25.16

pruning: cut back to promote growth

Aristolochia (aka birthwort) means “best birth” though it’s highly toxic to humans

“To calculate on the unforeseen is perhaps exactly the paradoxical operation that life most requires of us,” Rebecca Solnit [115]

See also Unknown

Parajubaea torallyi, mountain coconut

largest item in plant sale auction goes to Richard, who already has two of them; “I feel very good,” he says at the moment of winning it, “I’m not sure I’m comfortable admitting it—but yes, I’m at 10 on the scale of purchase pleasure right now” 4.29.16

See also Big; Collections; Plant sale


“One big language parasites another, and a coup de main takes over the channels built up over generations,” Nicholas Ostler [116]

See also Gifts, fair relations; Pathogens

Parking lot

confusion around the ticket machines

original site of UCBG on campus became a parking lot and remained so until 2007

quickly fills up during plant sales, weddings, concerts

See also Anxiety


a souvenir’s “function is to envelop the present within the past. Souvenirs are magical objects because of this transformation. . . . The place of origin must remain unavailable for desire to be generated. All souvenirs are souvenirs of nature, yet . . . [they] speak to the position of their owner in nature and not to themselves in nature,” Susan Stewart [117]

See also Cresting in cacti; Damask rose; Experience; Favorites; First memory of a garden; Gifts, fair relations; Lazarus plants; Teeth; Time; Views


Armillaria, on the oaks

canker fungi, on the rhodos

gophers, in the crops garden

Phytophthora, on the ericaceous plants

powdery mildew, on the vegetables

scale, on the corn

squirrels, in the crops garden

Verticillium, on the maples

See also Blackberries; Gifts, fair relations/separate the bays; Death


i.e., loving gorgeous barbed creatures in the Arid House that get under your skin, coined by Carol

Penstemon hartwegii Benth, Bed 375

loaded with flowers the shape and size of pen caps; affectionately called “big red” by garden staff 7.22.16

See also Hybrid vigor; Names/the name could change


poets approaching the gardeners pad and pen

          See Pathogens


“I’m just an observer,” John 1.29.16

poets as


as in expressing a variation according to place; the way goldfish are small in a small bowl, Holly 4.15.16

See also Pollinator perches


killing something that I wanted to cherish 4.10.16

snakes falling from trees, Rena 4.10.16

snakes in the grass 4.10.16

insects—but as a young child, before it set in, I used to scoop up nests of earwigs in my bare hands, Linda 4.10.16

ticks, anything that attaches itself to my body, leeches, my body as a feeding ground, Alex 4.10.16

“sequestration away from nonhuman nature. I am afraid of human nature,” Jo 4.17.16

“spiderwebs on the path against my cheek,” Kathryn 4.10.16

“I dream about tsunamis, drowning, knowing my activities caused the seas to rise quickly and violently, and then I wake up and remember this is true,” Erin 4.10.16

“vanishing into nature,” Ella 4.10.16

“walking in the woods, thinking of animal eyes registering me,” Matt 4.10.16

See also Fear; Penetrance

Photo op

common garters coiled on lily pads, Chris [118]


in courtship

in meetings


to the tune of Barney’s “Please and Thank You” song

Pipevine swallowtail

and look alikes; other swallowtails adapting to look like pipevine swallowtails to trick predators into thinking they’re toxic

 See also Lying; Metaphor


“can only ever be personal . . . will always connect to somewhere in our autobiographies,” Tacita Dean [119]

and location: a pallette of color that comes up out of the landscape; Wissahickon schist is the color of Philadelphia, Mimi 2.19.16

is exotic when elsewhere, other; go to Adam Chodzko’s “Better Scenery, 2000

“my generation have grown up in the industrial blight, and it’s not rustic woodside that we remember,” Smithson [120]

I fell asleep on a moss bed when I finally got to the island, poet

soft edges, senses open, lispy conversation between land and sea, Patricia 2.19.16

“marble floor is cooling the bottom of my feet as I walk, we all walk, toward the same direction, having the same destination, both in this life and the next. Some people are dressed in two pieces of white cloth and sandals revealing dry and cracked feet. Others are wearing traditional garments from their home countries. I am dressed in shirt and pants with no shoes on. I took them off to feel the marble,” Stephen 6.22.16

See also Borrowed views; Dominionistic/jar; Garden maps; Poetry/trust; Time

Plant consciousness

and sensitivity, Mimosa pudica (“the sensitive plant”) reacts to touch, overtouch it and it stops reacting

Plant names as titles for bodice rippers

Cupid’s Dart

Love Lies Bleeding

Love Nest Sundew


Pinus Rigida

Pinus Rudis, Endlicher’s Pine

Silver Heart Ginger

Teff Ethiopian Lovegrass

Plant people

“these are plant people so they’re reasonable,” Bryan 4.28.16

their humility reminds poet of translators


See Acer maximowiczii; Adiatum sorus; Aristolochia; Blackboys; Paeonia suffruticosa; Palm skirts; Parajubaea torallyi; Poison oak/drug addled; Poke in the eye; Pollinator perches; Queen of hopeful; Queen of the Andes; Queen palm; Pronouns/fluid; Talking to plants; Woolly curls; Zauschneria; Zombie palms; Zone pushers

Plant sales

“the restless are getting natives,” Michael 4.17.16

“what are you buying?” “something to kill,” Michael 4.28.16

“goal for everything—sell,” propagator 6.8.16

See also Auction, annual; Gift shop; Natives; Parking lot


          “in this garden, millions of moments of nature even if the whole is not totally ‘nature,’” Kay 3.14.16

“‘There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in,’ says Graham Greene [in The Power and the Glory], which we might amend to include many moments, many doors, and many versions of a future,” Grant Hildebrand [121]

along the path by the creek; it has many prepositions for us—over and back over the water, beside the aroids on the steep bank, under the redwood trees, into dark shelter, through raindrop-filled branches of viburnum, up to the sunlit Asia pool and its band of newts

See also Effusion; Experience; Flood; Numbers; Oak knoll; Viburnum foetidum


is the glue, Maria 1.26.16

potted plants in the Arid House are lyric poems

this index is epic

“Trust the place to form the voice,” Susan Howe [122]

the disorder/order relationship in nature and a poem, Ben 3.26.16 See also Strangler fig

index as renga (linked verse) with the header as the hokku (haiku)

its complexity is potential, needs reader to activate it

“What if there were worker brigades and we all decided on five different ways that we could bring poetry to some place, or to go into a situation and see what poetry is already there. Poetry is simply how you participate in language, and we all do that,” Myung Mi Kim [123]

opening for it here: scientific signs that admit not knowing

“The hatred of poetry is internal to the art . . . use the heat of that hatred to burn the actual off the virtual like fog,” Ben Lerner [124]

“What of a poet who does not know the proper names of native and non-native fauna and flora, who sees ‘a yellow flower by the creek’—not a Mimulus?” Harryette Mullen [125]

See also Ecopoetry; Famous couples; Profanation

Point of view

changed by witnessing nature here as a “very detailed, important echo system,” vowing in the future to “take care of even grass and small plants,” Ala 3.14.16

“Can we say: a mistake doesn’t only have a cause, it also has a ground? I.e., roughly: when someone makes a mistake, this can be fitted into what he knows aright,” Wittgenstein [126]

mistaking a hose for a snake 5.21.16

“What do you have to cling to as your body? This is all the more apparent when we look at it from the point of view of the elements; in the conjunction and dispersal of the elements, what elements can you definitely consider your own body?” Dogen [127]

See also Dispersal; Money/and the mercantilist; Narratives; New/not—it’s just a blue jay; Nobility; Overheard


and antidotes, horsetail to alleviate the burn of stinging nettles; serpent, also on staff of healing

“The gift turned inward, unable to be given, becomes a heavy burden, even sometimes a kind of poison,” Lewis Hyde [128]

word for poison in Danish is gift

See also Gifts, fair relations; Horsetails; Paradox; Snakes in the garden

Poison oak

drug-addled person ran with the lopped-off part of a hallucinogenic cactus through the poison oak and into arms of police

protecting Baker’s larkspur in the wild

oil on 200-year-old Native American baskets still causes rashes

Poke in the eye

“If you like the spikes without the pain—Beschorneria yuccoides, rather than agaves,” Anthony 4.29.16

to climb a hill that has no view

the towering dawn redwoods by the creek are younger than the poets

valuable research collection receives scant funding from university

See also Answers; Auction, annual; Xanthorrthea

Pollinator perches


          for hummingbirds on the Puya—it’s a high-elevation Puya, and hummingbirds are bigger at high elevations and maybe need to conserve energy and perch while feeding; coastal Puya doesn’t have perches 4.15.16


knowing when to act: death (Chinese fan palm), life (Cheiridopsis pillansii): watch it, Meghan 2.5.16

kneading dough (Bachelard’s “primary paste,” Serres’ metaphor for knowledge, time and history)

reader of poetry is given a stimulus rather than a product

See also Analysis; Doubling back and over; Money/somewhere, a woman

Precipitation poem









Missel (K’s favorite, meaning mist but still get wet)

Bionn eartaich









Volley,” Kimberlie 3.14.16

[rain image]


“only the tall plants should exist, with the exception of tiny plants” 3.14.16

“the yellow rubbery mushrooms that grow in the wet shade” 3.14.16

“I prefer not preferring,” Jo 4.17.16

“I have to admit I like plants that do something nice for me [and] . . . I like plants that are being their very own selves. I am practicing no preferences,” Sue 5.25.16

“invasive species should be lauded for their capacity to invade both artificial and natural surfaces,” Prima 3.14.16


for poetry walks: data cards, pens better than pencils, chocolate squares, legal size paper, clipboards, email list, business cards if we can locate them, find a place/plant (like turquoise-flowering Puya) that’s undeniably beautiful to stop and read notes on beauty (California wild rose is too subtle), poets

for repotting a thorny cactus: “how will I handle it, support it,” Basil 5.20.16

See also Oooh!/let’s “take some of the edginess off”; Paradox/“to calculate on the unforeseen”; Process; Walks


“A view may uplift, but it is also far away, from milk, for example. Being down in is being part of and not separate from, grounded in the hubbub. So, is view a privilege? Of course. A selective privilege,” Jane 5.25.16

volunteer badge gets us a free ride on the shuttle, poets

permission to stay after hours to make the night video 8.9.16

chance to ask our collaborators, the gardeners, and visitors so many questions, poets


“we always start with the most concrete demand,” Jean 2.19.16

where wild resides 1.26.15

“What is a frog before it is a frog? It looks like an orange-bellied knute, however it is spelled. It waits until we have all crossed the creek to find something on the water’s surface to eat. But I remember frogs from decades ago and wait,” Jane 5.25.16

See also Exerted flower parts, lot of; No/“no, they aren’t my babies”; Oaks/one mature native, fallen; Ostrich trees; Outlaw/“I want to be self-sufficient . . .”; Times, the; Transformation/“I have had my share . . .”


off the paths in the beds: squirrel chase, bird mobbing, toddler on the loose

name plants by personality, Bryan

“Once profaned, that which was unavailable and separate loses its aura and is returned to use,” Giorgio Agamben [129]

See also Zookeeper


“I’ll come back to do bird walks,” Chris, on hearing how much he will be missed 6.17.16

not to record what might hurt another, poets

not to take more than our share of the docents’ closet, poets

to describe our project in one sentence, poets

“I’m not going far,” Chris at his retirement party


fluid; “today it’s a he” [Magnolia dealbata], Kris 5.31.16


George Berkeley (pronounced “Barkley”), See also Questions

“Puya, like hula,” Anthony 4.29.16

song sparrow’s: one or two clear introductory phrases and then a jumbly warble, Sarah 2.19.15

See also Crosswalk/talk

Proto language

ah, OK, oooh, wow, yuck, ouch

words without syntax, “defective items”

“Fossils of one-word stage of language evolution—single word utterances that are for some reason not integrated into the larger combinatorial system,” Peter Macneilage [130]

“My habits range in age from a few days to several thousand years,” Bruno Latour [131]


cut back to increase growth and fruitfulness . . . prunes?

See also Editing; Paradox; Tradition/“admire and acquire”


P. adhaerens = dependent beauty, P. vago = free beauty, says Kant, and Derrida questions why this recourse to a dead language, unless “to maintain the norms in the state of utmost rigidity, to shelter them in a hermetic vault,” Derrida [132]

See also Alienation/until seeing something beautiful; Eye-to-eye

Purchase pleasure

bears no relation to weeding, watering, maintenance

degree of depends on whether purchase is a thing or an experience

momentary, at time of purchase, versus afterglow happiness

dreaming of: “a wine palm would be a big high; no one gets rid of one during their lifetime,” Richard 4.29.16

fear of plant dying tempers it, but “you have to kill a few to grow a few,” Brian 4.29.16

See also Auction/annual; Gift shop; Greed; Money; Parajubaea torallyi, mountain coconut; Value


“flowers are Startrek from 80s. Don’t put your hands in there—sheep have gotten caught and never gotten out,” Anthony 4.29.16

“fucking stunning. I want to bite its thick meaty beauty!” Jo 4.17.16



from Italian quarantina “forty days,” See also Fasting

Queen of hopeful

“this sick palm, about the same, though I could almost say it’s looking better; if it grows out of this phase—it’s lost its single growing point and is all twisted—it’s really going to be fantastic,” Meghan 2.6.16

I want to be an idle bench-sitter here, part of the scenery, to show people how to slow down, Elizabeth 3.18.16

Queen of the Andes

takes 80–100 years to bloom then dies, Bed 655

See also Death; Showstopper

Queen palm, Bed 250A

how much is it worth? “negative thousands”; requires too much water, sheaths fall down point first, fruit stains concrete black, realtor 1.29.16

“now I remember, every year we went to South Carolina, pine and palm meadows, the sound and shadows,” Shirley 1.29.16

ants nesting in seeds interest researchers, Neotrop Entomol

See also Open studio/fallen frond


          is it drought or the new normal?

how do we reconcile the fact that our lifestyle is not sustainable?

how to make smoke water, which should work better than ashes, to break the dormancy of baboon bulbs, Meghan, Mary, Pam 5.11.16

were we destined to hurl ourselves and the planet to doom? How small are our gestures—how far does their impact reach? Can we find peace with this death? Erin 4.10.16

are there rare plants that are not endangered?

why does the Julia Morgan building have high windows along one side, as if originally set into a bank? Steven 4.10.16

what is a garden without a propagation area? what is acting as a front for what? poet 5.31.16

"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Berkeley, [133] See also Pronunciation

“Does the way a poem is made have any relation to the way the world makes itself?”poet, at launch of Biotic Portal, quoting Andrew Joron [134]

why does the Julia Morgan building have a suburban garden around it instead of part of the Mexico section?

will the new director stop by the docent meeting, the propagators meeting, the poets studio?

“Why, I mean really, is one plant different from another?” 5.13.16

“what does the fungus say about the passing of the past generation of annuals?” Christine 4.17.16

“what does a dingo do?” poets 6.17.16

will conservation work help the environment? staff 6.17.16

“Please keep asking questions,” Chris [135]

what does the bee see?




          “gutters and drains, guys, come on,” Anthony, quoted by gardener 3.4.16

path-washing event

the elements, being cold and wet, scary, almost a phobia, visitor 4.17.16

See also Anxiety; Handwringing


a handful still kicking, See Endangered; Value

filmy ferns came all by themselves to the top of the waterfall, part of collection now, Corina

visitors telling us about plants they’ve noticed, poet

Superkabuto (name means marking on Samurai helmet) rarest plant at the auction, a “collector’s plant,” 4.28.16

See also Auction, annual

Ratios, percentages

50% mortality rate on rare plant purchases, “you have to kill a few to grow a few,” Brian 4.29.16

cut off half of each leaf of a cutting, to balance the loss of water to transpiration from too much leaf surface with the need for as much leaf surface as possible for photosynthesis, Pam, Mary 5.31.16

deficit was equal to half the budget for 13 years

1 gardener to 3 acres in Mexico/Central America; 1½ gardeners to 14 acres in California

Rattan (Calamus australis)

whence wicker furniture comes, Bed 1002 Green House 2


“In nature’s infinite book of secrecy/ A little I can read,” Shakespeare [136]

library, where we meet our collaborators, open to members

reading came first (tracks, weather, scat) then writing [137]


“the science of gardening and weeding is the study of reality and how it works,” Amanda Ackerman [138]

“movement . . . is,” not the thing that moves, Henri Bergson [139]

“We have never plunged into a homogenous and planetary flow arriving either from the future or from the depths of time. Modernism has never occurred,” Bruno Latour [140]

it’s not real if it isn’t paradoxical, poets

See also Change; Garden maps; Getting in on the game; Paradox; Times, the

Recalcitrant seeds


kicking out at the heels

“let my seeds go,” staff 3.4.16

“that’s sort of like your son,” one visitor to another 4.1.16

opposite is “orthodox,” reports Chris 5.13.16


redwood on the hill, away from the creek, how does it survive? Jason 1.26.16

giant sequoias planted in 1945

coastal redwoods planted in 1930s

dawn redwoods planted in 1980s

See also Big; Fear; Sleeping Beauty/metasequoia; Tallest; Winners


“When nature enters, religion has to leave,” Bruno Latour [141]

museums as temples: what is sacrificed? Giorgio Agamben [142]

See also Soul


"There cannot be sparse life on a planet. It would be as unstable as half of an animal," James Lovelock [143]

European nations stole stolen plants from one another

in pollen release from catkins of white mulberry, “the stamens act as catapults, releasing stored elastic energy [at] approximately 350 miles per hour, over half the speed of sound, making it the fastest known movement in the plant kingdom, Taylor, Card, House et al. [144]

“What is the felt experience of cognition at the moment one stands in the presence of a beautiful boy or flower or bird? It seems to incite, even to require, the act of replication,” Elaine Scarry [145]


salamanders from a home pool, five a day, chest pumping works on some, Pat 3.18.16

Magnolia dealbata in propagation area: volunteer took four cuttings and layered near a stem tip, “not an ideal place for layering, or an ideal time of year for layering”

See also Threatened; Wound tissue


birds’ reward, sweeter berries late winter, Dale 1.30.16

give plant plenty of time to declare itself dead (palm cut while Meghan was away: “It was time”) 2.6.15


“every time I come across a snake (usually a rattler), I split in the opposite direction” 4.10.16 See also Phobias

“paths to keep,” Michael 4.17.16

See also Excitable/whenever any nerve


and clones; clusters of poplar trees, See also Nodes

all ferns have them; tree ferns’ rhizomes grow straight up

of this project, tracked here 1.5.16

Rhododendron forsterianum

arching over path makes a portal, Bed 232

give goats milk and brandy for rhododendron poisoning

Rhododendron occidentale Myrt's Blush

a UC Botanical Garden selection; Myrt was well liked, people called her Pinky

Rhododendron protistum 𝗑 R. grande

nectar dump—shake flowers, drink, Jason 1.26.16


Rhododendron tsutsui

blood orange blossoms; visitors turn their backs to it looking at newts, Bed 229, 2.21.16


“I have the same right to write as a tree has to produce leaves,” Inger Christensen [146]

See also Missing, people


our idea of nature, “Mickey Mouse,” says Robert Smithson [147]

Roger Raiche

former garden director, named Ceanothus ‘Joan Mirov’ and Ceanothus thyrsiflorus ‘Kurt Zadnik’, after two friends of the garden

See also Famous couples


a certified rose expert visits Gideon; could go in multiple directions 6.25.16

I wrote a book about roses once, poet

See also Graham Thomas


animals, oblivious, See also Profanation

no growing plants from seed

wild collecting requires permits

Convention on Biodiversity—U.S. hasn’t signed it

See also Authority; Collections; Nomenclature/older name trumps




dried bodies of insects who’ve fed on opuntia cactus used to make crimson dye, Bed 154


walking by the pitcher plants, sad buzzing of wasps, flies, Catherine 5.31.16


and skulky—Bewick’s wren, long tail cocked up


signage, to remember how species were, Prima 3.14.16

“things that produce oxygen but not too much pollen,” art student 3.14.16

“places of refuge, of inhabitation (trees: oaks, buckeyes), Jo 4.17.16

“the oak trees,” Lynn 3.14.16

See also Overheard/“he recently flowered . . .”; Noah’s Ark; Rescue; Theft


“tall plants put me in my place,” Eric 3.4.16

“My bias is for tall plants. I want to feel small here. I want nature to overpower me,” Deshara 4.10.16

“I feel miniaturized, under the gaze of a giant microscope,” Ramsay 3.25.16

“tiny plants are more important; if there were only tall trees, we’d have nothing to look at!” Amanda 3.14.16

“tiny reminds us we are stewards,” Ramsay 4.10.16

“tiny plants compel you to stoop; tiny grasses (weeds!) sprout, flower and seed (and spread)—and tiny sempervirens . . . ,” Becky

See also Big; Humongous


a long leafless flower stalk coming directly from the root




See also Verb


and seeds; to scatter

a bunch of M&Ms in anus tossed away from rest of carcass, See Deer/kill, on the boundary


          originating in material world: tortoiseshell cracks, grass, bones, twigs

of worms on tree stump

“Could an arctic tern be considered a travel writer if her flight patterns are engaged as communicative material?” a rawlings [148]

“The signature of a palm is its striped light,” Elaine Scarry [149]


weddings, limited parking, roses signal

as basis for plant names, so they change all the time, Nuola 3.14.16

“The basis of art is change in the universe,” Basho [150]

See also Moon cycles; Mother plants; Museums/children’s—glad to have left them; Music/summer concerts; Strawberry Creek/“If she were to release everything in her . . .”; Transformations


“The animal has secrets which, unlike the secrets of caves, mountains, seas, are specifically addressed to man,” John Berger [151]

“Plants can’t tell me how they want their end of life to go,” Meghan 2.5.16

madder: roots contain alizarin, a rich red dye, Bed 425

See also Overheard; Money/somewhere, a woman; Paradise/“We prefer . . .”


methods of: color, red for birds and butterflies; scent, promise of nectar or dead meat; heat, constant temp some beetles like for mating; patterns, female bees, flying insects; deception, look like nectar-loaded flowers; landing strips of petals for lost insects; karate, anthers on a lily flip up and knock insect on back


bounty of one-time bloomers; Puya produced millions of seeds, 2015

sparrows jump around for them on floor of rose garden

“Nothing can evolve out of matter which is not therein already contained,” Sri Aurobindo [152]

cultural artifacts, easily stolen

if there were boxes (with paper) throughout the garden to accept reflections from visitors, they could become seeds for poems, ideas, actions 5.25.16

“When a Bird despairs the Gift of a Seed,” D. Leto 12.11.15

“lot of work to propagate from, seedlings very vulnerable, but the beautiful stem pattern differences among the Amorphophalis can only come from seeds,” Kris

See also Anemochore; Fashion/hand-tailored seed bags; Nasty/epilobium; Recalcitrant seeds; Theft/a place to


          no evidence of this in collection, poets

sunshine brings a burst of visitors, who say they long for rain, but when it starts to rain they disappear, kiosk staff 2.19.16

trees shading themselves out

See also Lying

Senior Prince

aka the former director

new common name for titan arum, Fern House

See also Garden director’s retirement


without local lore, lost with indigenous people of CA, Bed 245D

named after Sequoyah, son of a Tsalagi (Cherokee) chief’s daughter who invented the Cherokee alphabet, 1770–1843 [153]


and paradise, Mexico/Central America section: “when you say sex, sex is everything,” Shunryo Suzuki Roshi [154]

and beauty, desire to photograph (replicate) or purchase; big and rare

“As cool as the pale wet leaves of lily-of-the-valley / She lay beside me in the dawn,” Ezra Pound [155]

flies doing it on the bench 6.17.16

flowers and courtship

See also Garden/is a department store; Gift shop; Flowers

Shaggy-bark manzanita

            Spanish for “little apple,” Bed 216


wear a napkin on the head to hide from God feasting on the ortolan bunting that’s been drowned alive in cognac

See also Tradition/“admire and acquire”

Shamrock pea

creeping, faster than the system can catch up with it, away from its name toward Keep to the Path, Bed 216


          of leaves

on 2½ sides, is perfect for most of us

See also Fence around the garden; Privileges; Understanding


easy ones real quick, Saxon 1.22.16

into sun, Dave 3.22.15


the blooming of the Puya (Queen of the Andes) at 24 yrs old

See also Death


hill line, from Mining Circle: pull the cord to stop or annoy the driver


“The contemporary artist can be seen as a journalist (the word comes from journey) who reflects on the world and creates new markers and signs,” Francesco Bonami [156]


“Save it, the pure sound of nature,” Ala 3.14.16


“Beauty is that state in which the mind has abandoned the center of self in the passion of simplicity. Simplicity has no end,” Krishnamurti [157]

“Time is inconsequential; it ebbs and flows according to our ability to let go,” anon 5.25.16

“To turn, turn will be our delight, / Till by turning, turning we come 'round right” Joseph Brackett [158]

See also Beauty; Eternity


“We can get just about anything flying over,” Sarah 2.21.16

See also Acer maximowiczii; Airflow; Belonging; Favorites/piece of language; First memory of a garden; Floating; Views/“The leaves give me cover . . .”

Sleeping beauty

Metasequoia fossils, thought to be extinct for 65 million years, are properly reclassified in Japan and 3 years later a forester discovers a small stand of them in SW China

See also Stasis


native, prefer native plants, See Baker’s larkspur


personal catalog of: different species of ceanothus, some more powdery or sweet, and I’m asking what does this remind me of, Ann 4.10.16

of a single Sombreuil rose overwhelmed the house and had to be removed, poet 5.13.16

and rose breeding; gave up scent for form

of a propagation house, “green smell with a little bit of mold,” Kris 5.31.16

“the hybrid tea rose has a stronger scent than the tea rose,” Janis 6.17.16

“I love plants with fragrance, esp when you can smell them but don’t know where they are,” Michael 6.22.16

See also Taste of scents

Snakes in the garden

gopher snake lounging in the path in CA section, poet 6.17.16

Berkeley rattlesnakes are more docile than those in the Central Valley according to Paul

snake hides its head only, like a two-year old covering her face and thinking she’s hidden? poets 6.22.16

nine species found in the garden, no bites in the past 19 years

Willy leapt over the rattlesnake and trapped herself in the back of the greenhouse

See also Camouflage; Hunter/hunted; Overheard; Phobias; Photo op; Reverse


“What use is it to save your soul, if you forfeit the world? Do you by any chance have another earth to go to?” Latour [159]


          “‘surround-sound’ nature,” Barb 3.12.16

after rain, rushing water heard at the studio, oak knoll, main path near Africa Hill 3.16.16

“the breath of the hills, plants, earth, water, sun merge together/the resonant sounds,” Nuola 3.14.16

“The poem—a prolonged hesitation between sound and sense,” Paul Valery [160]

“Terms for small objects tend to have a vowel with a higher spectral center of gravity than terms for large objects”; compare the sound of baby and huge, Peter Macneilage [161]

“I would like to come to the garden at night, have a drink and record some ambient audio,” art student 3.14.16

“if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, what about if it is the last one?” Michael 6.22.16

“I’d like to crouch near the path . . . and listen close to the groans and grunts, and silk unfurling. I’d like to zip up into a treetop and do more listening to what might crawl along branches,” Rebekah 6.22.16

See also Autumnal recrudescence; Baby; Bouncing balls; Crosswalk/talk; Gifts, fair relations/of a brass twirly; Lying; Night/flight calls; Night, and I want to . . . ; Queen palm/now I remember; Questions/if a tree falls; Silence; Tails; Yes; Youth

Spanish moss

growing on the trumpet tree; in the bromeliad family, which includes pineapples, Bed 1002 Green House 2

See also Botanical confusion


and immortality: dried pressed substitutes living when necessary, See also herbarium sheets


detach easily in cacti (compare spineless to detached)

See also Thorns; Zombie palms

Spiral aloe

rotting in the rain 3.6.16


too much variation, they split, See also Lumpers

Spreads easily

seeds, bacteria, words like “good,” “bad,” “worst”


lichen branch, word coined in relationship, Eleni 11.2.15

Stacking and stashing

of deer parts, by mountain lions, in parking area used by staff, in redwood grove 6.17.16

nut husks under the jelly palm, in holes in trees

See also Deer/kill on the boundary


vs. dyes: stains produced by beets and cabbage sit on surface of fiber; dyes combine with fiber and when they fade, they remain true, Deepa 3.24.16


morphological; modern Metasequoia is identical with its late Cretaceous ancestors from 65 million years ago

nature as scenery, language as tool, poet 5.25.16

See also Victorian stasis


daughter of the forest, introduced herself

Friends of Five Creeks

rare in a botanical garden but evident in relation to all the native trees on site, especially the oak knoll, poets

grandmother did all the work in the garden, grandfather taught me to notice the differences in the leaves, Kris 5.31.16


of the sticky monkey flower’s leaves

St Johnswort, Bed 404

little holes of leaves thought to look like pores of skin, once used to heal skin ailments; used now to ease depression

See also Doctrine of signatures; Imagination; Sad


from Gr. stoma = mouth: pores of the leaf tips opening during rain, See also Mechanisms


UCBG ants unwittingly transported in backpack and released in San Francisco 3.15.16

rare filmy ferns presented themselves from out of nowhere at the top of the waterfall, part of collection now

See also Tradition/“admire and acquire”

Strangler fig

grows on host tree in dark forests where competition for light is intense; comparing poetry to nature, Ben 3.26.16

Strawberry Canyon

hyenas last howled here 2014 when funding stopped

See also Borrowed views; Deer/kill on the boundary; Lost and found; Nasty/poison                     oak, birds drop it; Night/roaming foxes; Original; Strawberry Creek; Swarming/ladybugs come down the canyon; Systems/newts come down hill; Time, here/you could hear the coyotes calling; Unknown/will UC bring in goats; Winter Creek; Undeveloped areas/e.g., the Snowberry Creek ravine

Strawberry Creek

along Hayward Fault

spine of investigation

local watershed

“if she were to release everything in her like a river—isn’t living the tension between container and force?” Barbara Tomash [162]

          enters bay behind Sea Breeze Market & Deli

See also Anxiety; Bad; Biotic Portal at Strawberry Creek; Creek collection plants; Death/fast; Gifts, fair relations/peril; Undeveloped areas; Washingtonia filifera


in coffee, cocoa, vanilla, annatto; kept off display

See also Hiding places; Little goes a long way; Poison


after days of heavy machinery noise, we inspect the stumps, poets 3.24.16

and fungus, growing on the ash tree stump


names for colors are subjective, Mimi 2.19.16

See also Point of view


we don’t say always; we say it all depends, Holly 3.25.16

two feathers distinguish the Rufous from the Allen’s hummingbird


“A work of art is successful when there is a hint of perfection present—at the slightest hint . . . the work is alive,” Agnes Martin [163]

to care for neglected plants in the propagation area until they are restored and can be sold in the shop, Kris 5.31.16

Armillaria mushrooms were everywhere near stumps, mostly free of it now, Eric 7.22.16

See also Winners


one or more for a choice, Jason

sending out, fractals of the whole; poplars, people

fallen oak, Eric is waiting to choose a leader, Bed 372

depending on, after the big tree felling: ginkgo won’t, loquat will

born every minute


can’t identify the flowers in the men’s room, Chris 3.4.16

and sadness: Chris’s retirement announced at the annual plant auction 4.29.16

“Oh look, it’s a mouse. Oh, it’s a mouse inside a snake’s belly,” Meghan 6.17.16

See also Bathrooms

Survival of the fittest

not dominion but an organism’s ability to adapt in a continually changing environment, Elizabeth Grosz [164]

population of Pterostyrax hispidus suckers, all chopped but one, Bed 235

“we take cuttings from plants about to die; these guys all thought they were tough at one time,” Basil in cacti clinic 5.20.16

Survival strategies

blending in

standing out

playing dead

metabolize more slowly, like cacti, and don’t give up your moisture

wear gloves for weeding, to stop hands swelling up

why things are so small: you need many to have a few, Patricia 2.19.16

“tiny alpines, in a truncated growing season—just a few months—in harsh conditions grow to full size, flower, and set seed before it snows again. So mighty!” Becky

wear googly eyes on back of hat to scare off predators, Gideon 5.13.16

Swainson’s thrush

          mistaken for a hermit thrush; “maybe if it were winter,” Chris 6.8.16

Swamp red currant

only the sound of water from across the main path, Bed 221, 7.22.16


ladybugs come down the canyon each year, winter in clumps, outer pine-oak woodland

ants in our studio running up the door jam; spider waiting at the top 7.22.16


which came first, the pipevine swallowtail or the pipevine?

Darwin’s orchid; Darwin predicted its pollinator co-evolved with this plant, 1002, Green House 2

See also Ant ferns; Answers/ants; Seduction


          “Our human bodies predispose us to recognize symmetrical patterns,” Anne Whiston Spirn [165]

“I got a text from one of my employees, ‘The Smiths’ tree does not look good.’ Two days later, Mrs. Smith wrote to say “Our tree got hit by a car,” landscaper 4.17.16

Eric Schulz and Eric Siegel: same tattoo (a tree), same raven painting at home, and a connection to the Devil’s Dictionary—Siegel recommended it immediately to poets, turns out Schulz’s political, sarcastic relative (Ambrose Bierce) wrote it 9.14.16

See also Composition/incomplete; Oooh!


over 240,000 plant names are as yet unresolved as “accepted name or synonym,” BGCI [166]


constrain choice, Meghan 2.6.16

make something out of duration

“humans can’t deal without categories,” Paul 8.21.15

makeshift, to keep our status quo

newts come down hill of own free will?

stories, incidents, unspoken feelings: wanted to become an index

See also Failure/of hierarchies, of didactic systems



air through a hummingbird’s makes a “chip” sound

of local wood rats are cute—that is, without scales

See also Sassy

Talking to plants

typed on lantana leaves: “wait for me and witness / you, who wants everything now . . . ,” Kai Lossgott [167]

See also Time/looking; Witness


world’s tallest tree: a coastal redwood at 379 feet [168]


color vs. native plants

“I hate grasses. When I was a master gardener in Florida, I took too many questions about zoysiagrass and bermudagrass,” Kris 5.31.16

in children (tasters) testing world with mouth

See also Candy; Jelly palm; Nobility/I only grow; Teeth; Wishes, to steal from garden

Taste of scents

black walnut = ice cream

melianthus = peanut butter

escallonia = maple syrup, curry


          human, first memory of a garden, eating camellia petals

human, eating calla lilies colored green with chalk, as peas

squirrels, eating calendula petals in crops garden, Jason

nature, "You never rest with nature, it's a hungry thing," Agnes Martin [169]

owls eat owls, Chris 3.18.16

squirrels, jelly palm fruit, by studio

wood rats, editing/girdling Orford cedars, Bed 312

“Landscapes could be classified in terms of how easily they can be nibbled, BITTEN,” Jean-Francois Lyotard [170]

See also Puya/“Fucking stunning. . .”; Toothwort


what “nature” means in this garden, Michael 6.22.16

of orchids


helmet-shaped rock garden plant, in a motorcycle helmet (nabbed)

newt eggs, home-hatched and released in fog/witch’s circle, visitor 12.11.15

of seeds and plants—precious cultural artifacts—by the Europeans

“snapping lock off and stealing it—off-the-chart pleasure” 4.28.16

“The quotations in my works are like robbers lying in ambush on the highway to attack the passerby with weapons drawn and rob him of his conviction,” Walter Benjamin [171]

“a place to come steal seeds,” Paul 9.8.16

See also Wishes, to steal from garden

Theme parks

See Garden/is a department store; Rinky-dink


          and repetition, old vs. new, in the side vs. in the finger

plant damaged when removed, thorny subjects

 See also Barbed; Spines; Zombie palms


          we are all eating each other, who said that? Jean

dead branches hanging directly over paths

take feelings home, feel them later, it’s safer, visitor 3.25.16

“timelessness, the present only” 4.10.16

exception: “Rosa Phyllis Bide is not a tree swallower,” Anthony 4.29.16

horticulture as a college program; people can get their own information now, Stew 4.29.16

Magnolia dealbata—a volunteer propagator (VP) took her chance to do some “manhandling—cut his wandering roots, straighten him up and turn him,” Kris 5.31.16


See Deer/kill on the boundary; Excitable; Gifts, fair relations/peril; New/propagated; Times, the/“Pokémon Go . . .”


a crumpled handkerchief, Michel Serres [172]

“as plenitude: heterogeneous, informal, and multi-faceted,” Adrian Heathfield [173]

“Looking at the plant releases my boundaries, so time is not needed for experience,” Mei-mei Berssenbrugge [174]

“slow process of conversation, can’t expedite it,” Deepa 6.16.17

and loss; happiness; See Purchase pleasure

“ten thousand years is manageable [to imagine]. You’ve got cave painting and CA flora starting about then,” Todd 7.20.16

“When you read / about Lizard you / may feel bliss. / That’s her deep / moment rubbing / off on you,” Sarah Rosenthal [175]

and waste, See Tradition

Time and space

“You can’t hold places and things still. What you can do is meet up with them, catch up with where another’s history has got to ‘now’,” Doreen Massey [176]

and meeting our selves from a year ago here in this index attempting connection with future reading others, poets

See also Upper hand/capitalism’s

Time, durational

“The return of the body and of prolonged time resists the dematerialized, agitated nature of the current era,” Nato Thompson [177]

See also Biotic Portal at Strawberry Creek

Time, here

minutes of meeting 2.6.16: We discussed the newts, distorted memories of their numbers from the time of the flood and scooping them out of the mud; the bays needing to be separated from the oaks, cos of SOD; the fantasy boardwalk out over an undeveloped area into the architecture of oaks; the first spotting this winter of an Allen’s hummingbird returning, etc.

“When is the best time to visit?” everyone asks the director after asking him which is his favorite plant

“remembering coming here [in 1997] and seeing Aloe polyphylla for the first time,” Michael 4.17.16

“spotted towhee in palm at 4 o’clock,” Chris 5.20.16

“visualize the future and the plants and myself and dream a nice dream,” Matt 4.10.16

expansive, grounded, present, extending indefinitely backwards and forwards, Jo 4.17.16

frame for change: sprouting, flowering, fading, reseeding, spreading 5.25.16

still, a kind of quiet and a form of growth, Jaime 4.10.16

still, but moving, everflowing, one, calm, live, steady, Deshara 4.10.16

cacti have a slower pace, are slower in everything they do; slow the caretaker down; “it’s very nice, the change in myself,” Basil 5.20.16

our time is “atonal to the perhaps more coordinated, in concert,” Chris 4.17.16

“gathering all the genomic data before plants disappear,” Chris 6.17.16

“you could hear the coyotes calling in mass in the canyon, maybe 50 of them, they must have been on a deer chase, a cacophony of excitement, then nothing,” Eric 7.22.16


“I’m unaware of time here and I like that,” anon 5.25.16

Time of terror


Baton Rouge; St. Paul; Dallas

Time, personal

“goodbye to youth and my tooth,” poet, quoting Gautam Tejas Ganeshan

Times, the

“We have never moved either forward or backward. We have always actively sorted out elements belonging to different times. We can still sort. It is this sorting that makes the times, not the times that make the sorting,” Bruno Latour [178]

“Pokémon Go tops Twitter’s daily users, sees more engagement than Facebook,” TechCrunch [179]


in the name means dye potential

Titan arums

known as corpse flowers on BBC

one accession, never bloomed yet, named for the retiring director: ‘Paul Licht Senior Prince’ 6.22.16

Toad lily

green thumb and index finger ready to snap, Bed 170B


          and body size

and postal rates

Fiskars Power-Stroke a fave: it’s light and has leverage


does not cure ailments of the teeth, but eat its leaves in salads; make a tasty condiment of its roots, Nursery


3 tbsp finely chopped toothwort root

2 tbsp sour cream

dash of pepper

pinch of cayenne


combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and serve with vegetables or crackers [180]

See also Doctrine of signatures, Food

Tour topics

“humility/enthusiasm” 4.10.16

hard labor and love 4.10.16

“meaning of ‘native’; questions, arguments, debates welcomed,” Tony 4.17.16 See also Native

“history of place as human habitat,” Tony 4.17.16 See also Home

“the energizing pause; effortless connection” 4.17.16

“lie down in the path, smell the plants, get very very close,” Jo 4.17.16

“you are the most important living thing around you; treat yourself well,” Michael 5.25.16


          landscape as scenery, See also Expansion

“admire and acquire”—break off a piece and take it home, but only among friends, absolutely none of that allowed here, Kris 5.31.16

“no upward mobility because no one leaves UCBG jobs—so thank you, Chris,” Holly 9.8.16

cheese sandwiches and chocolate on a bench every Friday, poets

CalDay at the garden, free

poems composed to express feelings at retirement parties, See Wishes, for future

See also Narcissus; Nation; Open studio/three generations; Sacrifice


most of the eggs gone 3.26.16

“I have had my share of long durational performances, and I know that when you are working this way, psychological and physical change takes place,” Marina Abramovic [181] See also Biotic Portal at Strawberry Creek

almost invisibly from fall to winter 12.1.15


 Michael wants to build a treehouse high up in the canopy of the tallest tree here 6.22.16

See also Birch; Buckeye; Charisma/if one tree; Links and leads/Learning the Trees; Maple; Privileges; Stumps; Views


See Excitable; Unknown



“rocks, birds, water flowing (though the course may be curated), the tops of the irrigation valves, and the benches and table,” Sue 5.25.16

“we visitors are uncollected, like the seeds that blow in from outside; or maybe the poets collected us,” Aife 5.25.16


“I’m lying on a plaid blanket—brown and red and green plaid—on my back in the prairie behind Grandma’s house. She’s sitting on the blanket reading aloud to me, Rumpty Dudget’s Tower. The tall turkey foot grass surrounds us. Our blanket a depression in it. Above me I watch the flickering of the silver cottonwood leaves in the breeze, and I hear katydids. It’s Grandma who told me the names of things, and why—the turkey foot grass like a turkey’s foot, the katydids singing katydiddiddid. She tells me to watch the leaves twinkling,” Sue 5.25.16

Undeveloped areas

e.g., the Snowberry Creek ravine, too steep to garden, place of peril

“slovenly wilderness,” Wallace Stevens, See Jar

See also Unknown/will UC bring in goats


lacking data: dying Pterocarya on the middle road will have to go, UC Bee [182]

See also Documented


discontinued 20 to 25 years ago


every culture has plants with indigo; word travels from Portuguese, via Latin, from Greek, meaning “Indian dye”

the joy of giving: propagator brings in for her friends potted-up divisions of walking iris from her garden

See also Addition/must we always; Danger for poets; Garden/is like a department store; Habits; Upper hand; Winners


“by whom? How can anyone know anything?” Paul 3.4.16

“money and weather,” Chris 8.21.15

“not knowing is most intimate,” Dogen

“The question is creative,” Mei-mei Berssenbrugge [183]

on arrival, what to think, because this isn’t Versailles, so what’s the story

“One can know everything about the tulip, exhaustively, except for what it is beautiful,” Derrida [184]

plant is dormant beside its name or a gardener has missed its death

“the poet might not know where we ‘all’ came from, the origin of life and the creation of the universe?” anon 5.13.16

treasure the unknown and not name all the flowers and plants, Maartje 4.17.16

“save the beauty of the unknown, save the wildness of this garden,” Maartje 4.17.16

what kind of poetry is this?

whether a botanical garden’s holding of rare plants constitutes meaningful conservation 6.17.16

what triggers redwood seeds to burst open and scatter?

where are the newts this year, Paul 1.15.16

how to propagate chestnut vine shoots: “we treated them like passionflower cuttings, which is what we usually propagate,” Pam, Mary 5.31.16

whether the new director will let us continue to design our sections, gardener 4.15.16

“humans living in built communities have constructed the category ‘nature’ to refer to what they do not totally possess or comprehend,” Prima 3.14.16

will UC bring goats in to clear the undeveloped acres, Eric 7.22.16

why ladybugs cluster in huge masses in the grasses in winter—body heat?


and so stepped on, low-lying daisies in the grass 2.26.16

where the labels end, oak knoll, place of dreaming

without a label, it’s basically dead, Eric 7.22.16


fossils of fish in the canopies of old-growth redwoods

soil in Mexico/Central America is former ocean bottom

See also Knit; Fault

Upper hand

who always gets it, the weed?

capitalism’s, the dynamic of increasing speed: “annihilation of space by time,” Karl Marx [185]

See also Names; Nobility; Penetrance


when raking, no leaning in year after year, one gardener to another



          botanical research: highest value to university, See also Poke in the eye

missed boat—cycads overlooked at the spring plant sale

queen palm, “negative thousands,” John 1.29.16 See also Palms

and remorse—every time I look at that plant, I remember the $45 I bid at the auction, trying to push up the price, Chris 4.29.16

          small, flat, plain plants are the ones people stand on

superunusuals are traded on eBay, Basil 4.28.16

we give it in two ways: “Deepening makes [matter] seem unfathomable, like a mystery. Elevation makes it appear to be an inexhaustible force, like a miracle,” Gaston Bachelard [186]

Stewart would trade “a shelf of books” for one poem 4.28.16 See also Economy

small potted aloe is worth about a cupcake, Michael 4.28.16

climate change, the price we are paying for being dominionistic, Erin 4.10.16

Matthew, Jason, and Gideon stop work to each hold a bantam found in the redwood grove, See also Feral/bantams


on the stalk, Arisaema cf. ringens, Bed 230, 7.22.16 See also Impermanence


where dead plant records are stored, See Dead


“I want to convert the carnivorous plants to vegans; just kidding!” Isabella 2.21.16

Venus fly traps

bestseller on the plant deck; propagated by tissue culture by volunteers, priced to be available to the community, especially kids, “who love them” 5.31.16


compare landscape (a static picture, scenery) to the word in Danish, which shows people shaping the land (land (people and place) + skabe, to shape), Anne Whiston Spirn [187]

See also Knit

Viburnum foetidum

          red berry dots hang with white raindrops against white sky, Saxon 1.22.16, Bed 170A

Victorian stasis

palm and cycad garden: neat, well-labeled, broad collection, unseasonal

See also Stasis


and “view-hogging monstrosities of houses that dominate the hillsides just because money can,” Cecelia 4.17.16 See also Dominion; Money

of San Francisco Bay framed by Mary Anne Friel’s installation at the water towers, or by the limbs of native oaks at Oak Knoll

as origin of pleasure, from index by Grant Hildebrand [188]: prospect, concept of, 22. See also prospect and refuge; prospect and refuge, 24-28; balance between, 46-47; exploration and, 52-53; gender differences and, 46-47; in nature, 21-23; peril and, 69, 71-72, 73-74, 79, 85-86; prospect to water and, 29-30

“The leaves give me cover but also allow me to gaze across rooftops, above backyard ball games from which I have been banished, and especially at my mother, directly below me, hanging clothes on the line . . . No one knows I am up in the air with birds and sky all around,” Jane 5.25.16

See also Benches; Point of view; Reality

Vitality of matter

“Why advocate for [it]? Because my hunch is that the image of dead or thoroughly instrumentalized matter feeds human hubris and our earth-destroying fantasies of conquest and consumption,” Jane Bennett [189]

“If it’s that vigorous, it’s probably a hybrid,” Eric 7.22.16


of the maple infested with fungal diseases above the Asia pond, “we are not in central China; [being here] wears a tree down” 6.17.16

with 1 individual left—need to get it propagated; 3 is perfect, then you have 2 if one dies, Eric 7.22.16

“I’m horrified if I lose a plant. I look over old lists of what died. I cannot let that happen again,” Eric 7.22.16



guided, for the purpose of spotting birds/metaphors/bugs/ferns contradictions/trees/time/butterflies/beauty/meetings

  poets invite participants’ resistance 5.25.16

War and peace

columbine, now associated with mass shooting at high school 4.20.99

“Aeschylus rising from the depths of humanity; urn-flowered alum root; stopping blood flowing in an injury,” Elizabeth Anne 5.25.16

attempted coup d’état in Turkey 7.15.16 to 7.16.16

Washingtonia filifera

native but not as happy near the creek as the Mexican Washingtonia robusta

supposed to do with them? get a lounge chair, lie in it and look up into them, Shirley 1.29.16

Water drive

what gets newts in the water, See also Lactation

everyone always ends up at the water

Water fountain

tribute gift; life/death; sipping water next to our studio, who is Jean C. Wilson?

See also Benches; Open studio; Roger Raiche

Water shaming

the only thing that works when cost isn’t an issue, visiting gardener 2.26.16

Weather station

readings every 30 seconds, could be every 5

tuned in: farmers and gardeners See also Old Farmer’s Almanac


“connections forming to perpetuate life, then snap,” student 3.14.16

hummingbird collecting webs for nest from the cactus 4.1.16

Wedding advice

they’ll only be looking at you and up into the trees—the redwood grove is very churchy—so you don’t need anything else, Jonathan 8.5.16


“I want to save the plants people think are weeds. Maybe just one blackberry,” Michael 6.22.16


See Arid House; Queen of hopeful; Talking to plants


we want to go there; source of Documents of Contemporary Art, poets 1.5.16

Wild areas of garden

          drawn to them, but not like wolves, poets

drawn to them, to be defamiliarized, Ramsay 3.25.16

“Weeds are wild but never grow in the wilderness,” Amanda Ackerman [190]

Wild collected

two-word poem describing the garden

with provenance makes it legit

= value, that pure plant DNA from the original site

Wild mock orange

dead leaves of oak caught in tinelike branches, Bed 18A


henryi, parkeri: -i, the genitive or possessive case, old-country colonial language, poet

versus responsibility in the present, poet


yellow pollen in search of receptive female cones; old conifer

 See also Anemochore; Music


          best of collection displayed up front

creek: banks too steep to garden, Ben

red-tailed hawks

“redwoods, the big things always win,” Walter de Maria [191]

See also Auction, annual; Parajubaea torallyi, mountain coconut; Wedding advice

Winter creek

across the road, supports a grove of weeds: flowering plums

Wishes, for the future

to Chris, on his retirement, from Anthony, a poem 9.8.16:

"From the gloom of origins

To the splendor of today

from silent Crane's flight

to starry, starry night

may you contemplate man

in his mercurial span

and smile"

Wishes, to see in garden

a new thing, something I’ve never seen before—like today, that new, pale green spring growth, like hands, on the conifer, Ramsay 3.25.16

after flooding garden with black light, what glows at night, Michelle 3.4.16

an elevated boardwalk among the trunks of mature native oaks

longer hours for working people 4.10.16

Wishes, to steal from garden

         passion fruit vine, Charlotte

Chinese herbal healing garden, Tom

flowers and herbs, Alexis

some mature palms and cycads, Anthony

the roses, Felix

railing on the bridge in the herb garden, Stepi 4.29.16


“‘knowing thyself’ as a product of the historical process to date, which has deposited in you an infinity of traces, without leaving an inventory . . . Therefore it is imperative at the outset to compile such an inventory,” Antonio Gramsci [192]

of flowers; reproductions of floral arrangements present at historic meetings between heads of countries and corporations [193]

See also I want to be a/witness

 Woolly curls

Trichostema lanatum, that’s it! an anxiety of not knowing its name since I saw it, rosemarylike on steroids, in a canyon outside L.A., Sabrina 1.30.16

Wood rats

sick one on path; “even sickly it looked beautiful. Fur like a chinchilla, bunny rabbit ears. I’d take it home as a pet,” Eric 7.22.16

See also Cedar; Inner sanctum; Tails; Teeth


          interrupt the wordlessness of gardens

“A word is elegy to what it signifies,” Robert Hass [194]

for plants, likely to change later, so why invest anything in them, Jason 1.22.16

a question is permission to think, reach, craft your own experience, be just as lame as you feel, Jean 2.19.16

“we’re sitting here without labels, none of our organs are labelled,” Patricia 2.19.16

“my relationship to the word is anything but scientific . . . the word endows material substance, by setting the thing named apart from all else. Horse, then, unhorses what is not horse,” C. D. Wright [195]


garden as a microcosm of the world; our studio at its navel?

upside down: I get the real-fast-draining, nutrient-poor soil [in the cloud forest], Australia and California plants would kill for that, Eric 7.22.16

Wound tissue

forever wearing it, smooth, often lighter in color

of a Magnolia dealbata, taking advantage of it, after a leaf was removed, to try layering the stem: wrap it in wet sphagnum moss, keep airtight, Kris 5.31.16

See also Nature/we are starved


Eryngium zabelii ‘Neptune’s Gold’, “somewhere between wrong and intriguing,” Anthony 4.29.16

to get used to hand-watering 16 hours week, 6 to 9 months a year, for years, until the irrigation system is upgraded

to want to nose around the Arid House work area rather than look at the cacti collection

genetic drift toward acclimatization, each generation of plant happier in its new country, and the nursery trade wanting a happy plant, wanting it happier and happier, Eric 7.22.16

Wrong ways

"Interaction of the unknown variables inside and outside the arbitrarily chosen limits of the system are probably going to generate misleading or outrightly wrong answers," R. Buckminster Fuller [196]



sphericity; everything is circling something, who knows for what; the eye is round also; I’m living it, Sabrina 1.30.16

See also Blackboys

Xerophytic ferns

playing dead during drought, outside the Arid House



“let my seeds go”

to a ride with Anthony in the golf cart

to more public transportation to the garden

on hearing first spring bird singing, “there’s sound in the world!” Sarah

woman placing flower posy in vase in men’s bathroom: “they like their flowers too”

“I’m showing wedding planners the redwood grove and they look up—I can tell right away they are going to contract with us,” Jonathan 8.5.16

See also Surprise


Yoshino cherry

tippy buds reflected in water, Bed 228, 2.21.16


first baby newt spotting 2.19.16

scatter; pushing the buttons at the blue-light emergency station gets the response “UCPD”

See also Time



“if it starts with a Z, maybe more people will swallow it,” Sue 5.25.16


sorry, Prof Johann Baptista Josef Zauschner; plant now placed within genus Epilobium, See also California fuchsia

Zombie palms

Chris has seen one in Miami and speculates on the name; due to its spines along the trunk? 6.17.16

Zone busters

successful zone pushers, microclimatizers; frontiers people, unafraid of failure, different from hospitality folk

Zone pushers

getting a zone 10a plant to survive in zone 10b; “no one told my palm that,” John 1.29.16


in Goodnight Gorilla, want to be that here, putting black felt hoods on the plant labels, covering up the words “Botanical Garden,” poet

Did it! 8.9.16

See also Profanation



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