Media Advisory: Botanical Garden to feature David Goines poster exhibit

WHAT: “The Art of David Lance Goines,” an exhibit of poster art by the renowned Bay Area artist whose signature work has become almost synonymous with such local institutions as Chez Panisse restaurant and Scharffen Berger Chocolate.

The exhibit at the UC Botanical Garden will feature 30 pieces of Goines’ art, and will unveil a poster commissioned specially for the garden’s 125th anniversary along with a set of progressive images required for its 14-step lithographic process. The poster features a black cat stepping out from a background of lush foliage and trees. It will be on sale along with other Goines work signed by the artist.

UC Botanical Garden director Paul Licht calls Goines’ garden poster, inspired by French artist Henri Rousseau’s depictions of wild and tamed gardens, “one of Goines’ best” posters to date.

WHERE: The UC Botanical Garden’s Julia Morgan Hall at 200 Centennial Dr. Directions are online.

WHEN: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, March 26 through Thursday, April 7.

Note that the exhibit is closed due to previously scheduled special events on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2. The entire garden is closed on Tuesday, April 5, for regular maintenance.


A special reception at the garden celebrating Goines’ life and work will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, at Julia Morgan Hall. Registration for the program is already at capacity.

Goines will discuss his artistic process, inspiration and life during a talk from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, March 31, at Julia Morgan Hall. There will be a $10 charge for garden members and $15 for non-members. To attend, register online, call (510) 664-9841, or email

Goines also has exhibited his artwork around the world, with shows in venues from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and the Umeda Seibu Loft Styling Gallery in Hyogo, Japan.

UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library has some of Goines’ work in its archives, including the Harry Dov Weininger Collection of Goines posters and memorabilia and the Chez Panisse Pictorial Collection, both of which are open for research.

The UC Botanical Garden is a nonprofit research garden in Strawberry Canyon that is open to the public year-round. It boasts more than 11,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes over 34 acres.