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UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045
510-643-2755
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Ranked #2 of 42 attractions in Berkeley
Type: Gardens
Activities: Walking
Owner description: Past Strawberry Canyon is the 34-acre Botanical Garden, which holds about 13,000 species of plants. The species are organized according to regions... more » Owner description: Past Strawberry Canyon is the 34-acre Botanical Garden, which holds about 13,000 species of plants. The species are organized according to regions of the world, and the garden has a great collection of native Californian plants. Bring a picnic basket and some money for the bookstore and admission (closed the first Tuesday of each month and free on the first Thursday of each month). Be sure to check out the conservatory (for tropical plants) and the Chinese medicinal herb garden.The garden is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day of the year except the first Tuesday of each month, Thanksgiving Day, December 24 and 25, December 31, January 1, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Tours are also available on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. « less
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This small botanical garden is a gem amid the unkept town of Berkeley! The grounds were clean, the plant variety large and well tended. We enjoyed our visit and welcomed the peace and serenity. My only complaint was the lack of a smack bar as we were hungry. Parking was also limited as the parking location small but it was... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit. These gardens are situated on a hilly site on the University of California grounds on 34 acres. The plantings are diverse, set out in regions from around the world as well as Californian species and include rare and endangered plants. For the enthusiast these gardens have a lot to offer in the way of diversity and... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Beautiful day trip in Berkeley. Loved it! Great views of Bay. Check out the hidden garden of Redwood trees. I don't like having to pay admission, but it was worth it for a lovely day in the East Bay hills!

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Tollhouse, Ca.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Take a docent lead tour for full appreciation of this wonderful property. Any season of the year has something to offer.

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

An outdoor gem in the middle of Berkeley. Definitely worth a visit. Also enjoyed an outdoor concert in a natural amphitheatre at the redwood forest across the street.

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Rye, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

very well done and an easy walk. The area is divided into geographical regions is ideal as a teaching tool.

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Grapeland, Texas, United States
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9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Wonderful excursion! Lots of different plants and nice walking trails. I enjoyed the crops of the world section and the old rose area. The carnivorous plant shed was of great interest to me. I loved that every plant item was labeled for identification. Well worth the 10 bucks to enter.

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San Francisco, California
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I have not visited the garden in years but lately I have visited it twice in four days. Why you may ask? To see how the Queen of the Andes is developing, of course. This very plant originated from a seed collected in Bolivia some 26 years ago. In the wild the plant only bloom every 80 to 100 years.... More

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I've taken my grandsons here and they had a good time. There is something for everyone, from cactus to carnivorous plants. It's a good hike to get around to see everything so put on your walking shoes.

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Berkeley, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Comprehensive collection. Too expensive, too little parking, too many "special events"(weddings, concerts, etc.) - every year they figure out a way to become more commercial. Sign of the times, I guess. I prefer Tilden's bot. garden

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