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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 43 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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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The UC Botanical Garden is on a hillside, past the football stadium and overlooking the lab buildings. There is a parking area, or shuttle service is available. The garden is divided into different growing areas, reflecting plants from various regions of the world. There is a looped pathway, as well as various pathways to wander. Try to enjoy a peaceful... More

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This botanical garden is tucked away up above UC Berkeley, just above the football stadium and the Strawberry Canyon swimming pool. There are a wide variety of plants from around the world, but one of the more amazing things is the views down the valley of the campus and San Francisco in the distance (if it isn't too foggy). It... More

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Botanical Garden has a wide variety of plants and flowers spaced out on the hillside near Tilden. On a clear day you have wonderful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. We took my friend who was visiting and it made for a wonderful visit. Be sure to catch the Redwood Forest across the road ~... More

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

Went with our two kids ages 8 & 5. Had go passes from our library for free visit, but prices very reasonable for the area even at full rate. Lovely from the minute we walked in the gate! The layout features a large paved loop with virtually endless side trails that branch into each continent/region/ecosystem. Over 10,000 species, you could... More

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I was in Berkeley for a half day in August 2014, and decided to quickly run up and check out the UC Botanical Gardens. It is absolutely beautiful, you can see the Bay from where it is located and there are so many plants to see and smell. My only regret was that I was slightly rushed and didn't get... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This place was beautiful and had all sorts of lovely smelling plants. Definitely recommend taking the $1 shuttle from campus instead of walking. We walked all the way up the hill in the heat and it was not the most fun...so don't be a hero and just take the shuttle.

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

A great place to walk and enjoy the plants. Also nice landscaping. Parking and convenient bus service. Good shop which also sells plants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

When I took a visitor from San Diego here three days ago, she raved about this botanical garden and said that she would need at least a week to see everything. As she pointed out, it is not only the variety of plants, but the terrain that makes this place special, located as it is against a hill. This makes... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A very nicely laid out garden with map to help in direction and labeled area for information of countries and area where these plants can be found. Also had a redwood area to visit with magnificent redwoods . Thoroughly enjoyed this exhibit and would recommend it as a site to visit .

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Visiting San Francisco to see my son. Drove to Berkeley just for the gardens. I can imagine it has a lot total to see but the paths are diverging and difficult to navigate with a purpose. Overall i was disappointed. Unless you just happen to be in the area I'd pass. Half the pay parking was reserved for weddings too... More

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