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UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

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Address: 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045
Phone Number: 510-643-2755
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Activities: Walking
Description: Past Strawberry Canyon is the 34-acre Botanical Garden, which holds about...
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.
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I've been visiting the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden since I was just a sprout. ;-) I LOVE taking my kids here now. We've done a few of the kid-centric tours, and they've all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
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Berkeley, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I've been visiting the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden since I was just a sprout. ;-) I LOVE taking my kids here now. We've done a few of the kid-centric tours, and they've all been great. And their plant sale is great for finding some neat succulents or other interesting flora. Great for letting kids run, a brisk morning hike, newt... More 

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Aspen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Great place to spend a couple hours on a beautiful spring day - in February! I had time to spend before meeting my son for dinner, this was perfect. The trails and vegetation were well maintained, easy to get around, friendly staff. It's up in the hills, so very quiet and peaceful for being so close to the campus and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

There is an amazing collection of plants at this botanical garden; herbs, orchids, sunflowers, ferns, cactus and more arranged by world location/climate zone. This spot is perfect if you have a couple of hours to just wander. The UC Botanical is more than just a wonderful garden to stroll through. Check out their calender before visiting and you might be... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I love looking at the gardens here. They are nice to walk around and enjoy a cup of coffee or to just get lost in your own thoughts.

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Tabriz, Iran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Huge collection of scare planets is a great legacy for future generation of USA. This is meaning of understanding science.

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Oakland, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I love taking my family here to walks under the plants and trees. There are trails on both hills and flats. We like to bring a simple lunch to have to make the visit complete.

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

a varied yet relaxed experience thru a wide variety of plant types. Always find some plant in bloom mode!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The garden is a perfect place for a quiet relaxing walk. The grounds, plants and flowers are superb. There is ample parking and the walks are easy. Find a nice bench and breath in the beauty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

The botanical garden gives so much. They are masters of cultivating and educating. The docents are so knowledgeable and thoughtful. Fun to follow them around the garden and hear the garden stories and get a better understanding of the plants. The garden is beautiful. Hanging out is a joy.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The Botanical Garden is very large and quite varied. They have sections from all around the planet. Don't miss the cactus garden. Climb the hills and find a bench with a view of San Francisco Bay.

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