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UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Address: 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045
Phone Number: 510-643-2755
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Ranked #1 of 40 Attractions in Berkeley
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking
Owner description: Past Strawberry Canyon is the 34-acre Botanical Garden, which holds about 13,000 species of plants...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Established in 1890, the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley continues to be amazing today. It is in the Strawberry Canyon area of UC Berkeley and has 34 acres. It has a very varied plant collections. I have enjoyed visiting it on a number of occasions. The botanical garden works hard to also maintain rare and endangered plant species. There is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Want some nice down time? Come here and get lost for a couple hours. Beautiful and interesting garden.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Lovely and not crowded on a Saturday afternoon in January. The temperature was also very nice. You can actually get lost here. How often does that happen in the middle of a city in a forest?

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The Berkeley Botanical Gardens are some of the most magical places I've ever visited. I saw countless hummingbirds and lizards on top of the amazing displays of plants. I love the arrangement of the garden! They do a great job making you feel like you're doing a tour of the world

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The California Redwoods are breathtaking, but I didn't love the other exhibits. Since we were there for a class trip and other students gave presentations on each habitat I was able to appreciate it much more deeply. For example, most plants aren't able to survive on serpentine soil because of the high concentrations of magnesium and so on, so many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

it seems unlikely that every continent could be represented and that there would be actual plants growing but this climate is unusual. It is the most extensive collection I have ever seen. Thoroughly enjoyed the long and peaceful walks as well as bird watching.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

UC Berkeley is a beautiful campus a must see. You might want to bring an umbrella because it does rain an awful lot. The cam pop us itself is very friendly and welcoming. Do not forget to take pictures. Enjoy

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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I saw this garden in December. I'm sure in the late spring or fall, it would be even more spectacular. Divided by geographical areas, one can experience native plants of each area; some extremely old. Helpful staff can search details and answer puzzling questions. Note: if one has difficulty walking or has limited walking experience, one might think twice about... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Broken into different continents a wonderfully laid out nestled into the upper foothills of Berkeley above the campus. I will come back again. Save a few hours to really enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Great gardens up above the town and university campus. Wonderful paths--major ones paved, all easily walkable. High enough to have scenic views of the hilltops. I'm no botanist or garden, but it's one of the nicest parks or gardens I've been in. Weather was marvelous.

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