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UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045
510-643-2755
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Ranked #3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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Menifee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We planned our visit to Berkeley so we could take advantage of 'free first Thursday' when admission is free. Well, they just happened to change it to 'free first Wednesday' just the day before, so we ended up paying full price. The garden itself is well laid out and there is a handy map so you can plan your walk... More

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Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Liked all of it, but excited that we got to see the rare bloom of the puya raimondi plant. A wedding was going on in the Redwoods amphitheater while we were there, a truly beautiful setting.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Delightful walk from the Berkeley campus to the gardens. Uphill but not too far. Only problem was having to leave the path at the side of the road and walk on the street in several areas. Gardens were wonderful, especially enjoyed the different regions. Since I lie in New York I was most interested in learning about the California species.

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We have visited the Botanical garden in February, July, August, and November, and it is always a quiet and beautiful retreat from the urban bustle. I particularly like the art installations above the rose garden, and the view of the Bay area that an iPhone can never capture. The gift shop has nice jewelry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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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