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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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A Berkeley CA Highlight

The Botanical Garden in Berkeley is exceptional, not so much because it's a botanical garden, but because it's in Berkeley, one of the last places I'd expect to find it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The Botanical Garden in Berkeley is exceptional, not so much because it's a botanical garden, but because it's in Berkeley, one of the last places I'd expect to find it. Meandering paths through many special gardens and a hothouse, this is a wonderful way to spend morning or afternoon in this foodie town.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We just attended the 125th anniversary of the garden and had a great time. It was a pleasant, laid-back event with music and treats for all ages: gelato, cupcakes, and beer! It has been years since I last visited and I had forgotten how much I like this place. We strolled through the gardens. It's a great way to spend... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We arrived early when the gates opened and strolled the area for 2 hours. With a wealth of plants from around the world one could spend more time or bring watercolors and sketchpad. This time of year we saw so much in bloom. This should not be missed if you are in Berkeley. Bring a sack lunch, there is no... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Visiting CA from New England, I found this to be the perfect place to begin to learn about the plants that grow in California along with their environments. Walking trails throughout the site. Great visitors center.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful botanical garden with a little hidden water fall at the top in the back. Breathtaking views of the San Francisco bridge and surrounding Bay Area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I don't think I understood how hard the hike up to the garden would be, but I really enjoyed it once I got there. A really remarkable collection of succulents and other plants. Gorgeous trees.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is a great place to get away from the city and spend some quality time with plants. Love the Chinese medicinal garden.

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Berkeley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

For many years, I have visited the bot garden, and am never without many things to look at, regardless of the time of year. The orchid house never disappoints, (don't miss the carnivorous plants), the Chinese Herb Garden is a great learning area, the Tropical House is a blast (and warm), the New World Dessert is lovely when in bloom,... More 

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Orinda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

If you have never visited the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, you must drop everything and go today. This is an amazing garden in the hills of Berkeley just east of the UC Berkeley campus. There is a huge array of plant life with incredible views of the bay. There is a nice little conference room that works for meetings up... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Visiting Berkeley alone, I was under instruction to visit this garden by my wife (a professional garden designer) It covers a large area, so my 2 hour visit covered the California Garden alone. There is a lot to see and experience with informative displays along the way. Visited late in the day, so felt as if I was alone in... More 

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Address: Address: 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045
Phone Number: 510-643-2755
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley

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