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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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Beautiful garden with a wide variety of flora! I really liked the tropical atrium. Great pace for a date or to bring the kids. The admins there are also very helpful and can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Berkeley, California
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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Beautiful garden with a wide variety of flora! I really liked the tropical atrium. Great pace for a date or to bring the kids. The admins there are also very helpful and can answer any of your questions. Plus a great view of the Bay and many hikes near by!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Quiet location uphill of Berkeley. Plants set out on hillside by continent - hence reference to Disneyland. Natural feel and quite a lot of appreciative small wildlife. Shop OK. Also a small exhibition building - last focus was on cereal foodstuffs. Ticket allows re-entry on day - just as well as no refreshments.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

So I took my mother to this UC Botanical Gardens for a surprise birthday for her. We are going back! Be sure to especially check out the Orchid/Carnivorous plants section & the gated on the other side Redwoods (I think they were Redwoods), it was unbelievable--and we didn't even see everything we were too pooped. It's an all day event... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I am a member of this garden and love to take walks through it on an early morning or shady afternoon. The shop offers rare plants for sale and the collections are amazing. I like that the plants are grouped by geographical location. My only negative comment is that the parking for handicapped visitors requires walking up stairs to pay... More 

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San Ramon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

My hubby and I came here last month and found that the UC Berkeley Botanical garden to be beautiful!! There is no way to see the entire botanical garden in one day... It is just too big to do so... Do plan on making two different trips to see the entire botanical garden. Lots of walking involved on steep slopes... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Unless you have interest in learning many varieties of plants, trees and flowers, this place can be boring for you, and not worth the $10 entrance fees.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Very nice close to Tilden Park. Parking available. Offers a nice tour. We had a beautiful picnic with a beautiful look to the Bay and the Golden Gate. Just make sure your you plan your tour, she the weather conditions are fine - I mean without fog!

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The garden office always points out special things on view - like the giant stinking plant last month. I go back again and again. My visit in July was just one of many. Then there's the delightful redwood grove with its little amphitheater where you can enjoy concerts every week during the summer. Bring a picnic basket dinner.

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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Big beautiful garden with flowers and trees from all over the world. We spent 2 hours there and still did not see all the garden.

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Beautiful garden with a diversity of plantscapes. Chinese medicinal garden is worth seeing. Great for picnics and general meandering. Parking can be challenging. Park above the garden and then walk down. Well worth a trip.

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