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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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Great place for a stroll

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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PA, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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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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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Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This garden reminded me of the Castle gardens throughout England, Ireland and Scotland. So many varieties of plants, trees, and flowers, some looked so out of this world. Many had funny and or interesting names. the small trials were so fun to stroll around I could have spent hours just meandering up and down the easy to climb paths. The... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Recently revisited this beautiful garden. Right now the newts and salamanders have finished mating and they are swimming everywhere in the Japanese Garden. Plus the wildflowers are blooming in the California Area. So so lovely!

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Berkeley, California
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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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