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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 #2 of 40 Attractions in Berkeley
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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 December 19, 2014 NEW

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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rochester, ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Plan on spending more time here than you planned on because there is so much to see! Birds, flowers, plants, trees in every direction. There's a free map you can use but we strayed off on the numerous paths to see different things. We saw a couple of Stellar Jay birds & I've never seen them before. We didn't even... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The bay area hills provide a wonderful environment for this outstanding garden. Whether you're a botanist or just think "plants are pretty" you'll enjoy your visit to these gardens!

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is an amazing spot, from the medicae gardens, to the Japanese arch and newts in the lake. I am coninually awed by going there, and just realized I need to visit again. Don't forget to view the redwood grove by the parking lot, a hidden treasure!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A treasure trove of plants in beautiful growing areas representing different environments. I went up last month with a friend and spent 2 wonderful hours walking the paths. There is easy parking across the road. Gardeners and other staff are knowledgeable and friendly. Bought a membership as I want to return often. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Well-curated botanical park with a large collection of plants and trees from around the world. Arranged by region, with numerous specialty gardens - medicinal herbs, food crops, carnivorous plants, etc. Hilly and occasionally rough pathways - may be challenging for mobility-impaired visitors. From some of the upper trails you'll get excellent views across the Bay to San Francisco. Don't miss... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The UC Botanical Garden is on a hillside, past the football stadium and overlooking the lab buildings. There is a parking area, or shuttle service is available. The garden is divided into different growing areas, reflecting plants from various regions of the world. There is a looped pathway, as well as various pathways to wander. Try to enjoy a peaceful... More 

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