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UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045
510-643-2755
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Ranked #1 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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Orinda, CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I am a gardening geek and so i immediately joined this upon arrival in California from Texas. They have plants from throughout the world arranged by region and type. The tours depend upon whom your guide is and your questions and the people in your group but the guides are informed and informative. They periodically have special "classes" on a... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

March is the time for magnolias. A great maps shows the 20 most endangered and rare magnolias spread in the garden. The $8 fee is not charge to residents or those who are members of conservatories in other states.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Up, up a hill above the Berkeley campus is the setting of the rambling and peaceful botanical gardens, much larger than I had imagined. Great for wandering or pondering life in one of the many well-situated benches, the gardens have well-labeled plant life and nice greenhouses. I loved the natural feeling throughout of a continual gardening work-in-progress. The staff and... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

There's a lot to see. The garden is very well maintained. I was hoping for more information on the actual trees and plants, but that is a minor thing. You can spend a lot of time there.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

I had a wonderful day at the Botanical Garden. It's a pretty big garden divided into different areas of the world. They have a very detailed map you grab when you get in if you want to walk yourself around rather than take a tour. I prefer walking around on my own so my friend and I explored by ourselves.... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

A definite must-see. Such a beautiful and special place to visit! The walk up the hill is steep -- take a bus from the Berkeley campus for a dollar.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

We were able to take advantage of a docent led tour, which added significantly to the enjoyment of the place. It's not large, but a perfect size to spend a couple of hours.

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Berkeley, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This lovely garden is actually one of the museums of the Univ of California, albeit an outdoor one. It is close to the campus, in Strawberry Canyon, but many locals don't even know it's there! It's a wonderful place to ramble and to learn about plants that thrive in our "Mediterranean" climate. As a research facility, it is not "groomed"... More

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a world class botanical garden with vegetation from throughout the world that is well displayed. Lovely spots to picnic if you bring a sandwich or whatever. Great little shop where you can pick up local plants.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The UC botanical garden is really a grouping of gardens that represent different ecosystems. You can wander around for quite a while enjoying the varied environments.

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