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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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More than just a garden

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Tabriz, Iran
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Huge collection of scare planets is a great legacy for future generation of USA. This is meaning of understanding science.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I love taking my family here to walks under the plants and trees. There are trails on both hills and flats. We like to bring a simple lunch to have to make the visit complete.

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

a varied yet relaxed experience thru a wide variety of plant types. Always find some plant in bloom mode!

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Berkeley
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The garden is a perfect place for a quiet relaxing walk. The grounds, plants and flowers are superb. There is ample parking and the walks are easy. Find a nice bench and breath in the beauty.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

The botanical garden gives so much. They are masters of cultivating and educating. The docents are so knowledgeable and thoughtful. Fun to follow them around the garden and hear the garden stories and get a better understanding of the plants. The garden is beautiful. Hanging out is a joy.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The Botanical Garden is very large and quite varied. They have sections from all around the planet. Don't miss the cactus garden. Climb the hills and find a bench with a view of San Francisco Bay.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Our visit to the botanical garden was relaxing and enjoyable. The gardens include many plants from all over the world. Visiting in Feb. From the east coast made this spot even motr enjoyable! We will go again on another trip to CA.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Established in 1890, the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley continues to be amazing today. It is in the Strawberry Canyon area of UC Berkeley and has 34 acres. It has a very varied plant collections. I have enjoyed visiting it on a number of occasions. The botanical garden works hard to also maintain rare and endangered plant species. There is... More 

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