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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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   Past Strawberry Canyon is the 34-acre Botanical Garden, which...

   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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34 acres of wonder

the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden is a joy for those who love plants...multiple plants for all over the world grow in this climate and there is always something new to see whatever... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Berkeley, California
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Berkeley, California
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden is a joy for those who love plants...multiple plants for all over the world grow in this climate and there is always something new to see whatever the season. the experience is enhanced by glass houses for succulents and orchids and tropical plants. the plant sales twice a year are incredible...great buys of fine and... More 

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Danville, CA
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved walking around the different sections of the UC Botanical Garden. There are lots of sections representing plants of various regions. Things are pretty well labeled. I didn't have time to take a docent led tour but will do so in the future. There is ample parking across the street.

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California
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76 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visit the UC Botanical Garden at least twice a year. We prefer the spring, when it's a little cooler and things are blooming, but it is a lovely visit any time of the year. There is a wonderful cactus garden and some fine examples of California native plants. The gift shop carries interesting varieties of plants. We try to... More 

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Thank L M
Berkeley, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite places in Berkeley. Super well-maintained, beautiful, educational and usually very peaceful (unless an event is happening there). If I have guests coming in from out of town, it's one of my go-to spots, for nature and serenity. Great place to do good walking and exploring and slowing down.

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I went on a quiet weekday and it was wonderful to stroll the gardens. Even though it was Winter, there were still some plants in bloom and vegetables to admire. I bet kids would love all the paths up and down the hills. I can not wait to go back in the Spring.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Instead of driving, I walked up to the botanical gardens. It's a very pleasant walk - on the road though but in the middle of the woods and there is not much traffic. Squirrels are everywhere and makes the walk more fun. The garden itself is beautiful. I studied more in detail the cactus house and learned a lot! Very... More 

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Bartlett, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Took my daughter in her 20's to this. Expensive for the view of things but a niec place to walk amnd get light exercise. Does have a very good display of cactus and you are supporting a worthy educational endeavor

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Thank Jeffrey P
Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

While visiting San Francisco recently, and having reason to go to San Leandro for lunch, we wondered what else we might do in East Bay while we had a zip car for the day. Our daughter-in-law found this garden after doing some research on what to do in the area, and we were very impressed. This place is pretty huge,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

Came to see the corpse flower. Joined to enjoy even more. Lovely garden and a nice gift shop. Bought several plants to take home.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

What a beautiful garden! It was a wonderful experience to see together so much of the California vegetation. Really a must when one is visiting Berkeley.

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