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Address: 70 Rincon, Berkeley, CA
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Italian-style garden located in front of the Blake House on the University...

Italian-style garden located in front of the Blake House on the University of California campus.

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Fabulous garden with a spectacular view of the bay

Blake Garden is situated on 12 acres on the Berkeley hills. It is laid out with a formal central area which forms an axis through the house which appears to no longer be used. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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122 reviews
46 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Blake Garden is situated on 12 acres on the Berkeley hills. It is laid out with a formal central area which forms an axis through the house which appears to no longer be used. The gardern becomes enclosed in treed edges on either side and has a diverse range of plants and features with some spots affording an excellent view... More 

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San Jose, California
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

its private Family owned yet neighbors are welcome to visit and enjoy the garden and park facility. Rather you lived in Berkeley, El Cerrito and/or Kensington this is the place that you must see and visit. as a kid, i loved visiting this garden with my family and friends. we tend to make it an weekly thing even visit Little... More 

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

We enjoyed walking around the grounds to see what they are working on. There are plenty of benches, so we bring our lunch along, too.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Free with ample parking. You can escape the frantic East Bay here. Wonderful "kitchen garden" often satisfies my needs, but there are also extensive grounds to explore. NEVER CROWDED.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Get off the beaten path and enjoy this relaxing garden- which was free last time I was there. It is the "lab" for UC students.

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Berkeley, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

It's a little out of the way, but a nice outing if you like gardens. Nothing really fancy, but extensive grounds with some water features.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I used to go to Blake Gardens quite a bit when my kids were young. It's a lovely place to explore with varied garden spaces, some more curated than others. The grounds are stunning. I still make it there each season just to check out what's growing. It is a hidden jewel (only open during the week.)

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san francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Shhh... don't tell anyone. I love to walk around here, and see what is blooming. Truly beautiful to me. I wish they could restore the house, but it's too expensive. Still it's fun to imagine what it must have been like. I very impressed with landscape artists.

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Albany, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Blake Garden may be in Kensington, but the entire East Bay may claim it, if they knew it was there. Hidden away, stewarded by UC Berkeley, this site is serene and historic, filled with flowering plants, a stand of redwoods, trails that weave among local green travertine rock outcrops, along with the palatial estate house and reflecting pool. So many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

A beautiful, locals only, hidden gem of a garden with views of the bay. Tall redwoods, Koi ponds, reflecting pools, statues, flowers and unique plants everywhere. An amazing place to commune with nature, meditate, or just lounge and read a book. Quiet and serene, I am so glad my local friends turned me on to this place! And it's free!

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