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Blake Garden

70 Rincon, Berkeley, CA
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Ranked #16 of 43 Attractions in Berkeley
Type: Gardens
Activities: Walking
Description: Italian-style garden located in front of the Blake House on the University of California campus.
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English first
Berkeley, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
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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
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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