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“A local treasure” 5 of 5 stars
Review of UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045
510-643-2755
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Ranked #2 of 42 Attractions in Berkeley
Type: Gardens
Activities: Walking
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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.
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“A local treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

This relatively compact garden in the hills above the university is a delight. Trails lead through areas including California natives, a redwood forest, and a collection of Mediterranean natives. Walking these trails is a treat, especially for northern California gardeners. A glass house maintains tropical plants in a controlled environment. In a growing shed, one can observe carnivorous plants. In a meeting house, classes and sick plant clinics are held. Public events at the garden include a summer series of music in the redwoods, as well as seasonal plant sales. A shop sells plants and books. When possible, a visitor will decide to follow up more than once.

Visited November 2012
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“Tropicals to high desert plants of all types.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Easy to get around and lots of well informed docents too. We saw some plants that only flower every 25-50 years. They had some amazing plants
from the rain forests as well as rare plants from western Africa. The setting
is very casual and feels like you are truly in some ones private garden.
A great way to pass an afternoon even if you just want to take a pleasant
walk. Enjoy!

Visited July 2012
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“marvelous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

An underused GEM: must be seen to be LOVED... Fantastic array of plants, wonderful view, lovely experience...

Visited October 2012
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“if you like plants......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

What a nice place for a good walk and beautiful surrounding.
open all year. I think you can bring lunch and have a picnic but check first.. cute store on property too.

Visited December 2012
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“Great botanical gardens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

These gardens are excellent with many varieties of plants. The best time to go is in the spring and summer when most pants are in bloom. They sell plants here too.

Visited May 2012
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