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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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The whole garden is quite large and ranges from an indoor rain forest to a rose garden to many gardens with themes...such as Asian herbs or California native plants. There are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Kensington, California
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Kensington, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The whole garden is quite large and ranges from an indoor rain forest to a rose garden to many gardens with themes...such as Asian herbs or California native plants. There are fall and spring plant sales which enable local gardeners to find quality plants for their personal gardens. Also, one can hear speakers teaching crafts, giving garden how-to's and even... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very beautiful place and a great place to relax. A nice place for a leisurely walk. Wasn't very crowded when I went soon after they opened in the morning.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful botanical experience, containing al manner of flora beautifully placed in a restful and u=enjoyable garden experience. Amazing desert blooms that flower once every few years, beautiful flooring plants that survive on minimal water, great displays that give information on how to put a fantastic garden together on budget that is a great fit for water stressed areas. Take a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent venue for a treasure hunt and meeting space. There is also musical events every Thursday night in summer. I highly recommend for folks of all ages.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My first and only trip so far was great. I went on the first Wednesday of the month, which is free. The staff that I ran into was a friendly gentleman who gave me some background information on some of the latest blooming flowers. Very peaceful, safe, and well maintained spot. I felt like I could forget about civilization for... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A great place to take a walk through beautiful gardens. I always learn something new and see plants that inspire me-- either to sketch or to try to buy for my own garden. Their little shop has great gift items as well as specimen plants for sale.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I enjoyed my recent visit and plan to go back. Has plenty of shade for nice strolls through the plants and quite a variety of things to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The UC Botanical Gardens are really lovely. It's a peaceful and tranquil place with a number of specialty gardens including an Asian garden, historical rose garden, herb garden, a medicinal herb garden, and more. During the summer they host concerts in the redwoods on property. The small but well appointed gift shop is thoughtfully curated with educational materials, children's items,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Worth the detour in the hills above Berkeley. Especially at night with the sun setting, the views over both the mountains and San Francisco are just amazing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Clean, well-maintained garden with notable collections from CA's regions plus excellent collection from the world. A great example of water conservation for the landscape.

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