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UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

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200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045
+1 510-643-2755
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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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200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of gardening ideas as well as peaceful places to sit and contemplate the beauty of nature. Easy walking and friendly staff.

Thank SilverStar-7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this place is awesome. definitely visit. there is a 5p.m. visit time if you only have 2 hrs available. so many plants to view; so many trees, too. amazing lay-out. fantastic variety to experience. great spot for walking in the hills above the city. just...More

Thank Tony V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you visit Berkeley this is one stop you should add to your list of "must see". However, to do the gardens justice you'll have to spend more than 4 hours touring its plantings. Each garden is fully mature and appears to have been there...More

Thank Rainbo1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to experience plants from different environments - spend part of a day here. The setting is great, in the hills above UC Berkeley. Access is a bit difficult if you don't have a car. But buses do stop there. Bring water, a...More

Thank kip W
Reviewed June 14, 2017 via mobile

If you want a peaceful detting and a variety of plants and a bit of exercise journey to this tranquil area with birds and streams. A 15 minute walk from downtown Berkeley

Thank Jeff P
Reviewed June 4, 2017

For stunning views and lots of different types of plants arranged by geographic region, do go the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley. The grounds are extensive, but beware that the parking lot (free) is small. There is an admission charge and a small, but nice,...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed June 2, 2017

Well, small trees. We were in the Bay area for our son’s graduation from Berkeley. There was a lot to see and do in very little time. If your significant other is a plant nut, plan on spending no less than half a day here...More

Thank johnfaludi
Reviewed May 25, 2017

The giant rhododendrons are resplendent this time of year, especially after our unprecedented rains.You can explore gardens of plants from Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America along with the Asian and native species of rhododendrons. Asian bamboos are abundant. There are also glass houses...More

Thank Robb1n419
Reviewed May 24, 2017

Great uphill hike from campus if that is your thing. Nice view back to SF. Lovely old rose garden. Lots of desert plants and many interesting herbs.

Thank luckylynn
Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

A stunning garden with wonderful collections of plants growing faithfully in their assigned regional zones ! Fascinating herb gardens with descriptive labels. Rose garden should not be missed. Spend hours here if you want to. Lots of quiet corners and park benches in shaded spots.

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Laila C
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Response from SanseiSenior | Reviewed this property |
I would allow at least 2 hours.
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Ann C
July 28, 2016|
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Response from FamilyTravellerMI | Reviewed this property |
I am a member of our local Botanical Gardens and was able to use that membership to enter for free.