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UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
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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.
Reviewed April 18, 2014

I was enthralled! So much variety. I couldn't see it all. Not even close. Even though I live in LA, I'm seriously considering a membership there. It's a destination on its own, seriously. I especially love the orchids. Come when the roses are blooming! Cactus are awesome too. How about Chinese medicinal herbs? The only garden of its kind in the US, they say. I enjoyed the opportunity to learn about many of the plants in addition to admiring them. Family membership has reciprocal privileges at various museums, extra plus!

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

Great place to explore native plants of entire world !

Plant Collection : Highly diverse and in-depth
Area is divided into regions like Asia, Africa.

Parking :
Adjacent to park, Fees extra

Ambiance :
There is no such thing as 'follow this path and it will cover everything in the park'. Each area has multiple paths to enter and exit. So there's high chances that you might miss going to few paths (& subsequently plants in those paths)

Ticket :
10$ per person.

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Reviewed April 16, 2014

We needed an attraction for kids for three hours - this was great. Kids liked checking out plants - seeing those from their favorite countries. They have a nice little gift shop where we purchased a plant. The parking is reasonable but limited. The fee for the gardens is very affordable and worth it. It is on a hill with trails so takes some energy - good for kids to work off excess. Great views from the observatory up the hill.

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Reviewed March 25, 2014

I am a gardening geek and so i immediately joined this upon arrival in California from Texas. They have plants from throughout the world arranged by region and type. The tours depend upon whom your guide is and your questions and the people in your group but the guides are informed and informative. They periodically have special "classes" on a variety of botanical interests from succulents to whatever but book in advance and I think they fill quickly. Absolutely lovely day or half day of information and beauty. Bring along a picnic lunch to partake in one of the parks in the area. Or sit and watch the fog come in at the end of the day because the garden is located along some winding roads with views of the bay.
PARKING available by meter in a lot across the street. Watch your kids but I don't think kids will enjoy for long.

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Reviewed March 11, 2014

March is the time for magnolias. A great maps shows the 20 most endangered and rare magnolias spread in the garden. The $8 fee is not charge to residents or those who are members of conservatories in other states.

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