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UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

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 yesterday

I love the UC Botanical Garden. There is now a bus operated by the University that runs from downtown (in front of the B of A) directly to it. It is a huge garden; don't expect to see all of it in one visit. I...More

Thank cadenza47
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're into plants, this is a great place to observe plants from everywhere in the world. Although I'm not a cactus fan, the bizarre forms of the cactus plants were fascinating. There are sections with plants from all continents except Anarctica. You need to...More

Thank Maylou004
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have no time to travel, or money to pay for it, and you like plants from around the world. This is it.

Thank Joe S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This garden is great. You can gather much inspiration for your own garden by walking through the garden. well laid out and you can even buy plants too. Nursery and garden all in one.

Thank 745CatherineK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came on a hot day. There are many shady spots with a cool breeze. The plants are grouped by geographical origins by and large. The cactus greenhouses have impressive and interesting specimens. There is quite a bit of elevation so comfortable shoes are a...More

Thank p8patyger
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A Wonderful Botanic Garden located above the UC Berkeley campus. There is a redwood grove that is part of the garden, entrance across the street. You need a code (on your ticket) to enter.

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here during the day after we dropped our Freshman son to UC Berkeley orientation. Loved the cactus section and the smell of California Bay trees. My 6-year old was our group "professor" and enjoyed teaching us the different plant types and exploring the grounds....More

Thank BlessedTravels77
Reviewed 16 August 2017

As a UC Berkeley grad student, this is one of my favorite places to visit, and one of the first places I recommend to any visitors. This botanical garden has a lovely variety of plants from around the world, which are all well-kept. I've been...More

Thank Sara C
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

I had a few hours free on a recent trip to Berkeley and took myself to this well maintained, excellently signed and designed garden. When I purchased my ticket I picked up a self guided tour which took me about 1-1/2 hours to complete. It...More

Thank Marcia B
Reviewed 13 August 2017

I've been coming to the area for years and had never stopped here. Had some time to kill and they accepted my ROAM card. It is a pleasant place to walk around and spend a few hours

Thank eab405
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Laila C
17 February 2017|
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Response from SanseiSenior | Reviewed this property |
I would allow at least 2 hours.
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Ann C
28 July 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.