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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
+1 510-643-2755
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Packed in a relatively small area are very special botanical exhibits from around the world. While a general tour of the gardens along the main path is a good way to get oriented to the overall collection, one can easily spend several hours exploring a...More

Thank Frank E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a grand open space with sweeping bay views! This research garden has a myriad of paths that takes you on a trip through different types of landscapes. There's also several greenhouses with special plants, such as orchids and succulents/cacti. At the small shop near...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Don’t miss the old redwood grove across the road from the main garden. Sitting in the amphitheater amidst the tall trees is a beautiful and restful experience. In the main garden the old roses area has a stunning view across the bay to the Golden...More

Thank corbu2016
Reviewed 10 November 2017

I love this botanical garden for what it is, and happily paid for a yearly membership after my first visit. The grounds are well kept and events readily shared. There are times when hiking is a hassle or I just want to be outside in...More

Thank jackie s
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Easy to get to from campus by shuttle bus, $1 for non students from the engineering loop, this garden demonstrate how California can grow almost any climate with enough water. Separated into the regions of the world, samples of a wide variety plants are cultivated...More

Thank tremm298
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Great collections of native plants from several continents and a large amount of native California flora. They also sell excessive plantings they have so you can build up native plants in your own garden.. Limited parking, way up on a hill past many UC Berkeley...More

Thank tiredandtravelled
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This is a hidden treasure for the gardener and plant enthusiast. From succulents, cactus, and many very exotic species...you will get your cardio in and see a fabulous array of every kind of plant imaginable. Well worth your time and trek up the Berkeley hills.

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Every time we are in Berkeley, we have to visit Botanical Garden. We always spend 3-4 hours there to enjoy every inch of the Garden. This time I even bought a pot of plant and hope it is ok to take it in the flight.

Thank Summer620
Reviewed 11 October 2017

I was surprised by the variety of plants. The docents are so good at helping you learn about indigenous plants. Be prepared for walking up and down hills so wear sturdy, comfortable shoes and apply lots of sunscreen. There are some accessible areas but if...More

Thank SusanElSobrante
Reviewed 2 October 2017

The garden holds some of the most interesting collections of native and far away plants in the area. I get lost sometimes though and cannot find all the labels I would like to see to identify these natural wonders. I have also attended several classes,...More

Thank Sophie L
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Response from manders2016 | Reviewed this property |
We were there in early August. It was the between -season....between flowering peak and fall colors. But it was still worthwhile to seel.
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17 February 2017|
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Response from SanseiSenior | Reviewed this property |
I would allow at least 2 hours.
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