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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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"carnivorous plants"
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"plant lover"
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"plant life"
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"redwood forest"
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"desert plants"
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"central america"
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"medicinal herbs"
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"wide variety of plants"
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"walking shoes"
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"across the street"
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"comfortable shoes"
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"love plants"
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"for sale"
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"native species"
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"amazing collection"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I particularly liked the setting (up in the hills) and the redwood grove. There is a fantastic selection of plants, trees, shrubs and I was fascinated by all the cacti.

Thank Justbackandlovedit
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a magical place. I went on a rainy day and didn't notice the rain. The tour guide was knowledgeable, providing all sorts of details about the geometrical shapes that we can find in plants (the tour was about that subject). The tour lasted...More

Thank Alicia A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great garden to wonder, explore, contemplate, and relax. There is also a little amphitheater among beautiful redwood trees, hosting music programs in the summer. Delightful.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoy visiting the UC Botanical Gardens at Berkeley to see the plants from various regions. I also enjoy very much the occasional sales they have of plants - sometimes exotics that you can obtain as house plants.

Thank gfsmoot
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been going to the UC Botanical Garden for over 40 years. Located above the main UC campus below Grizzly Peak the Garden is divided into sections showcasing plants and trees from various parts of the California and the world. Strawberry Creek runs through...More

Thank Garrett G
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

We went on on an interesting and informative tour of these lovely gardens. The guide told us many interesting facts we would have not known if we had walked on our own.

Thank Robin22228
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

A beautiful garden set in the hills above Berkeley and the university. Dating back almost 100 years this is a beautifully designed garden wandering up and down the hills. The collection is large, the folks are very friendly and it is a lovely place to...More

Thank DaleRachmeler
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

My wife and I have been coming to the gardens for years and love the incredible variety of plants from all over the world. Stunning in spring when many of the plants are in full bloom, the garden is attractive all year with numerous trails,...More

Thank LightFighter
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Reviewed 23 November 2017 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
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

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

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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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I would allow at least 2 hours.
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