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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 2 days 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank cant83
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I recently spent several hours at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens and had a wonderful time. There are numerous paths throughout the park, which literally take you around the floral world. It is nice and quiet in the gardens -- far from...More

Thank irawine
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Love this place. Lovely gardens with an awesome redwood grove accrosss the street. A real Gem in Berkeley!

Thank LuvPegasi
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Uber there, it's uphill 1.7 mi. Behind berkeley campus. $10 to Get in, 52 acres arranged by continent. Staff is wonerfull, hiking trails well marked exibits, bring snacks/lunch, plenty of picnic areas and a stream

Thank Jake G
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Laila C
How long does it usually take to walk around the whole garden?
17 February 2017|
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Response from SanseiSenior | Reviewed this property |
I would allow at least 2 hours.
Aimee Y
is there a monthly free day?
1 October 2016|
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Response from TirzahRuth | Reviewed this property |
I don't know.
Ann C
What's the fee?
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.