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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 26 July 2016 via mobile

Excellent venue for a treasure hunt and meeting space. There is also musical events every Thursday night in summer. I highly recommend for folks of all ages.

Thank Stacktracy
Reviewed 26 July 2016

My first and only trip so far was great. I went on the first Wednesday of the month, which is free. The staff that I ran into was a friendly gentleman who gave me some background information on some of the latest blooming flowers. Very...More

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

A great place to take a walk through beautiful gardens. I always learn something new and see plants that inspire me-- either to sketch or to try to buy for my own garden. Their little shop has great gift items as well as specimen plants...More

Thank Cathleen S
Reviewed 26 July 2016

I enjoyed my recent visit and plan to go back. Has plenty of shade for nice strolls through the plants and quite a variety of things to see.

Thank S_Todd_R
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

The UC Botanical Gardens are really lovely. It's a peaceful and tranquil place with a number of specialty gardens including an Asian garden, historical rose garden, herb garden, a medicinal herb garden, and more. During the summer they host concerts in the redwoods on property....More

Thank FamilyTravellerMI
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Worth the detour in the hills above Berkeley. Especially at night with the sun setting, the views over both the mountains and San Francisco are just amazing

Thank Eva B
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Clean, well-maintained garden with notable collections from CA's regions plus excellent collection from the world. A great example of water conservation for the landscape.

Thank Hugh G
Reviewed 16 July 2016

I went to my daughter's invitation. It was a cocktail in the middle of redwood pines. The whole elite was gathered. , a reduced circle of plant lovers and music lovers . the sun was setting into the mountains, the light was trespassing these row...More

Thank tichita_23
Reviewed 14 July 2016

A gem in the miffle of the city. there's more to this area than meets the eye! Lots of trails and hikes to enjoy with family and friends. A perfect Sunday afternoon hike.

Thank Libi K
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

I love plants and was mesmerized by the zen like feel of these gardens! The varieties of plants from everywhere enchant and invite you in to each special area. I wanted to buy some plants at their plant sale but can't fly home with them....More

Thank Litebeam58
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Laila C
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Response from SanseiSenior | Reviewed this property |
I would allow at least 2 hours.
Aimee Y
1 October 2016|
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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.