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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 11 August 2016

I have known about these gardens for years - I live nearby! - and was re-introduced to them (AND FINALLY JOINED!) when my sister passed away last November, and the family decided to have a springtime celebration of her life at the Julia Morgan building...More

Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Clearly the garden has been affected by the drought and so we were a bit let down. Even so, the small redwood section is worth a visit.

Thank David011158
Reviewed 30 July 2016

The day was so hot that I only lasted about 20 minutes. It's very hilly, too. I really didn't enjoy being there but might feel different if I went on a cool day.

Thank TirzahRuth
Reviewed 28 July 2016

The whole garden is quite large and ranges from an indoor rain forest to a rose garden to many gardens with themes...such as Asian herbs or California native plants. There are fall and spring plant sales which enable local gardeners to find quality plants for...More

Thank Jean G
Reviewed 28 July 2016

This is a very beautiful place and a great place to relax. A nice place for a leisurely walk. Wasn't very crowded when I went soon after they opened in the morning.

Thank Leah L
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Wonderful botanical experience, containing al manner of flora beautifully placed in a restful and u=enjoyable garden experience. Amazing desert blooms that flower once every few years, beautiful flooring plants that survive on minimal water, great displays that give information on how to put a fantastic...More

Thank Robert C
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

Thank traxentertainment
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
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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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Response from TirzahRuth | Reviewed this property |
I don't know.
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.