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Regional Parks Botanic Garden

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Address: Wildcat Canyon Rd, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, CA 94708
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I suspect that more visitors go to the UC Berkeley botanical garden than to this garden specializing in the plants of California. This one is a gem. I like strolling the paths to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Judith D
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Berkeley, California
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I suspect that more visitors go to the UC Berkeley botanical garden than to this garden specializing in the plants of California. This one is a gem. I like strolling the paths to look at all the native plants from different parts of the state. I also enjoy the garden for its diverse birdlife, whether warblers in spring or sparrows... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Go early in the morning before the sun gets too high in the sky. The garden opens at 8:30 or so. We went in late March, so there wasn't that much colour. Families with kids start to arrive after 11:00 but that's not a problem.

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Thank Paul H
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Both of the Botanical Gardens in Berkeley are excellent, the university one and this Regional Parks one. Very, very crowded and well used. Lots of great trails. Good for the entire family.

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Thank TravelPlenty5
central coast
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

This is one of my all time favorite places, and I feel bereft if I don't visit at least once a month. Please take into account that I am a CA Native Plant Nerd (TM) but it's really a magical place. If you like the old WPA-Style national parks architecture and trails, this is for you. Delightful trails and human... More 

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Thank chuttipen
Vacaville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Tilden is usually nice and cool on hot summer days. It's great for short hikes. I like to take friends, and hike and sit for conversation rather than sitting at Starbucks or my kitchen table all day. Lovely! I've gone here many times over the years and during different season.

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Thank Marilyn D
Berkeley, California
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Reviewed 21 June 2016

In the summer they have periodic evening concerts set in a beautiful outdoor redwood grove. A magical place to spend an evening. They also have periodic opportunities for plant advice from master gardeners. You can even bring in a leaf from a sick plant for a recommended treatment! And a great place to see plants of the world, grouped by... More 

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Thank Karen S
Lafayette, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016

I have been coming to the Tilden Park Botanical Garden for many years - entrance is free and I love exploring it with a camera or just relaxing and enjoying the sound of the creek trickling through the center of the park. There is always something interesting to see - from an abundance of flowers in spring to colorful lichens... More 

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Thank LightFighter
Berkeley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2016

Here is another delightful place on the face of the earth...filled with california natives and knowledgeable gardeners who will share tidbits about native plants and how to best grow them...the plant sales twice a year are awesome...a great place to take kids and a very nice set up. we go frequently to check out the blooming seasons of various plants... More 

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Thank janetperlman
Berkeley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015

The best time to see this delightful garden is after a few heavy rains when the water is flowing. It is amazing how the displays model various California climates and geographical areas. We like to go to their native plant sales. The docents are very informative and passionate about natives.

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Thank Jane19652014
Berkeley, California
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Reviewed 15 December 2015

The Botanic Garden, set on the slopes of the East Bay hills, is an enchanted garden, informative and lovely.

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