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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 17 May 2017

tough bike ride up, but $10 bucks gets you 52 acres of wonderful trails picnic areas and oh yea, plants! arranged by continent, and tended by agronomy students u c berkeley.

Thank 192ralphg
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

It is larger then it appears with many mini environments dedicated to specialty plants. Also green houses. A must for the horticulturalist and the novice plant lover Plants for sale

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 8 May 2017

For those who live in California, the visit to that special collection will be well worthwhile. It is close to the entrance and offers the opportunity to consider many, many native plants for your own garden.

Thank Pfitzgerald1946
Reviewed 6 May 2017

World class places like this are one of the things that makes the Bay Area so great. This is, as I understand it, a research facility that is also open to the public. It is well worth the small price of parking and admission. While...More

Thank Robyn P
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Visiting a beautiful garden anywhere is one of life's great pleasures. Berkeley's botanical gardens are no exception. Walking through the "zones", plants are clearly labeled, there are many places to sit, rest or just enjoy the colors and beautiful plants. Be sure to walk up...More

Thank Cynthia N
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Great way to spend an afternoon. Great collection of plants and the garden is a wonderful place to walk.

Thank Suzanne B
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Really? If you don't like wondering around "nature" than you know what your going to like about this place (the answer: very little), which means if you get excited about going to a "garden" or a hike through the forest/woods, then definitely a place to...More

Thank BarryandJackie
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This garden is a wonderful place. It is quiet, beautiful, peaceful and inspiring. You can sit and enjoy the birds, have an enjoyable lunch and while away the hours in natural beauty. Anyone who has any sort of interest in plants will like this botanical...More

Thank Timeout2001
Reviewed 29 March 2017

My family loves this place. The garden is tucked away into the hillside above Berkeley's main campus and it is incredibly well kept and beautiful. As a birder, I especially enjoy the variety and volume of interesting birds that frequent the garden. It is a...More

Thank mustardenglish
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

The place closes at 5pm so do come early. You will need at least 3 hours to fully enjoy the place. Adult entry fee is $10usd and you can ask for a free map of the place. Take a slow walk around the place and...More

Thank MrNicTan
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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?
30 September 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.