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“A botanical garden that is large enough to explore”

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
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US$69.00*
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Ranked #3 of 87 things to do in Berkeley
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 25 November 2013

The UC botanical garden is really a grouping of gardens that represent different ecosystems. You can wander around for quite a while enjoying the varied environments.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

UC Botanical Garden is a hothouse of delight if you are into plants. The variety and sheer beauty of nature's progeny will delight you. And sometimes astound you. A couple of times a year there is a plant sale, a very popular event. There is also a Saturday clinic for bringing your ailing plants for experts to identify and prescribe treatment.

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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Gardens. Akin to the Huntington Library and Gardens. If you are a current Cal student, you hop in for free; unfortunately, the alumni don't get any discounts (yet). There are beautiful gardens stretching along paths marked by cozy benches. I found the herb and cacti garden interesting. There is also a section with plant sales and greenhouses with bees. This place can easily take up 3 hours if semi rushed.

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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Gorgeous gardens. It is amazing how they created gardens by theme: Japanese, midwest, southwest, etc. A really nice visit and quite a bargain. One of those off the beaten path things to do

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Reviewed 25 October 2013

Although it's not the best botanical garden ever (Kew Gardens in England takes that spot), it is very interesting to see the wide variety of plants from around the world that are able to grow in California & not in a greenhouse. It's an educational/research garden which can be seen by all the scientific names labeling the plants & in the greenhouses. The garden is larger than we expected with many small trails so we'll need to go back to see all of it. Since we were there in mid-September, there were only a few flowers & most plants had already gone to seed. We weren't disappointed by this because it allowed us to see what the seeds/pods of different plants looked like. In particular, we learned about the squirting cucumber, which for some reason was in the edible plant section. Since it was the season for seed dispersal, the squirting cucumber did just that & caught us by surprise when it's wet seeds landed on us as it's "cucumber" exploded! Needless to say we didn't capture a video of it, but it's interesting to watch a video of the squirting cucumber to see the force & speed of it's seed dispersal mechanism.

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