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Review of UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

UC Botanical Garden at 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.
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

Before you go down to the booth to buy your parking permit, make a note of your bay number, as you will need it. Cost is $1 per hour and for most 2 hours is adequate. admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors over 65.

The gardens are divided up geographically and the most popular is the Old Bed of Roses near the top, particularly because of the bay view. These roses are at their peak in May so we had the pleasure of an exuberant show of dozens of roses flowering their gorgeous hearts out.

A beautiful day made our visit even more enjoyable.

Visited May 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

Despite the overcast day, we enjoyed it all; but the rose garden area with views of the Bay was quite special!

Visited May 2014
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“Enjoyable. We weren't able to visit the redwood grove area because there was a wedding there.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

Nice diversity of plants. Interesting exhibit areas. They have a cute little gift shop and they sell some nice plant selections. A nice little outing; I would NOT recommend it for kids, however.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank VictoriaL L
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“UC Botanical garden, many gardens in one place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

A very beautiful series of gardens set in the Berkeley hills, representing different parts of the world, and different plant communities. A place of peace and beauty.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Myra L
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Newton, Massachusetts
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“Wonderful garden & concert among the Redwoods”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

I had the joy of attending with my son and daughter-in-law a wonderful folk concert (they are held weekly in the summer from 5-7 pm) in the amphitheatre among the redwoods--a family-friendly place filled with people of all ages and children exploring the paths as the music and songs rose and the sun gradually set through the redwoods, and all was good... This was the final concert of the season. It was an inspiring moment of peace and beauty, which restores hope that life on Earth may be saved...

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Dragonfly162
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