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UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

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Address: 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045
Phone Number: +1 510-643-2755

   Past Strawberry Canyon is the 34-acre Botanical Garden, which...

   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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Especially for its 34 acres, this is one of the most biodiverse and beautiful gardens to hike through and explore anywhere in the world.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
San Francisco, USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I wouldn't come here unless I have lots of time on my hands. Some cool plants and trees, some cool views, but nothing special. Also, there is no bar or shop, not even water is sold, so bring some if you're planning on walking all around the property.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Especially for its 34 acres, this is one of the most biodiverse and beautiful gardens to hike through and explore anywhere in the world.

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Asheville, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The most unique aspect of the Botanical Garden is its collection of plants from around the world. Each area is separated by region (Asia, Australasia, South America, Africa, etc.) with paths winding their ways throughout. Greenhouses include hothouse varieties. There are plenty of benches and shady areas. The number of cacti is impressive, and the California collection is superb. Be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a plant lover I love visiting botanical gardens and have been to several all over the globe. The UC Botanical garden, even though relatively modest in size, is amazing for what it offers. It hosts several plants that are endangered and rare. I loved the layout and how accessible all the plants and trees were to the visitor. The... More 

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This extensive garden is very hilly, and even challenging on some pathways and stairs, but worth it! The labeling of the plants is good, though the self-guided seasonal brochure we got was a bit hard to follow. The water features are nice and peaceful and the Chinese Medicinal Garden is very educational. Well worth a couple of hours of wandering... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love plants and have visited many botanical gardens, the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley is a treasure. You can visit the world in gardens and plantings from South America, the Mediterranean, Mexico and Central America, Eastern North America, Asia, Southern Africa and California. There are greenhouses of tropical plants, orchids, and carnivorous plants. My favorite garden was the Chinese... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband, son and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the botanical garden! It was so beautiful and very well maintained. Very serene. A perfect location to read and relax as well as take in all the gorgeous flowers, plants, trees and herbs. At one spot, you can see the bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge. Some of the... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

not only is it beautiful, but it is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. The garden is arranged geographically, with 9 regions representing every continent except antarctica. Its a trip around the botanical world!

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This place is great for folks with green thumbs and a cool way to show our youth about varieties in greenscapes from around the world, in a beautiful setting. Recently went for a wedding, it was a great venue, kind of small and tight but very cozy. Would definitely go back when I have more visitors. If you cannot walk... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I love to go to the botanical gardens every season spring summer and fall great place to take a picnic basket take a nap afternoon nap amazed at the diversity of plants from Japan and China Australia as well as tremendous amounts of native California plants

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