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UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

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Address: 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045
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   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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Great Garden, Horrible Parking.

The price of admission, amazing views and diverse plantlife make this hidden gem a must see. Definately carve out about four hours of your day to enjoy all that this park has to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Lincoln, California
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Lincoln, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The price of admission, amazing views and diverse plantlife make this hidden gem a must see. Definately carve out about four hours of your day to enjoy all that this park has to offer but be mindful that the parking isn't the most convenient. Morning or afternoon both offer spectacular views and the location of this park is close enough... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

first, the location is nice and geography of location is very nicely used & preserved while creating various sections of this garden. SO this looks very different than the "planned" gardens . There are sections dedicated to each continent and also some special sections like cactus and the "Tropical" climate zone. The garden has a nice stream going through it... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A hillside garden with meandering trails along the hillside and the sound of water, as the stream plunges through the garden. A quiet moment of solitude in the bustling city of Berkeley.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

I come here all the time to relax and meditate. It is big enough that you can find a section to be alone in. Very impressive CA and international section.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The UC Berkeley Botanical Garden is really really cool, even if you don't fancy yourself to be some sort of nerdy plant lover. Cacti of all sorts, jungle stuff, plants and trees from around the world. also great hiking trails nearby

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

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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San Francisco, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

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 27 November 2016 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 20 November 2016

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 19 November 2016

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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