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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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Peaceful Garden & Grounds for Everyone

Stroll along the paths and enjoy California's vast variety of plants. I was so surprised at the beauty that the Golden State holds. There are many other plants from other counties... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2016
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

Stroll along the paths and enjoy California's vast variety of plants. I was so surprised at the beauty that the Golden State holds. There are many other plants from other counties and they all come together beautifully. Birds and butterflies abound and the garden is beautiful no matter the weather. Even the drippy fog adds a mysterious ambiance. Don't miss... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Visited the garden for my old college roommates wedding. This place is the perfect setting for wedding. Nothing like getting out into nature.

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016

Attended a wedding at the Redwood Grove at the Botannical Garden. It was a really great setting for a small wedding. Quiet, cool, private - if thinking of a wedding venue, this is a good place.

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Wichita KS
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Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

We were driving around the campus of UC Berkeley just for something to do when we came across the Botanical Gardens. What a find! We have been to many botanical gardens and this is one of the best.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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Reviewed 27 May 2016

This is a great place to visit if you enjoy nature, gardening, traveling or hiking. I only spent 1 hour total at the park, and I walked along many of the paths. Being on the hill, many of the paths can turn steep quickly, but there are many benches to stop and rest. You can walk to the gardens from... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 23 May 2016

This garden is part of the University of California system and supports teaching and research. In addition, a goal of the garden is to educate the public about the world of plants and the natural environment. To that end, it does the job pretty well. And in addition, it's beautiful location to take a stroll, pack a lunch, and enjoy... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 23 May 2016

Plan an hour or two to walk through the paths and enjoy the botanical garden. Very relaxing place to talk with friends while you are out in the fresh air.

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Reviewed 20 May 2016

Organizatized, educational, really cool and large variety of cacti, sedum and palms. Very well kept and marked. Allow 2 hours.

Thank Cornelia Z
Berkeley, California
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

The Botanical Gardens is quiet and beautiful. I especially like the Japanese Garden with the Salamanders in the pond. It's a lovely place for a picnic or quiet walk and conversation. Not a great place for young or energetic children. There are regular docent led walks which are both fun and interesting. Take comfortable shoes and a bottle of water.

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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

A great place for a 2-4 hour visit, up Strawberry Canyon road behind the University of California Berkeley Campus. There is parking, then beautiful walks with views out across the San Francisco Bay.

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