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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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Wedding at the Redwood Grove

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 June 2016
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

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

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

We're garden enthusiasts and this place is amazing!!! With rolling hills to climb, the gardens traverse areas rich in fertile soils that grow everything from a redwood tree to fine culinary herbs. From roses to rhododendron, this place is brimming with beautiful sights and sounds, a babbling brook, conservatories filled with desert plants, ivy, rare plants from all over the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

My friend and I decided to explore the Botanical Gardens at Berkeley one Monday and it was a wonderful time. There are docent led tours certain days but with a map and the markers you can enjoy a leisurely paced stroll thru the acres of gardens on your own. There are several specific areas with something to see in each... More 

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