University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
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This garden in Strawberry Canyon above campus has more than 13,000 distinct varieties of plants on its 34 acres, including specimens of one-third of the native plants ever found in California. The collection is especially representative of Mediterranean-climate varieties from the Americas, Europe, Asia and southern Africa. The Tropical House is cozy all year round, and picnic tables allow for relaxation. The garden hosts many free lectures and events for the public to learn more about gardening and sustainable agriculture. Hard-to-find plants such as proteas are sold on-site at very reasonable prices. A gift shop carries books, souvenirs and cold drinks. Paid parking is available in a lot across the street, or visitors can take a low-cost bus from Hearst Mining Circle in the central campus. Admission is $9 or $7 for seniors and non-Cal students, $5 for teens, and $2 for kids between 5 and 12. Members, kids under 5, and Cal students get in free. The first Thursday of every month is also a free day.
200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720
- Accessibility Details: Handicapped parking and a ramp
- Hours: Daily, 9am - 5pm. Closed the first Tuesday of every month and select holidays.
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