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Berkeley Rose Garden, Berkeley

(4.1/5 based on 100 reviews on the web)
The Berkeley Rose Garden is a city-owned park in the North Berkeley area of Berkeley, California. The Rose Garden is situated in a residential area of the Berkeley Hills between the Cragmont and La Loma Park neighborhoods, occupying most of the block between Eunice Street and Bayview Place along the west side of Euclid Avenue.Rose GardenThe Rose Garden is in the form of a terraced amphitheater nestled in a small canyon and offers stunning views of the city and bay of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Over a hundred varieties of roses grow along the terraces, with maximum blooming occurring in early Spring. The park is bisected by Codornices Creek. The north side of the Rose Garden includes a set of tennis courts. The south side is a grove of Coast Redwoods, bay trees and coastal live oak.Construction of the Rose Garden began in 1933 with funds provided by the federal Civil Works Administration. Construction continued in subsequent years with funding from the California State Relief Administration and the federal Works Progress Administration. It opened on September 26, 1937. Since its inception, the Rose Garden has been the site of numerous rose shows.
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  • This is a totally romantic spot. The roses from May into the fall are resplendent and the views are lovely. There is a marvelous arbor and if you are interested most specimens are identified. It is lo...  more »
  • The Rose Garden itself is small. During the winter, the roses are cut back and not blooming - however, it is still worth visiting for the views. Cordornices Park is across the street and is a beautifu...  more »
  • You enter the rose garden at the top of the hill, and can then walk down the terraces. It is well maintained with a variety of roses.  more »
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  • It was a beautiful warm summer's day to venture out to Berkeley in the late afternoon to check out the Rose Gardens. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect, I had heard parking would be a little difficult because there isn't a designated parking lot. But I didn't experience much difficulty, it just took a little bit of patience and a bit of driving slower, in search of a parking space. Parking is completely free and so is the Rose Garden. The garden wasn't too crowded, but there were plenty of people walking, sitting and admiring the flowers. There are plenty of benches along the perimeter of the many of the flower beds and there are tennis courts off to the side of the garden, which I thought was a little random. Currently the roses are in full bloom and they're beautiful. Besides them being in their flower beds, they are in full view and capable of being photographed at several different angles. Like the Plant Tour I took last weekend at Tilden, there are small signs near the roses telling you what roses you are viewing. There are stone steps to the garden and another set of stairs towards more beds of roses. Be careful when going down the stairs, they are pretty steep and they are high steps. While the rose garden is a beautiful and peaceful place to be, I don't know how soon I will be returning, like I said it's not a very large garden, i was able to see the entire garden area in about an hour. On a warmer less windy day, it could serve as a nice peaceful place to chill, relax, read or write. It's a nice leisure place to experience.
  • A nice place to just relax. Beautiful rises overlooking beautiful scenery of the bay
  • Nice garden nestled in the hillside with some pretty incredible views of the city. The roses all have placards identifying the individual varietal, which was nice to see. The garden was a bit unkempt, but no worries there. Overall a nice place for a quick visit. When we visited, parking was free and plentiful, but your mileage my vary.
  • It's a rose garden, so it's an amazing spot to be. Cute little bridge area with water running underneath. Up above is a nice spot for sunset. And across the street is a great park.
  • If the sunset looks like it might be good one, this a lovely place to come and chat with a friend or someone special (maybe bring a wine bottle in a paper bag. Not really much of a walk but In the summer the roses are in bloom.