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Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Berkeley

(4.8/5 based on 25 reviews on the web)
The Regional Parks Botanic Garden is a 10 acre botanical garden located in Tilden Regional Park in the Berkeley Hills, east of Berkeley, California, in the United States. It showcases California native plants, and is open to the public in daylight hours every day of the year except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.The Garden was founded on January 1, 1940. Notable specimens include nearly all the state's conifers and oaks, a very good collection of wild lilacs, perhaps the most complete collection of California manzanitas anywhere, expanding collections of Californian native bunchgrasses and aquatics, and representatives of some 300 rare and endangered vascular taxa of California. The Garden is organized into sections, each representing a distinctive natural area in California: Southern California Shasta-Klamath Valley-Foothill Santa Lucia Channel Islands Sierran Redwood Sea Bluff Pacific Rain Forest Franciscan
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  • Both of the Botanical Gardens in Berkeley are excellent, the university one and this Regional Parks one. Very, very crowded and well used. Lots of great trails. Good for the entire family.  more »
  • A lot of amazing plants-trees, flowers, Lichen, we met here. As well as many birds and even lizards. Very nice Park, entrance was free. Parking across the street. Recommend that you do not miss out and relax there with friends or family.
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  • This is one of my all time favorite places, and I feel bereft if I don't visit at least once a month. Please take into account that I am a CA Native Plant Nerd (TM) but it's really a magical place. If...  more »
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  • Among my favorite spots in the East Bay. Love to walk the paths and breathe in the nature. Plenty of benches and a glade to lie down on the grass. In spring and summer the garden is in bloom. Unique to the bay you can find plants from nearly every corner of the state (California) including a grove of Sequoia Redwoods plus Coastal Redwoods, desert cactus, chaparral, ferns, live oaks, cypress, pines, and more. People who have mobility issues may find the garden is not the best since most trails involve stairs or steep ups and downs.
  • This is a wonderful place to see a large selection of California native plants. It's well organized. Most plants have a label colored coded to indicate it's native region of California. All the major regions are represented: desert, mountains, coastal. It's also a very serene place with a creek running through. There are lots of benches where you can sit and just enjoy the peace and quiet.
  • Great collection of plants, and a very calm atmosphere. Good place to visit and wander around for a bit.
  • The best collection of California native plants in existence.
  • I need of the best free spots in Berkeley. Not the best botanical gardens as far as exotics go, but super solid spot. Worth st least a few visits.