The University of California Botanical Garden is a living museum open to the public featuring one of the most diverse plant collections in the United States. Established in 1890, the Garden's 34 acres contain over 12,000 different kinds of plants from all over the world.
This worldwide collection features plants of documented wild origin from nearly every continent, with an emphasis on plants from Mediterranean climates (California, Mediterranean Basin, Australia, South Africa, and Chile).
The arrangement of the outdoor collections is primarily geographic by continent of origin or by region including Asia, Australasia, California, Eastern North America, Mediterranean, Mexico/Central America, New World Desert, South America, and Southern Africa.
Present your card at the ticket window for admission.
Daily: 9:00 am–5:00 pm. No entry after 4:30 pm.Free Docent led tours are offered on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm and leave from the Garden Shop.
First Tuesday of each monthChristmas EveChristmas DayNew Year's EveMartin Luther King DayThanksgiving DayAll holiday hours are are subject to change without notice.
From Interstate 80: Take University Ave. exit toward the hills until it dead ends at Oxford Street. Turn Left and travel to the second stoplight. Turn Right on Hearst Ave. and continue to the second stoplight. Turn Right on Gayley Road and travel to the first stop sign. Turn Left Stadium Rimway to the first stop sign. Turn Left on Centennial Drive. The Garden entrance is 3/4 mile on the right. Parking is available across the street from the Garden on the left for a nominal fee.
By Bus from Downtown Berkeley/BART (Weekdays ONLY): Take BART to the Downtown Berkeley Station. Exit BART and walk across street to Bank of America. Wait at Campus Shuttle Stop in front of bank. Take Shuttle ($1) to the Evans Hall/ Hearst Mining Circle and transfer to the H (Hill) Shuttle to UC Botanical Garden