Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Berkeley

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Garden
The Regional Parks Botanic Garden is a 10-acre (4 hectare) 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 (Ceanothus species), 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

with subsections:

Antioch Dunes

Coastal Dunes

PondCollected plants include: silktassels, manzanitas, osoberry, currants, barberries, Dutchman's pipe, fuchsia-flowered gooseberry, milkmaids, western leatherwood, scoliopus, redbud, California poppy, trilliums, shooting stars, wallflowers, fritillarias, fawn lilies, rock cress, pussy willows, California rose-bay or rhododendron, woolly blue curls, ninebark, mountain spiraea, summer holly, ceanothus, Chinese houses, irises, styrax, blazing star, monkeyflowers, fremontias, carpenteria, tidy tips, bush poppies, brodiaeas, mariposa tulips, cacti, clarkias, mock orange, western azalea, matilija poppy, fireweed, ocean spray, sweet shrub, columbines, penstemons, scarlet mimulus, buckwheats, evening primroses, gums, larkspur, lupines, California fuchsias, tarweeds, hibiscus, helianthus, snowberries, madrone, cottonwoods, deciduous oaks, dogwoods, hawthorn, willows, and vine maple.
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  • So beautiful! It doesn’t even cost anything to enter. Nice place to go with well behaved kids that can stay on the paths. It was really cool to see so many endangered and extinct plants there. Some...  more »
  • This is an entirely different experience than the U of Cal Berkeley Botanical Gardens. This one is devoted to native California plants. Unfortunately we did not have the time or energy to devote to...  more »
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  • I grew up close to this park,when I was 4, and my parents( father) would take me to this park.There was a pony ride a fairies wheel. It was a fun place to go. My favorite was the train rides.
  • A retreat from the hustle of the city to baptize yourself in the embrace of nature of a great variety of trees, bushes, flowers, bridges, and winding trails. The Park even provide free WiFi in its mountainous terrain. A joyful place for a serene and recluse break.

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